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By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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  January 25, 2014 by Jo Soss  I am sure by now you have seen the charts with the NEW 2014 BAH Rates for the Naval Base Kitsap area.  Fairly depressing to say the least.  No increase for almost anyone!  Those of us here receiving BAH are lucky to be “grandfathered” into our current BAH allowance....
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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Buying During a Deployment: Power of Attorney and What you need to Know Naval Base Kitsap Buyers | Power of Attorney and your Real Estate Purchase First I want to disclose that I am NOT an Attorney and I am NOT authorized to practice law in the State of Washington.  I do however, want to give you...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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A couple of years ago I wrote several articles about Naval Base Kitsap Relocation.  They were very detailed so I turned them into a website of their own.  If you click on this photo below you will be taken to the stand alone blog  NAVAL BASE KITSAP RELOCATION If you are relocating to the Naval Ba...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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Being a military family I am very aware of several businesses around military bases that offer a military discount.  I know that I can go into Lowe's or Home Depot any day and ask for a military discount and receive a 10% off my total bill.  Some places advertise the discount and some places off...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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    What are you doing with your BAH? Are you giving it to the PPV/Military Housing? Are you giving it to a landlord to pay THEIR mortgage? No matter what you are hearing in the media you have to remember that the market is different for everyone.  Here in the West Sound there are some amazing op...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
(HOMEFRONT Realty)
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  Just a little reminder - Don't forget to give to Toys for Tots.  Toys for Tots is a Marine Corps Reserve community service project.  You will see Marines in their dress blues at malls, shops and local businesses soliciting donations. If you see one of their barrels please make sure you drop som...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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Interest rates have been so low for so long that home ownership for military members using their BAH has actually been a reality.     Never before has the military population owned a higher percentage of homes. The days of base living has changed drastically. With most installations switching ove...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
(HOMEFRONT Realty)
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LEAVING ON A JET PLANE...... That's the song that I sing when my husband heads out on a deployment. Yep, he is in the Navy but I have never had the pleasure of being involved with a Navy command. We have spent all of our years together hanging out with the Marine Corps. Deployment can be a very d...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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  I am sure you have heard all the doom and gloom from a million different news reports concerning the lending industry mess, how several loan programs once available are no longer, how zero down loan programs are almost non-existent and how hard it is right now if you have little to zero money ...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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The other day one of my new buyers hooked up with a new lender in the area. This lender asked my buyer how they found me. You see my buyer is from the East Coast. My buyer told the lender that he looked online - on the internet and saw that I was everywhere. He told me this story and then he told...
By Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Keller Williams West Sound Realty)
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Just recently, I attended a ceremony at the Naval Undersea Museum here in Keyport WA when they opened a new exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the launching of the ballistic missile submarine USS George Washington (SSBN598). The 'Georgefish' was commissioned on December 30, 1959 and s...
By Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Keller Williams West Sound Realty)
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This past Friday, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the opening of a new exhibit at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport WA. The purpose for this new exhibit was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launching of the USS George Washington (SSBN598), the first nuclear ballistic missile...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
(HOMEFRONT Realty)
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The Kitsap County home for sale inventory is down 25.4% from the same time in 2008.  That is the largest drop in inventory in the Puget Sound area.  So, with inventory down is it still a buyer's market?  What is a buyer's market? A very simple way to explain the definition of a buyer’s market is ...
By Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Keller Williams West Sound Realty)
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I experienced a ‘First‘ in my real estate career the other day. In my 10+ years as a professional agent, an appraisal for one of my listings here in Kitsap County WA came in ‘under‘ value. In other words, an appraiser was sent out to determine if the home they were buying was worth what they had ...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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Of course once I wrote my post about when the BAH rates would be out I knew that Military.com would have it posted the day before.  Here is my first post and then the link to Military.com with the PDF for all the states. UPDATED: Click this link and it will take you to the Military.com site for B...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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Well, it’s almost that time of year! How many times over the last few weeks have you seen the question posted on military boards across the net? If you look in the right places you will always find the right answer.  I don’t hold much stock in military boards when it comes to important informati...
By Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Keller Williams West Sound Realty)
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Being a licensed real estate professional here on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula in scenic Washington State, I have the honor and privilege of serving a sizeable military community, consisting primarily of active-duty US Navy service members and their families stationed at Naval Base Kitsap. As s...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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I am sure lots of area home-buyers have thought this was approved a couple of weeks ago, however the President just signed the Bill this afternoon.  The original 1st time home-buyer credit was extended and there was a new provision inserted to allow for higher income and for home-buyers who would...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
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Rhonda Porter over on Facebook published the link to the CBS MoneyWatch.com site so I thought I would share the news.  Of course we still need President Obama to sign the extension so contracts pending in escrow still need to be processed with the November 30th deadline until he signs it this we...
By JO SOSS, Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty
(HOMEFRONT Realty)
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I am sure you have heard all the doom and gloom from a million different news reports concerning the lending industry mess, how several loan programs once available are no longer, how zero down loan programs are almost non-existent and how hard it is right now if you have little to zero money ava...

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