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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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    February 16, 2024

    Should You Have a Home Inspection? 

    Selling a Home

    Should you have a home inspection when buying or selling a home? Find out why it's essential for both buyers and sellers to invest in a home inspection and how it can save you from costly repairs down...

    February 14, 2024

    Renters Insurance vs. Landlord Insurance: What's Covered?

    Property Management

    It's hard to sift through all the legalese out there when it concerns renters vs. landlord insurance. Let’s debunk some myths about insurance for both renters and landlords.

    February 12, 2024

    Easy DIY Kitchen and Bathroom Updates

    Home Maintenance

    Spruce up your kitchen and bathroom without breaking the bank! Check out these easy and affordable DIY updates that will transform your spaces.

    February 09, 2024

    Explore Virginia Beach Neighborhoods

    PCS Moves

    If you're about to PCS to one of the military installations in the Virginia Beach area, take a quick tour of area neighborhoods!

    February 02, 2024

    How to Add Style to Your Small Bathroom

    Home Decorating Ideas

    Learn how to add style to your small bathroom with these budget-friendly tips and ideas. From renovating to decorating, discover ways to maximize space and create a stylish bathroom that reflects your...

    January 29, 2024

    Add Decorative Fencing to Your Home for Instant Curb Appeal!

    Home Maintenance

    Whether it's for a home sale or your own enjoyment, decorative fencing can be an easy installation that provides instant curb appeal.

    January 24, 2024

    3 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Winter

    Home Buying

    Considering buying a home in winter? Learn why serious buyers should take advantage of a winter home sale market.

    January 19, 2024

    6 Ideas to Beat the Winter Blues on Whidbey Island, WA

    Travel Tips

    Stationed on Whidbey Island? Don’t worry about wasting a day on the couch because it's too cold or windy outside. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the area from the comfort of the indoors!

    January 17, 2024

    Should I Sell My Home or Rent It Out?

    Selling a Home

    A dilemma for military homeowners is whether or not to sell their home when faced with a PCS move. Don’t make your decision before you’ve learned what to expect in either case.

    January 15, 2024

    2024 Real Estate Trends: What Military Members Need to Know

    Selling a Home

    What can military families expect if they're looking to buy, sell, or rent a home in 2024? Learn how the latest real estate trends will affect you as consider the best decision for your military housi...

    January 12, 2024

    Use Color to Transform Your Bedroom Decor

    Home Decorating Ideas

    If your bedroom is always the last room you get to when unpacking and decorating your house, start with something easy--color!

    January 11, 2024

    Discover Your Home Decorating Style with These 5 Questions

    Home Decorating Ideas

    It can be a challenge for military families to settle on a specific style for home decor due to their often nomadic lifestyle. Start here to hone in on your personal style!