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    4 MilitaryByOwner App Features That Make Your Home Search Easy

    While house hunters used to be dependent on signs in the yard and flyers in the coffee shop, they're not anymore. 95% of home buyers search online first. It makes sense.  Shopping for a home online is an easy way to research and tour properties before taking a look in person. 

    Because the online presence is crucial to home buyers and renters, we know that it’s equally important for home sellers, landlords, and property managers. Since buyers and renters live online, your listing needs to be there. That's where MilitaryByOwner comes in! 

    You know about our site. Homeowners, property managers, and landlords near military installations utilize our reach to find families moving to the nearby duty station. Because PCS moves are hard enough as it is, our goal is to make this part of the process easier.  We connect and network moving military families so everyone can transition as painlessly as possible. 

    Have you seen MilitaryByOwner's app? If you haven’t downloaded it (for free!), now is a good time. It’s an extension of our site and makes your home search mobile. If you’re unfamiliar with it, take a look at these features.

    4 Features on the MilitaryByOwner App

     

    4 MilitaryByOwner App Features to Make Your Home Search Easy

    1) Search Options

    First, download the MilitaryByOwner app: 

    MilitaryByOwner's app offers a variety of ways to help you start your house hunt. It comes down to, how do you want to search for your next property? From the main page, you can select "Find Local Listings"  to use your current location. From there, select the “map” or “list” view to sift through your search results. 

    MBO app search

    You can also select either Properties for Sale or Properties for Rent from the main app page. From there, select a base and then use the following search features.  

    IMG_07522) Must-Have Search Criteria Help Narrow Your Results

    Since you'll want to hone in on listings that are suitable for you and your family, start with our basic filter options. 

    MBO app searchAvailable date. You don’t need to see any rental homes populate that aren’t available before you are. Go ahead and narrow that down closer to your "report no later than" date to ensure a swift transition. 

    Property type. If you have a property type in mind, whether it's a single-family home, townhome, or apartment, this is a good chance to weed out all the others that don’t meet these major criteria. 

    Or maybe you’re on the hunt for a room to rent? It’s far more common than you’d think! A room for rent can offer flexibility and freedom and is often easy on the wallet.  

    “A room for rent sparks thoughts of a college kid or a recent grad just starting in life. But renting out a room is a viable option for many, specifically those looking for a short-term rental (less than a year).” — What to Know When Searching for a Room for Rent

    The number of beds/baths. With not often considered “features,” this specification is a quick and easy way to narrow your search to your preferred housing options.  

    Price range. And don’t forget about your budget! While it’s fun to look at properties near your next duty station as soon as your orders are in hand, you'll want to make price range a priority once you've finalized your budget.

    This includes learning:
    • Your new Basic Housing Allowance.
    • Fair market value for homes in the area.
    • The average cost of utilities. 
    • Financial goals for your future. 

    Related: 5 Steps to Balance Your Home Buying Dream Against Your Budget Reality

    3) Filters to Merge Your "Must-Have" and Wishlist Preferences  

    We all have must-haves when it comes to our next property to rent or buy, along with our wish lists. Those criteria help us narrow the search beyond simply the number of bedrooms and bathrooms we need to get by. Take a look at some of the filters you can click to hone in your house hunt to find that property that’s perfect for you and your family.  Some filters you can select: 

    • Dining room 
    • Family room 
    • Den/office 
    • Fireplace 
    • Basement 
    • Swimming pool 
    • Disability features
    • Washer/Dryer
    • Patio
    • Deck 
    • Fence 
    • Hardwood floors 
    • Sprinkler system 
    • High-speed internet 

    Plus, you’ll find a few of those fun features that help cross off a few of those wish list items like: 

    • Corner Lot 
    • Waterfront 
    • Golf course 
    • Water Access 
    • Cul-de-sac 
    • Water view 
    • Horse property 

    Keep in mind, while we offer these features as search criteria, not all advertisers include them in their advertisements. 

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    Bigger ticket items such as a swimming pool, disability features, corner lot, water view, and a sprinkler system will likely be included in the listing. However, less significant features may not. This means that when you narrow your search criteria, you might miss homes that meet your criteria simply because the advertiser didn’t  highlight it in their listing. 

    Try a couple of different approaches to making sure you get an accurate pool of properties to choose from, and always, read through the home's description and contact the number or email associated with the property if you have further questions!

    Learn more about home buying in our article Home Buying 101: What You Need to Know Before Buying a Home.

    4) Sync Your App Search with Your Site Log-In  

    The best part about the app is the opportunity to log into your account. Because, while the app makes your search mobile, our site offers more features that you’ll likely want to include in your house hunt, such as searching by the school district. 

    Ready to get your search underway? Hopefully, the process feels just a smidge less overwhelming now. Happy house-hunting, and as always, let us know if you have any questions! 

    Reach out to us via our Live Chat buttons located throughout the site. Our hours of operation are 9:00 - 21:00 Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. Or call us toll-free at 866-604-9126.

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    Danielle Keech

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    Danielle Keech

    Danielle is just like you — another down-to-earth military spouse learning every day how to navigate the craziness. As a mama of two, she knows what it takes to juggle solo parenting, a work-from-home career, and the demands of military life. She’s a firm believer that community is a key part of thriving and hopes to remind readers that they’re not alone through her writing. Want to connect? Find Danielle on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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