military relocation: Lend A Helping Hand This Holiday Season - 12/02/13 05:19 AM
Holidays are one of the hardest times for military families separated by deployment.   It is also one of the best times for friends and neighbors to lend a helping hand. It isn't about money it's about a few minutes or a few hours to help with the little things that need to be done.
Simple things such as helping put up their outside holiday lights or getting the Christmas tree in that pesky stand. How about volunteering to stand in line at the post office or UPS store for them. Does mom or dad need a few hours to get … (8 comments)

military relocation: Dealing With Sticker Shock When You Head To Fort Belvoir Virginia - 11/20/13 08:42 AM
Most people hear the term "sticker shock" and they think of cars.  For military families relocating to Fort Belvoir from other bases around the country the term can also explain their first reaction to housing prices in Northern Virginia.  The current real estate market has helped lessen that shock but it is still something to consider as you decide whether you should buy a home in the area.
One of the many benefits that the military offers is the VA loan a perfect way to buy a home near Fort Belvoir with no money down.  The first thing I recommend to anyone … (5 comments)

military relocation: Honoring All Of Those Who Serve Our Country-Veterans Day 2013 - 11/10/13 09:10 PM

Today is just one of the 365 days of the year that we should honor and thank our current and past servicemembers for their courage to serve our country.  Not only do they stand in harms way for our freedom but they but they leave families behind who wait for their safe return.
Thank you for your service to our country. … (6 comments)

military relocation: VA? No way. Listing agents and sellers should be ashamed - 08/25/13 10:49 AM
It is hard to believe in the Northern Virginia area that any agent or seller would reject a VA loan on the premise that a VA appraisal is to tough or their will be a call for petty repairs.  In the last 10 years I've had two requests from VA for repairs on a property.  Both were for peeling paint in homes built in the 1940's.  The cost of repairs was less than $500 TOTAL for 2 homes. 
Let's get real folks and treat an offer as an offer no matter what type of financing the buyer is using.
 
Every Memorial … (4 comments)

military relocation: Tell a Veteran to Miss a Payment to Qualify for a Short Sale and You May be Up Against the CFPB - 05/06/13 10:03 AM
Very important information.  I had a lender tell an active duty military to miss two payments before they would consider their short sale.  It was the "investors" policy.  Needless to say we pushed back hard and having this information is very helpful to pass along to a negotiator.
Statistically, over half of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) complaints to the Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) have to do with mortgages.  Of these, 58 percent of them had to do with loan modification, mortgage collection practices or foreclosure . . . and yes . . . short sales would fall under … (3 comments)

military relocation: America The Beautiful Passes-Free Access To National Parks For The US Military - 05/24/12 09:29 PM
Yesterday I stopped by the Woodbridge office of the National Park Service to pick up my “America The Beautiful” season pass.  Turns out I was the first person to stop by the local office to get one and hopefully the word will get out about this great opportunity.  In support of our troops the National Park Service is offering a special free pass to use at any park maintained by the NPS for active duty military and their dependents for the next year.
In the Woodbridge area the passes are available at the NPS Regional office in Brook Center off of … (8 comments)

military relocation: Welcoming Wounded Warriors Home To Fort Belvoir - 12/04/11 06:02 AM
This past week two prototype homes for injured US soldiers. were unveiled at Fort Belvoir.  The two homes called the Freedom and the Patriot Homes are the first houses developed as part of a collaborative project between the Wounded Warrior Home Project, the Department of Defense and Clark Realty Capitol.  The mission of the project is to develop barrier free housing for wounded soldiers and set new standards in accessible design that can be used anywhere.
Architect Michael Graves & Associates led a team that for over a year studied all of the principals of universal design and also looked at … (31 comments)

military relocation: Military Families in Port Potomac-Help From the DoD HAP Program - 11/21/11 07:38 AM
Are you a military service member who owns a home in the Port Potomac neighborhood in Prince William County? Did you buy or have a ratified contract on your home prior to July 1, 2006? Did you leave the area before September 30, 2010 and rent your home? Thinking of selling your Port Potomac home in 2012?Have you heard of the Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program?
Since the program was approved Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group have assisted 34 military families in the Northern Virginia area with successful sales of their homes under the guidelines of the Department of … (3 comments)

military relocation: Tuesday Stroll In Northern Virginia-The Cannons Still Keep Watch At Fort Ward Park - 09/27/11 11:28 AM
You might think as you start to stroll the treed grounds at Fort Ward Park in Alexandria that this is just another nice place to stretch your legs or have a picnic.  However as you start to explore you discover the parks history.  Fort Ward was a Union fort used during the civil war to help protect the DC area. 
Strolling the grounds you come across the raised ground where the cannons took aim on Confederate troops.  You will also see the entrance to the bunkers which helped shelter the 500 troops stationed at the Fort from 1861-1865.  The preserved fort … (12 comments)

military relocation: Paydays for Military Retirees Are Changing - 09/08/11 01:35 AM
Great information for all military retirees who will be wondering what is going on with their pay at the end of September and the end of the year.  Though early checks are nice there can be complications to consider.  Thanks to Louise for pointing out this information.
 
