Spring is Coming and So Are the PCS Orders Out of Nothern Virginia

PCS Orders Out of Nothern Virginia
A sure sign of spring in Northern Virginia is the steady stream of PCS orders military families are receiving to head to their new duty station.  So far this year military families I am working with are heading around the world including Okinawa, Hawaii, Thailand and the more “usual” spots of FL, GA, SC and OH.

This year’s PCS orders bring a different level of stress than in former times.  Families who purchased a home when they arrived 4 or 5 years ago now are faced with a home that has lost value.  Deciding whether to sell or rent their home becomes a difficult decision.

For military families who purchased (or contracted to buy) their home prior to July 1, 2006 the Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) is one solution that can help.  Designed to help offset the costs and loss associated with selling your Northern Virginia home in a down market the program is working well to help ease the pain of selling.

The program does have requirements and guidelines to follow including filling out the application available on the USACE website, a ratified contract and a loss of value of at least 10%.  In our area there has been no problem in meeting the loss in value criteria.  Homes MUST be sold for fair market value, no accepting low ball offers and due to a limitation of funding the deadline for PCS orders is now September 2010.

The best news would be if Congress authorized additional funding to change the dates associated with the HAP program.  However in the meantime any military member with PCS orders leaving the Northern Virginia area and selling their home needs to start the process.  With the huge influx of applications the real estate specialists in Savannah (supporting the Northern Virginia Region) are slammed with files.

If you are considering selling your home and using the DoD HAP program give me a call
at 703-346-2213 to set up a time to talk through your situation.   I’ve successfully settled five transactions in 2010 and have more in process.  I understand the processing guidelines and have the latest updates from the Savannah office.    Let’s see if the HAP program can help you sell your Northern Virginia home.


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If you are interested in learning more about the Northern Virginia Real Estate market including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William Counties give Cindy Jones and Integrity Real Estate Group a call at 703-346-2213.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsCindy Jones • March 02 2010 04:06PM


Cindy, these families are really lucky to have someone who really knows her stuff when it comes to the HAP program. 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Cindy:  If I ever run into a seller who needs to take advantage of any of these special programs geared to military families, I know who I'm referring the sale to.  You are always on top of this stuff.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 9 years ago

I don't even know what a PCS is, but I can tell you make it a point to know how and what your clients need!

Posted by Dan Edwards 425-276-7008 (Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue) over 9 years ago

Pat-I had a conversation with another agent yesterday who said they were working with a HAP seller.  As she described their situation I knew they were not eligible for HAP beneifts it made me cringe that they were getting such bad advise.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Chris Ann-it is the least I can do since I have had the beneift of working with so many great military families. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Dan-thanks.  I sometimes speak in military short hand.  It comes from having lived the life and serving a number of military families in Northern Virginia.  PCS is Permanent Change of Station.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

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