The PCS Orders Have Arrived and Your Headed to Northern Virginia

House MazeThe PCS orders have arrived! The phone has been ringing as military families around the world have gotten the word that their next duty station is in the Northern Virginia area.  The first few days after the PCS orders arrive all the questions about housing, schools and transportation can lead to sleepless nights.  Don't worry it is easy to find your way through the maze of options and get you settled in the area in no time.

Most military personnel headed to the area choose to live in either Fairfax, Prince William or Stafford Counties and whether you are going to buy or rent there are plenty of neighborhood options for you to choose from.  If you are thinking of buying a home, the current Northern Virginia market provides you the chance to find a good value on homes in neighborhoods scattered through out the area. Military personnel are dusting off their VA Certificate of Eligibility and checking with local lenders about the options available to use their VA loans. If buying is the plans make sure you have talked to a lender prior to making your house hunting trip. Knowing what monthly payment you are comfortable with is important for looking at homes in neighborhoods that meet your price criteria.

There are a number of neighborhoods in Northern Virginia that have always been popular with military families stationed throughout the area including Cardinal Forest, Belmont Bay, and Westridge are just a few of the choices.  The options are as varied and there is something for everyone in a wade range of prices.

If you have school age children starting with information on local schools through the Fairfax County or Prince William County or Stafford County  school sites or the Great Schools website will also assist you in determining the right neighborhood for your family.

The final big piece of the puzzle is how do I get around the area?  If you are coming from a smaller more laid back part of the country then driving around the roads in Northern Virginia can be a bit intimidating.  The good news is there are loads of transportation options for you to consider and there are plenty of families that find they can get by with one car.  With the price of gas at an all time high learning the ins and outs of our public transportation options is critical.

The best way to get through the maze is to call a Realtor® who has been through numerous military moves and is a native of the area. I’ve lived through the best and worst military moves and know how to help your family learn about Northern Virginia and find a neighborhood that you will want to call home during your tour of duty. My military relocation network is at your fingertips through my on-line resources, on the phone and in person. Don’t lose sleep over your orders. I’m here to help you with a smooth transition!


Cindy Jones

As an Associate Broker with RE/MAX Allegiance in Northern Virginia and native of the area I can assist you whether you are buying, selling or renting a home anywhere in Northern Virginia. For more information about the area or my services you can check VaRealEstateTalk or my Northern Virginia website.

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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 7 commentsCindy Jones • June 23 2008 09:41PM


I PCS'ed to the area in the 90's.  You definitely need an experienced REALTOR to get you around when house hunting!  If only they could keep you around for the first month or so as a personal guide while sightseeing, shopping, etc.!!!  lol......

I loved our tour there.  There is sooooo much to do!!!  You are so lucky to be a REALTOR there!!

Posted by Linda Coen-Cushman (Coen-Cushman Real Estate, LLC.) almost 11 years ago

Yowsa!  That may mean that people are actually going to start moving into Anne Arundel County, MD and the surrounding area to Ft. Meade and a tad to Andrews AFB in Prince George's.

Come on down!!!!

Posted by Ken Montville, The MD Suburbs of DC (RE/MAX United Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

More great info  with helpful links for those relocating to your area. 

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 11 years ago

Really nice post.  Full of great information for buyers relocating to the area. 

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) almost 11 years ago

Linda-I've done plenty of personal tours over the years.  I enjoy helping folks learn a few of the backroads around the area so they can avoid the traffic jams on the major highways.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago

Ken-they are headed our way.  Watch out! 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago

Cynthia-thank you for stopping by.  It is busy season here!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago

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