According to information provided at www.Military.com, paydays for military retirees and those who receive portions of retired pay are changing for September and December,as the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) changes its pay schedule to comply with the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act. This year payments normally scheduled for Oct. 3, 2011 … (1 comments)

military relocation: Woodbridge Military Family Makes A Move After A Successful VA Compromise Sale - 08/26/11 02:38 PM
First a deployment and then PCS orders meant my sellers needed to make a move.  Unfortunately they had missed the deadline to qualify for the Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) so it looked as if a short sale was in their future.  As we started talking about the process I learned they had a VA loan on their home which meant there was another alternative.
Though a VA Compromise sale is similiar to a short sale, the lender can file a claim with VA for the difference between the proceeds and the payoff amount. This makes it easier for … (0 comments)

military relocation: The Greatest Tragedy Is Being Forgotten: Remembering 30 - The Names of The Fallen Heroes from August 6 - Please Pass Along - 08/25/11 12:38 PM
The loss of these brave men will be felt by their families for a long time.  
Also across the news wires was this wrenching photo from the funeral of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson and his loyal dog Hawkeye who mourns his loss as well.
Doug Mourns at Casket of Fallen Navy Seal

 

 
Remember 30 - A Virtual Memorial
Below are the names of the gallant men who died in the service of their country and its people, when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on August 6, in support of Operation Freedom.
Please take a … (3 comments)

military relocation: Money Magazine Puts Montclair In Prince William County In The Top 100 Places To Live - 08/16/11 03:19 AM
Money Magazine recently named Montclair #35 on it's Top Ten List of Best Places to live in the US. There are plenty of reasons why Montclair would make the list. You can start with the 107 acre lake residents have access to. Montclair is one of a handful of neighborhoods in Northern Virginia that offers a private lake and beaches for residents to enjoy.With over 5200 homes Monclair is one of the larger planned communities in the area but with the mature trees and large lots you don't feel as if you are in a typical planned community. The community offers … (15 comments)

military relocation: I Say ToeMayToe-You Say TahMayToe-At The End Of The Day It's Still A Fruit - 07/11/11 10:44 AM
That's right a tomato is a fruit. There are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes and they aren't all red.  However at the end of the day no matter how you pronounce it or what your favorite is it is still a fruit.
That's the same way with blogging.  Everyone has the choice to pick not only the platform they use but what they want their blog to accomplish.  Want to use your blog just to post listings?  Want to blog about local events?  Want to focus on short sales?  Want to blog about neighborhoods?  Want to feature your photography?  Go ahead it's … (83 comments)

military relocation: Lake Ridge VA- CJ Realty Group Puts a SOLD sign in Front of Another Lake Ridge Home - 06/22/11 11:27 AM
This terrific renovated townhouse in the Lake Ridge neighborhood is the latest Lake Ridge listing by CJ Realty Group to find a new buyer. The settlement came together quickly thanks to the team work of the buyer's agent and their lender. The sellers of this home put a lot of work into it and next week we close on their brand new home in another neighborhood in Woodbridge, VA.


Lake Ridge is one of the 10 largest planned communities in the United States but it still retains the feel of small town America. Check out a current list of … (12 comments)

military relocation: A Sign of The Times-A Change At The "Wives" Club At Fort Belvoir - 06/14/11 08:29 AM
For years military installations across the US have offered the fellowship for the "wives" of active duty and retired military though the "wives" club.  However today's military spouses aren't always "wives".  At Fort Belvoir there has been a name change to reflect the new status of the dependents of those eligible to participate in the Officers Wives Club.  The new club name is the Officer Spouses Club.  Though the club membership has been available to men for many years the name did not reflect the open door policy.  Now it is official and the board members hope the name change will … (6 comments)

military relocation: Fort Belvoir Community Hospital-The Future Arrives For Local Troops in August 2011 - 06/07/11 08:24 AM
For the last few years driving through the Pence Gate on Fort Belvoir military families have watched the progress of the new $1 Billion Fort Belvoir Community Hospital could be seen.  From the first set of plans to the finishing touches everything is being done to make the new hospital a world class facility.
In addition to the world class care within the hospital a new Warrior in Transition facility is also nearing completion as well.  For injured service members this allows easy access to the hospital facility but independent living in a shared apartment with separate bedrooms.  The hospital is … (10 comments)

military relocation: Lorton Virginia-Where Old And New Blend Together To Welcome You Home - 05/31/11 09:19 AM
Most people moving to the Lorton area of Fairfax County don't realize the history surrounding the area. Starting with our nations founding fathers, George Washington and George Mason, Lorton has always held an important place in our local history. From Pohick Church built in 1774 to today Lorton has been a place where many put down roots.Today with the BRAC expansion of Fort Belvoir and the National Geospatial Intellegence Agency Lorton once again is taking center stage with it's popular new Lortion Station Town Center, the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, Laurel Hill Golf Club and the Viriginia Rail Express (VRE) station … (4 comments)

military relocation: Memorial Day 2011-Spending the Day in A Different Way - 05/30/11 07:40 AM
Most of you read my blog know that Memorial Day and other holidays honoring our veterans and active duty military personnel are important to me.  Most years on Memorial Day I have made an early morning visit to Arlington Cemetery to pay my respect to all of those who have served including my husband.  This year I'm spending the holiday with friends at the Outer Banks in North Carolina.However even though I"ve changed my location this year it doesn't mean that my thoughts aren't with the families of those who have lost loved ones.  As I look out over the Atlantic … (9 comments)

military relocation: Free Admission To Hundreds Of US Museums For Military Families All Summer - 05/28/11 12:36 AM
More than 600 museums across the US will be offering to free admission to active duty military and their families this summer as part of Operation Appreciation.The Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts partnered to create this opportunity for families to enjoy everything from local children's hands on museums to those that feature art, history and science. “The Blue Star Museums initiative is a tangible expression of appreciation to service members and their families,“ said Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy."
Each museum will offer free admission to an active duty military member … (9 comments)

 
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