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Spread Holiday Cheer for Our Service Members

The holidays are a great time to reflect on a great year, spend time with family and friends, unwrap surprises, and dig into some tasty food. However, they’re also a time for giving back to those that make sacrifices for us. As a Military Relocation Professional, it is important to me to not only remember what our service members do for us every day but give back and provide our greater community with information on how they can get involved.

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Home Programs Vets Should Know About

Veterans sacrifice a lot for this country. To help honor these sacrifices, special programs were put in place to aid vets in getting and keeping a home. Unfortunately, not all veterans know that these programs exist. Even for those who do, they may not realize exactly what options are available for them and may apply for a program that doesn’t really match their situation ideally.To help sort out some of the confusion, here are a few of the most common home programs that vets might be interested in. As requirements and availability can change over time, be sure to find out more before attempting to apply for any specific program.
 

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Weeds, Wildflowers or Invasive Plants?

If you have plants popping up in your yard that you didn’t plant, your first instinct may be that it’s a weed. You very well might be right; after all, what are weeds except for unwanted plants? At the same time, it’s possible that you’ve got wildflowers growing on your property. Depending on your view of wildflowers, that could change things significantly.

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What Defines a ‘Green Home’?

It’s Friday, and that means I am back again with another installment of posts about living green in San Diego. Though we often hear the term ‘green home’ thrown around when referring to new homes and materials being used in their construction, have you ever wondered what makes a home ‘green’? Surely not just some paint! In this post, we will explore what makes a property ‘green’, including some pointers on how you can either upgrade your home to earn green-status or what to keep an eye out for when looking at new properties.

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Invest in Your Renters by Screening Them Well: Top Questions to Ask

If you own a rental property, you know how important it is to have the right tenant. Good renters will take care of the property as though it were their own, leaving it as close to how they moved in as possible. Bad renters, on the other hand, make it obvious that they don’t care, since it’s not actually their house; it can take a significant amount of time and money to get your property back to rentable condition after they move out. Wouldn’t it be great if you could only rent to the first group and avoid the second group entirely?

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Understanding the 2019 BAH Changes

The annual change to Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) took effect on 1 January 2019, and many service members will see a change in the BAH amount in their 14 January 2019 paycheck. Thankfully, the BAH rate protection policy means that your BAH won’t go down as long as you remain at the same duty station (except in rare circumstances.) Basically, your BAH can go up, but it can’t go down!

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7 Ways Military Spouses Can Face the Holidays Alone During Deployment

Feeling the holiday spirit yet? If so, great!

But for some military spouses, the upcoming holiday season doesn’t bring thoughts of joy this year. During my husband’s last deployment, I often expressed the wish that I could pull the covers over my head in November and wake back up in January so I could simply skip all the trappings of the holiday season and feigned interest when my heart wasn’t really in it.

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