Moving to Paradise – A Guide to PCSing to O’ahu

Did you just receive your orders for Hawaii? Or are you trying to PCS here?

If so, have you traveled here previously? You may have visited but find the prospect of gathering information on housing, communities, schools, and adapting to your new life as a resident daunting.

You’re a step ahead if you’ve been here or maybe even resided here before, but if not, I would like to try to make the transition smoother for you. Whether you’re planning to live on base, rent a private home, or purchase a home here, Hawaii VA Loans has published a concise guide that gives you great information you can put to use immediately, including:

  • community profiles
  • private and public school options
  • recreation and dining
  • comparative housing costs

Being a part of the Military Specialized Team for Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers is an honor. Indeed, many on our team are former active duty military service members or are military spouses. We take pride in assisting military members with using their BAH to purchase a home here with no money down and minimal out-of-pocket cost. We are familiar with Hawaii’s specialized market, knowledgeable about VA loan regulations and will strive to match you and your family with a home that makes your Hawaii experience your best duty station yet. Hawaii Life’s commitment extends to supporting the community as well; we take part in and sponsor many military-related events for all branches of service.

Being on an island with limited land area and high worldwide demand is a unique situation; and while sale prices are higher than some parts of the mainland, real estate also consistently proves to be a wise investment. While there are no guarantees, after the typical three-year tour (if you chose not to rent out your home), you will likely experience an appreciation of your property’s value. Of course, the longer you hold onto this asset, the greater the chance for even more appreciation. We find many owners hold onto the home in hopes that one day they will retire here because they love Hawaii that much!

Please get in touch for your free copy of a 2017 PCS Guide to Hawaii, or if you’d like to get pre-approved for a VA loan. I will be happy to work with you and assist you with any questions you have on real estate on Oahu and the communities around base.

I have personally worked with various VA loan specialists from Hawaii VA Loans for over 7 years, and while most companies can do VA loans, I’ve found that their specialized focus and experience are an asset to my clients.

If you are interested in using your VA benefits to purchase a home in Hawaii, put my wealth of experience as a leader on the Hawaii Life Military Specialized Team to work for you! Contact me, Cathy Possedi, at:

Cathy Possedi, REALTOR(B) CRS, SRS, SFR, MRP

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