Is The Military Travel Ban Affecting You And Your PCS Move?

Is the military travel ban affecting you and your PCS move? “All DoD service members and civilians, and their family members will stop all official travel — such as Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Temporary Duty — through May 11,” as per US Dep of Defense Fact Sheet. The COVID-19 virus is causing worldwide disruption as countries, businesses, and individuals are taking various measures to slow down the spread of infections. Spring and summer are the busiest PCS times on Oahu, and in the US in general and this 60-day ban is sure to cause added stress for our military members and their families. Some people were preparing to move, while some have already shipped their belonging and cars. Others are forced to sit and wait. Keep reading. I may have a few options for you.

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This Could Result In A Very Competitive Market Later

When the ban ends, I have a feeling that we will end up in a “feeding frenzy” situation with buyers looking to buy the limited inventory of homes that we already have. Multiple offers are not uncommon here on Oahu, and everyone rushing to find homes to buy or rent, may experience further hardship with added competition.

I can offer help to those who are open to taking the following option.

Purchasing Sight-Unseen

This may seem like a scary undertaking, but I can assure you that in the right hands, the sight-unseen purchase process is not that scary. I typically do a few sight-unseen sales per year, and everyone I have worked with has been happy with the end result. The process requires trust and co-operation, and most of all, the right use of technology and Realtor knowledge and experience. I can provide that for anyone who is grounded on the mainland and is going to be PCSing in the near future. VA financing guidelines have general leeway times built in for when someone needs to move into their new home after closing; however, please check with your VA lending professional for any loan advice. This means that the buyer doesn’t have to move into their new home until weeks after closing. In addition, most mortgage payments also skip a month, easing the burden of having to make the first loan payment right away. I’m keeping this information general, since I’m not a loan professional, and there are added rules to follow, but in a nutshell, there is flexibility for buyers who are considering purchasing a home, townhome, or condo, ahead of their arrival, especially now that the travel ban is in place.

For information on purchasing a property sight unseen, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Kinga Mills, 808-722-3985 | With today’s technology, and further steps being implemented by sellers and builders to help facilitate sales with as much social distancing as possible, it is a fairly easy process overall. We’re all in this together, and helping people stay healthy, while coping with a temporary “normal” is what we need to do.

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Purchase Options

Military members who are planning on purchasing a home, and who will be PCSing to Oahu, have some options.  Here are a few sight-unseen options:

  • Delayed closing – negotiating a longer closing date with the Seller
  • Closing on a home on a specific date, to make sure that the mortgage payment skips a month, thus alleviating an added financial burden.
  • Purchasing a new home, with longer closing timeframe due to the time it takes to build the home.
  • Negotiating various timelines with the seller in the offer

Oahu PCS Resources

I have written various blogs about Oahu, which include blogs about communities, new homes, PCS helpful hints, and some general information. All of my posts can be found in this LINK, however here are the ones that may apply the most.

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To mitigate some of the buying frenzy and competition that may result after the PCS travel ban is lifted, purchasing sight-unseen may be a good option for some buyers. It’s definitely something that I would recommend considering. I have a lot of experience with this and can definitely help anyone who may be interested. This may not be for everyone, and it’s not a must, but knowing our market, and the typical PCS season, trying to avoid multiple offers and everyone trying to purchase (or rent) all at once could become very stressful for incoming residents. We’re in a difficult situation all over the world, and the only thing we can do now is try to cope with restrictions and deal with the situation that we are in. If I can assist in this process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Please contact me with any questions about buying a property on Oahu.

Kinga Mills | 808-722-3985 |

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Kinga Mills

Kinga Mills is a REALTOR Associate, Luxury Portfolio Affiliate, Military Relocation Professional with Hawai'i Life. I adore Hawaii, its people, and the natural beauty that surrounds me. I live on Oahu. It's a pretty incredible place to call home. There is a little bit of everything here. From pristine beaches and quiet neighborhoods to the trendiest of restaurants in the urban Honolulu. I simply love Oahu and the variety it offers. My real estate career allows me to enjoy the Island life, and to work with some amazing people. With over a decade of experience and hundreds of closed sales, I provide my clients with expert buying and selling advice. My goal for clients is to enjoy the process, while my team and I handle the details. As a member of the Hawaii Life Military Specialized Team, I regularly provide real estate assistance to active-duty military personnel who are PCSing to Hawaii, to the mainland, or overseas. For the Luxury Real Real Estate buyers and sellers, I am affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International and Forbes Global Properties. These exclusive affiliations extend an even greater reach, exposure, and effectiveness within the global luxury marketplace. In my time off, I love walking along the beach, enjoying meals out on the town, and taking family vacations. Sign up for my Oahu Hawaii Life blog updates and follow my journey. You can also find me on HGTV "Hawaii Life" Season 14. I look forward to helping in making your Hawaii Life real estate dreams happen! You can email me at or via phone at (808) 722-3985.

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