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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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    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.

    March 20, 2024

    Assessed vs. Appraised Home Value: What's the Difference?

    Selling a Home

    Assessed and appraised values affect your home's value, but in different ways. Read more about what military home sellers need to know to plan their sale.

    March 18, 2024

    What to Know for Your PCS Move to Hampton Roads, Virginia

    PCS Moves

    Master your PCS move to Hampton Roads, Virginia with valuable insights on popular cities, housing options, military bases, and family-friendly activities in the area.

    March 15, 2024

    Should I Have Renters Insurance in Military Housing?

    Renting a Home

    Do you need renters insurance if you're living in military housing? Stay protected and informed with our detailed guide.

    March 08, 2024

    What to Know for a Military Move to Alexandria, Virginia

    PCS Moves

    If a military move to the Alexandria area near Washington, DC, is in your future, here's the information you need before you PCS!

    March 06, 2024

    5 Top Rated Military RV Parks Across the U.S.

    Travel Tips

    Travel is one of the best perks of military service. Take advantage of some of the most popular military RV parks in California, Texas, Florida, Colorado, and Virginia.

    March 04, 2024

    What Is a Short Sale? A Guide for Military Home Sellers

    Selling a Home

    Have you considered a short sale of your home to mitigate the stress of home selling during a PCS? Here's what you need to know before starting the process.

    February 26, 2024

    Self-Management vs. Hiring a Property Manager for Your Rental

    PCS Moves

    Considering hiring a property manager for your rental property? Learn about the pros, cons, and fees involved in self-management vs. professional management in the military housing market.

    February 23, 2024

    4 Ways Military Renters Can Transform Their Home's Unused Space

    Home Decorating Ideas

    If your rental home has an unused room, don't waste the opportunity to transform it into a space your whole family will love. Turn that formal dining or living area into a room you'll actually use!