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PCSing to Alaska

Planning, pre-approval and adaptability are key

The RMG Real Estate Network makes the purchase of a new home and the move to Alaska easier for servicemembers and veterans. Photo credit: RMG

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The RMG Real Estate Network works to make  the mission of moving to Alaska a less daunting challenge.

"It's no small feat," wrote Jake Nelson, a buyer's specialist, in an email. "Leave room for adjustment. Whether you plan on flying, driving or taking a ferry, it is a long trip. We like to say ‘be committed to the mission, not the plan.'"

RMG is a veteran-owned company which supports all active duty members and veterans. It has been in business for a decade, and it works with military members to achieve their real estate goals.  

Founded in Anchorage, Alaska, RMG also has offices in the Mat-Su Valley, Alaska; Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; and Spokane, Washington.

"We strive to not only accomplish a task for our clients, but help to ensure that their experience with us is positive as we build wealth and wholeness with everyone we serve," continued Nelson.

To ensure a positive outcome to a move to the nation's largest state, he suggested that having a thorough and solid plan is the best way to achieve success.

The first thing Nelson strongly advised is to act quickly.  

"Get started early," he stated."Most issues we see with clients moving to Alaska could have been avoided if we had gotten ahead of the problem sooner. To avoid delays, get in contact with an agent as soon as you get orders to Alaska."

An RMG agent is able to answer questions about getting to Alaska, moving personal property, creating a timeline, listing your current home, and provide information about lenders, insurance needs and home inspectors.

Another important consideration is to contact a reputable lender for a pre-approved loan. 

"A lender will be able to go over current loan options, your new home budget, interest rates, any credit repair items you may need to execute, and expected out-of-pocket expenses," explained Nelson. "Going and looking at homes without pre-approval is like going hunting without a weapon; you could see the perfect one (home) and not be able to do anything to get it!"

In further support of military members making a migration to Alaska, RMG offers a VA Home Advantage program that connects servicemembers with local vendors that offer significant discounts to both current and former military members.

"These vendors include lenders, home warranties, home inspectors, insurance, plumbing, heating, handyman services, snow removal and anything else you will need for your new home," Nelson added. "These discounts can save you THOUSANDS when you purchase a new home with the RMG."

The real estate team at RMG Real Estate Network is committed to helping its clients successfully navigate the real estate market.

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