Rental Real Estate and Liability

April 12, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Many military families become landlords when they PCS and can't, or don't want to , sell the house they've purchased.  Being a landlord can be a blessing or a nightmare, depending on a wide variety … [Read more...]

MilitaryByOwner vs. AHRN

March 27, 2014 | Kate Horrell

When it comes to renting your property, there are two major players that target military audiences exclusively. There are other websites, but they don't have the coverage or name recognition of … [Read more...]

New Law Requires Monthly Mortgage Statements

February 12, 2014 | Kate Horrell

A new law means that homeowners will be seeing more paper in their mailboxes.  Just what we all needed, right? As part of the huge changes to mortgage banking laws, lenders are now required to … [Read more...]

Geographic Bachelor-ing

February 10, 2014 | Kate Horrell

I often get questions about people who are considering a geographic bachelor tour, and wondering about their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and their finances.  Geographic bachelor (or "geo-bach") … [Read more...]

Do Not Base Housing Costs on BAH Rates

February 05, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Two recent comments have me thinking about Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and actual housing costs.  In one comment, a person wanted to know the BAH rate for their new location so that they could, … [Read more...]

2014 VA Loan Limits

December 29, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Loans backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, usually called VA loans, can be a great opportunity to purchase a home with little or no money down.  We bought our first home with a VA loan, way … [Read more...]

2014 BAH Rates Released

December 17, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Whoohoo!  The 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates have been released.  Find out what rates for your area will be, and check out places where you think you might live (or might want to … [Read more...]

2014 BAH – Still Not Released

December 16, 2013 | Kate Horrell

The 2014 BAH rates have been released!  Click here to see the full story. If you've been searching around the internet for the 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, you can stop looking … [Read more...]

Understanding The BAH Formula

December 16, 2013 | Kate Horrell

As we all anticipate the release of 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates, it seems to be exactly the right time to review how BAH is calculated. If you don't understand, it certainly seems … [Read more...]

Understanding BAH Rate Protection

December 16, 2013 | Kate Horrell

In anticipation of the 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates being announced soon, I thought it was exactly the right time to review the Department of Defense (DOD) policy on BAH rate … [Read more...]

When Will 2014 Military Pay Be Announced?

December 07, 2013 | Kate Horrell

Update 28 December 2013:  The President has signed the National Defense Authorization Act and it is now law.  The NDAA includes provisions for a 1.0% increase in military pay.  Read more here: … [Read more...]

Why I Shouldn’t Watch HGTV

August 18, 2013 | Kate Horrell

We've been in the States for a few weeks, and I've been overwhelmed with the amount of media.  There are so many radio stations, and newspapers, and so much television.  I'm not much of a TV … [Read more...]

Benefits for Same Sex Couples Will Begin 3 September 2013

August 14, 2013 | Kate Horrell

The Department of Defense has announced that it will be extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples no later than 3 September 2013.  Affected families have been anxiously awaiting information … [Read more...]

Trees Require Service, Too

August 11, 2013 | Kate Horrell

One of the many surprising expenses of homeownership is taking care of trees.  I LOVE having trees around my house, but I don't love having the responsibility of keeping them healthy and safe.  I … [Read more...]