Permanent change of station (PCS) moves are arguably one of the more difficult parts of military life for families. Even with ample notice and a check-list of all the things that need doing, a military move rarely goes smoothly. Throw in a pandemic, and you’re looking at a pretty rough ride – pun intended.
So what happens when your spouse receives short-notice orders not only for a PCS, but also for a year-long tour in Korea? All within weeks of each other – and during a pandemic, no less?
This situation is precisely what happened to Megan Brown and her family. Brown is an Air Force spouse, mom, writer, speaker, and military missionary. When her husband, Keith, received orders back to Mississippi from Georgia, the family was excited because they would be returning to what they considered “home”. Because they were going to retire in Mississippi, they would be buying their forever home. With only a short time to find a house and settle into a new routine before Keith left, they knew they had quite a challenge in front of them. “The [most] challenging aspect of our move was the rushed nature of our relocation. Shortly after we arrived on the coast, my husband was PSC’d to Korea for a 12-month short tour. So, we moved from Georgia to Mississippi and prepared for a huge shake-up in our routine.” Brown said.
Fortunately, Megan was put in contact with realtor Crystal Boggs through MilHousing Network’s referral system. MilHousing Network helps connect military families with experienced realtors to assist them in the moving process. Because Megan and Keith were having to take care of most of their PCS from a distance due to COVID-19, Boggs sprang into action. She helped the couple determine what they wanted in a home and got straight to work to help them find the home of their dreams. “Crystal was flexible and conducted virtual showings for us. We had a few offers that didn’t pan out, but after one trip to the Gulf Coast, we found our forever home.” Brown also said that Boggs. “was attentive to what we wanted in a home, especially focusing on our absolute needs in a home. She helped us find the perfect house for us.”
Brown also complimented Boggs on her expertise and described working with her to complete the PCS process as ‘completely seamless’. Brown said that Boggs did most of the “hard” work for them. “She connected us to our mortgage company, a reputable insurance agency, and provided a list of the local utility companies. All of the information we needed was given to us in a check-list format so that we were able to smoothly transition during our move.” Brown said.
Today, Brown and her family are settled happily in their new home in Mississippi. Megan credits not only her amazing realtor, but MilHousing Network for putting them in touch. If you are a military family in search of a new home at a new station, take Megan’s advice: “Find a realtor that is familiar with the needs of military families.” To connect with a MilHousing Network approved realtor in your area, click here.