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Top 5 Advantages of Off-Base Housing in San Diego

Living off base has some wonderful advantages! True, you'll be farther away from the military community on-base, but some of things you can gain include building equity, avoiding training noise, and being able to choose your child's school district.

Here are the top 5 advantages of off-base housing in San Diego and why your family might benefit!

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1) Building Equity

By owning your own property, you'll start building equity. Even if your next PCS takes you out of San Diego, you can choose to rent out your property while you're away. Our Relobase agents would be happy to speak with you about your options for purchasing in San Diego!

2) Rent Costs

There isn't any question that most on-base living has major restrictions. Some of them don't allow pets and rent is usually set at exactly the military BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) rate. If you decide to rent off-base rather than purchase a property, San Diego has an abundance of rentals to fit all budgets. You may find a rental at a better rate than you would get on a military base. Some military families have even found special rental deals for military members!

3) Luxury of Choice

While most on-base communities provide plenty of activities for families, you have to live with what's available. Living off-base gives you the luxury of choice. Whether you want to be walking distance to shopping and dining or closer to the beach, San Diego's varied communities offer just what you're looking for!

4) Peace and Quiet

It's true. Living on-base means you'll hear the "Sound of Freedom" on a regular basis. The boom of artillery and the chatter of gunfire may be a very typical part of your day. If you prefer peace and quiet, you might want to consider off-base housing. This is also an important consideration if you have pets. Loud noises can cause them anxiety.

5) Choice of School Districts

Determining the best school district for the kids is nearly always a consideration when PCSing. By living off-base you can choose the school district you want to be in rather than going with the one the base is located in.

Not sure where to start? Our Relobase agents would be happy to speak with you about your specific situation!

(Article originally appeared on Relobase.com)

Stationed in San Diego? Let's Talk Housing!

You know that "dream sheet" you filled out? Well, you just hit the U.S. military's version of the lottery. You've been assigned to San Diego!

Let's get your boots on the ground and talk about things to consider for San Diego housing!

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San Diego and San Diego County: San Diego is the second largest city in California, second only to Los Angeles and is home to 28 zip codes. It stretches from the U.S. southern border to Escondido, its most northeastern point.

San Diego Bases: Click the links below for more information about each of the military installations in San Diego.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO

NAVAL BASE CORONADO

NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA

NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO

US COAST GUARD STATION SAN DIEGO

Off-Base Housing: Off-base housing in San Diego isn't cheap. The average two-bedroom apartment is San Diego rents for $1,823, depending on the location. Buying vs. renting in San Diego could save you about 15% over time.

On-Base Housing: If you need base housing as an option, apply through Housing Early Application Tool (HEAT) now, if you haven't already done so! It's not the waiting list for housing, but it gets you on the contracts you need to get on that waiting list the moment you're eligible. Dependents or active duty members can fill it out and you can get it going even before you have your orders in hand.

Weighing Whether to Buy or Rent?

If you're an active-duty military service member, you have even more to consider than the average American when considering whether to buy or rent. Here are just a few of the things you need to think about:

-The base you're stationed at

-The specific needs of your family, including school districts for the kids

-The housing wait-list, if on-base housing is your preference

-Your budget

-Credit score and ability to qualify for a loan, including the military's special programs, VA and Cal-Vet loans!

Need help sorting out whether it makes sense to buy or rent a home in San Diego? Talk to one of our qualified Relobase agents in San Diego!

Once you get your housing settled, and you can finally take a deep breath, it's time to start enjoying all San Diego has to offer!

(Article originally appeared on Relobase.com)

6 Things to Consider Before Your PCS With Pets

Many military families have four legged members. Preparation for both national and international travel will make the process as simple as possible. After all, an organized PCS in a smooth(er) PCS. Here are 6 things to consider before you PCS with your pets!

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Crate Train: Before moving with a pet, "crate training" is imperative. Cramped quarters are inevitable on a flight or in a car. Familiarity with small spaces and spending some time in them will prevent him or her from defecating and/or urinating in the tight quarters. (Which would make for an unpleasant trip).

Microchip: Have your pet microchipped. This will make them much easier to find should they get lost. Tags and collars can fall or be torn off, but a microchip inserted under the skin is a safe and easy way to ensure your pet can always be identified.

Health Certification: Any travel across international borders requires a health certificate. Some states may also require the health certificate. Following a full physical exam and evaluation, your veterinarian can provide a certificate ensuring that your pet has up-to-date vaccinations, is free of any diseases, and is medically ready for travel. Not only is the document absolutely essential for travel, it must be dated no more than 30 days prior to the expected travel dates. If the 30 day window is passes, the entire process must be repeated.

Service Animal Verification: Service animals require not only all the health certificates and veterinarian exams, but current service papers. In some countries both family pets and service animals may be required to remain in quarantine for a certain amount of time.

Safety Check:  If you're flying, bear in mind that not all airlines put pet safety at the top of their list. Thoroughly research the airline requirements, and safety protocols before your pet is loaded on the plane. If European travel is on the agenda for your pet, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends traveling with Continental, KLM, British Airways, and/or Lufthansa Airlines (note: most of these are part of the StarOne Alliance), who all have optimal guidelines in place for the four-legged traveler.

European Laws: If you'll be abroad in Europe for an extended period of time, you may be subject to the Commission Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the council. What that means is simple: every European country (with the exception of the UK, Sweden, and Norway) requires your pet to have a microchip and a series of up-to-date vaccines if they are to stay with you for an extended period of time. For dogs, the required vaccines are: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Leptospirosis (DHLPP), and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks before arrival. For cats, the required vaccines are: Feline Viral Rhinotrachetis, Calicvirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP), and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks before arrival. Finally, but certainly not less importantly, your dog and cat must have a completed EU certificate of veterinary health in order to remain in Europe for an extended period of time. Forms may be downloaded at PetRelocation.com -- and brought to your veterinarian for completion. If you'll be in a non-English speaking country, a list of local, English speaking veterinarians will be a must in case your pet becomes ill.

Ready to get started looking for housing in San Diego? Our Relobase Realtors are happy to assist you!

(Article originally appeared on Relobase.com)

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