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    Dawn M. Smith

    Dawn is a real estate and military life writer who has a serious HGTV habit. When she is not writing, her teen daughter, Army husband, and golden retriever keep her busy through chauffeur duties, travel planning, and long dog walks. Dawn is pleased to share her experiences with MilitaryByOwner readers who are hoping to simplify military family journeys of all kinds. Follow Dawn on Pinterest for more ideas and resources and visit her site at Dawn M. Smith Custom Content Creation.
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    June 17, 2024

    8 Lessons for a First-Time Landlord

    Property Management

    Whether you find yourself an unexpected landlord due to military orders or you've purchased a property intending to rent it out, you should know a few things before you ask your first tenants to sign ...

    June 12, 2024

    Happy 249th Birthday! 19 Facts You Didn’t Know About the U.S. Army

    Military Life

    Discover fascinating facts about the U.S. Army as it celebrates its 249th birthday, from its origins to presidential connections and iconic taglines.

    May 20, 2024

    What to Expect When You Close on a Home

    Selling a Home

    Learn what to expect when closing on a home, from preparation tips to understanding closing costs and even a remote closing. Essential advice for home buyers and sellers navigating the real estate mar...

    May 08, 2024

    10 Military Spouse Blogs We Think You'll Love

    Military Life

    Are you following these military spouse blogs? Get information and support for military life, deployment, organizing your move, finances, travel, and much more.

    May 06, 2024

    5 Things Seasoned Spouses Appreciate About Military Life

    Military Life

    As Military Spouse Appreciation Day approaches, take stock of what you've learned about military life, from resilience to valuable friendships. Embrace the wisdom and insights gained from years of nav...

    May 01, 2024

    Insider Tips for Your Visit to Mount Vernon

    Travel Tips

    We're sharing insider tips for visiting George Washington's Mount Vernon, including seasonal considerations, admission details, dining options, and military connections. Make the most of your trip wit...

    April 29, 2024

    Create a Foolproof System for Keeping Track of Rental Property Expense...

    Property Management

    Learn how to create a foolproof system for tracking rental property expenses with these four tips. Keep your costs clear and organized to maximize your rental property ownership success.

    April 22, 2024

    Everything Renters and Landlords Should Know About the SCRA and the Mi...

    Property Management

    It's important to understand what exactly the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act and a lease's military clause cover when it comes to military renting.

    April 17, 2024

    Moving to Fort Leavenworth: Your Guide to the Best Army Hometown

    Army Posts

    Fort Leavenworth, KS, has a great reputation for enjoying family time in a quaint atmosphere. Read everything you need to know about your PCS to Fort Leavenworth.

    April 15, 2024

    How Home Staging Benefits Both Home Sellers and Buyers

    Selling a Home

    Learn how home staging benefits both home sellers and buyers, from making the home move-in ready to attracting a larger pool of buyers and selling homes faster. Discover the power of home staging!

    April 10, 2024

    Empowering Military Kids Using the Power of Journaling

    Military Life

    Military kids face many challenges and transitions. Learn how one school uses the power of journaling to help milkids cope.

    April 03, 2024

    How to Declutter Before Your PCS Move

    PCS Moves

    Don't pack unwanted items for your next PCS! Learn how to decide whether to donate, sell, recycle, and trash the extra stuff you've found over years of military life.