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Should You Be Living Off Base or On Base? TipsIf you're in the military, you have the choice to live on or off the military base. The place where you live can make a big difference in your overall experience in the military. Knowing the differences between each option as well as the pros and cons can help you decide whether life on a military base is right for you.

Benefits of Living On Base

A military base is a facility owned by the military. People in the military have the option of living on base, in military-owned housing. Often, people interested in living on base must put in their request months or even years in advance. However, there are many advantages of living on the base.

Convenience

Military bases come with basic services like schools, parks and stores. People who live on

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The Best Cities for Road Trips from Colorado Springs COWhen people live in a city in Colorado, they know just how much there is to explore. There's always a new hike, restaurant, or activity to try to make the most of a person's free time. Still, sometimes it's nice to get out and really explore the state to learn more about its history, people, and future. Colorado Springs is close to a number of major cities in the state, making it one of the perfect locations from which to plan a road trip. Those who want to stay in Colorado should first know how far each city is, and what it will be like once they get there.

Denver

Located just 70 miles away (about an hour drive) from Colorado Springs, Denver is the capital city of Colorado and is an exciting place to stay for a weekend or two. Visitors can gaze

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What You Need to Know About IRRRL Veteran RefinancingVeterans and qualifying military families may have the ability to lower their home mortgage interest noticeably with a VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL). This is one of the most powerful refinancing options around, and the process is actually fairly simplistic compared to traditional options. Here is what veteran homeowners need to know regarding VA IRRRL's.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Exactly is a VA IRRRL?

Sometimes called a VA Streamline, IRRRL is a quick refinancing option that has far fewer requirements to comparable programs such as a VA cash-out refinance. Qualifying veterans and military families may be

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4 best colorado springs neighborhoods for families

Colorado Springs is a very desirable city for families. The great schools, beautiful surroundings, and abundance of family-friendly activities all make Colorado Springs one of the most kid-friendly cities around.

If you're moving to Colorado Springs, or relocating within Colorado Springs, you'll probably want some inside information on the best family neighborhoods in this fun and safe city.

Here's a list of the 4 best places to raise a family in Colorado springs.

Broadmoor

The Broadmoor area is an obvious choice when it comes to any list of the top neighborhoods in Colorado Springs.

It's big, green, beautiful, and has a lot of attractions for residents and tourists alike. If you're taking a family vacation in Colorado Springs, then

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moving from fort rucker to fort carson

Getting comfortable with a new city can be a daunting part of PCSing. Not only are you adjusting to new living arrangements and a possible new job, but there are also all the subtle idiosyncrasies and customs to learn when getting used to a new town.

On paper, Fort Rucker and Colorado Springs could not be more different. With one being in the beautiful state of Alabama and the latter being located in the dry, high-altitude desert climate of Colorado. Before moving from Fort Rucker to one of the numerous military bases in The Springs, here are five things you should know:

Physical Activity May be Difficult for a Brief Period

Many service members who PCS to Fort Carson or Peterson Air Force Base notice a significant change in their physical

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Great Neighborhoods Near United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs

The Springs is just simply a great place to live. Ranked at the #2 Best Places to Live by U.S. News, Colorado Springs offers an incredible quality of life, a generally sunny and dry climate, and a scenic mountain landscape full of outdoor spaces to explore.

The United States Air Force Academy's western campus also calls Colorado Springs home. If you are coming to The Springs to join the USAF Academy as faculty or have a cadet that passed the extremely competitive admission stage (congratulations!), then you will be looking for a place to call home.

We have put together an overview of great neighborhoods near the USAFA to help you in your search. If you need more information about these neighborhoods, please reach out to us with your

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PCSing with pets

PCSing can be a stressful time of any military personnel's life. Relocating with a family and pets often adds to that stress. Here are four things you should know about relocating with your family and pet.

1. Are You Married or Single?

Married military personnel have more options when it comes to PCSing. In most cases, your pets are included as a dependent and everyone in the family moves together. This means that you simply need to notify the right officers and make proper arrangements for your pets to be moved with the family. However, it can also be really difficult to get into family housing. In some cases, it can take a year to get in, which means you'll have to find a pet-friendly rental somewhere in Colorado Springs, that's ideally

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Why Should You Live in Pueblo CO?A short 30-minutes outside Colorado Springs sits one of the last remaining major steel-producing cities in the United States. However, to residents who live in Pueblo, CO, the city should better be known for its culture, arts, food, and recreation. Often overlooked by buyers looking in Colorado Springs, Pueblo is an amazing city with incredible amenities and an affordable housing market that should make you look twice.

Here are 7 great reasons to live in Pueblo:

1. It's Affordable

One of the most obvious reasons to move here is that it is affordable. According to Livability.com, the majority of homes in Pueblo are below $299,000 with the majority of home values ranging from $50,000-$149,000. This is in stark contrast to many neighborhoods in

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Why Should You Buy a Home Rather Than Live On Base?With 5 military installments, Colorado Springs is home to one of the largest concentrations of military families in the country. While you don't always have a say in where you live in terms of location, you typically have some choices when it comes to living on-base or off.

If you're PCSing to Colorado Springs and are faced with the decision of living in military housing or finding your own accommodations, here are a few reasons why buying your own home is the best choice.

No Waiting Lists

Many bases have a waiting list a mile long. It could take anywhere from a few weeks to a year for military housing, especially if you have a family. For many, this means they'll be forced to rent for a time until they can get into on-base housing. As rental

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How to Move Quickly and Easily for a PCSNearly every military family experiences a PCS move at least once in their life, but many have become seasoned pros by the time they end their service. From organizing and packing to moving and finding a new home, the whole process can be overwhelming for anyone, but it doesn't have to be with the help of some supportive friends and endless online resources at your fingertips. We've curated some of the top tips by military families, for military families, to help make your next move as smooth as possible.

Get Rid Of Excess Stuff

It happens to everyone. After a few years in a home, everyone happens to collect stuff that they've used once or not at all. If you have any boxes in the basement from your last move, it probably means that you haven't

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