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  • The History of Veterans Day

    November 11 was just another day of the year. That was until an end to hostilities, an armistice, took effect between the Allied Powers and Germany on Nov. 11, 1918 on the 11th hour of the day. Although no country signed the Treaty of Versailles until June 1919, officially ending World War I, the day of the armistice marked the end of WWI combat. President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11, 1919 the first…

  • 4 Hidden Expenses to Be Ready for After Moving In

    4 Hidden Expenses to Be Ready for After Moving In

    On the cusp of buying a home, it’s hard to see what damages could occur down the road. The rose-tinted glasses can be especially strong for military homebuyers who finance with a VA loan that practically eliminates down payments and out-of-pocket expenses. VA loan borrowers should take advantage of those savings and set aside what otherwise would’ve been spent on a down payment or closing costs. This way, …

  • 8 Tips For A Successful Winter Move

    8 Tips For A Successful Winter Move

    Although the majority of PCS orders are given in the warmer months of the year, many military families are saddled with the additional stress of moving in the winter. Whether you’re trying a DITY move or a more traditional PCS move, moving in the winter presents unique problems that you need to be prepared to handle. Here are some great tips to make sure you get where you’re supposed to be safely. …

  • Match Your Home to Your Needs

    Match Your Home to Your Needs

    Sometimes a starter home just won’t suffice. Not every military family is at a place in their life for a starter home. Single service members might see starter homes as oversized, while military families with children need more space than a starter can offer. Take a look at this breakdown of types of homes to get an idea of which one accommodates you. Fixer-uppers The homes need some extra TLC from t…

  • Get What You Want from Your Real Estate Agent

    Many members of the military are in an exciting “new” stage of life: new career path, new marriage status, new family additions and a new home. With so many changes, it’s important to feel a sense of comfort in your home. No matter the time frame or the circumstances surrounding your upcoming home purchase, it’s important for your home to truly be home. It’s also important to have an advocate there to hel…

  • When the House You Want to Buy Needs Some Love

    It’s the one. Or is it? When you find a house you love that’s in some disrepair, you feel torn. On the one hand, you could invest some money, time and energy in getting it fixed. Or you could keep shopping the market in hopes of finding the same house in mint condition. Look at these tips to assess what option is best for you. Follow your heart and buy this one. If you love the house and it’s not dilapidate…

  • What’s Stopping You? Hold-Ups and Solutions to Buying a Home

    What’s Stopping You? Hold-Ups and Solutions to Buying a Home

    Buying a home is one of the biggest financial ventures an individual or family will take on in their lifetime. For some, it can seem like a process riddled with obstacles and delays that makes it seem like homeownership is unattainable. But the reality is many of those roadblocks can be overcome. Here’s a look at a few of the major issues that can complicate a home purchase and some of the solutions to help d…

  • PCS Guide: Judge a Neighborhood From Afar

    No matter how temporary a home may be, it’s still a home. It’s meant to be a refuge from a sometimes chaotic, stressful world. It should never be a source of discomfort, meaning you’ve got to weigh your options heavily when choosing a house. While price, size and style are important features, there is so much more that goes into a home’s essence. What happens when you get new orders but don’t have the…

  • 5 Things to Know About REOs

    5 Things to Know About REOs

    Banks are on pace to sell around 500,000 real estate owned homes, or REOs, this year alone, a great opportunity for a homebuyer looking to score a great deal in the struggle housing market. Most bargains will be around 5-10 percent below market value, but some could be as much as 30% below. Still, buying a foreclosed home, and especially one that's gone as long without a buyer as an REO, is a process not for t…

  • Lighthouse: Working With Customers to Build Credit and a New Future

    Lighthouse: Working With Customers to Build Credit and a New Future

    A petite brunette with twinkling blue eyes and dimpled cheeks, Carla Blair-Gamblian might not look like the type you'd choose to be on your side in a fight. But don't let her appearance fool you. Carla works in the credit trenches, and she has been working with customers tackle just about every credit problem you can imagine. And while each of Carla's clients has a unique story, they also have a few things in comm…