Many active duty Marines
stationed at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Ca,Â find themselves buying homes in the Temecula and Murrieta area.Â The big draw being good schools, affordable housing, andÂ a reasonableÂ commute distance.
When I say a reasonable commute, I mean that most areas on base are between 30 min and an hour away from the Temecula/Murrieta area.Â Keeping in mind the vast size of Camp Pendleton and the speed limit on base is only 45 mph.
As for housing, some opt to live simply by living on base housing.Â I hearÂ the current civilian management company does an ok job at running base housing and thats great for those who prefer to avoid the commute and the responsibilities that go with owning your own home.
However, many Marines
would prefer to make better use of their highly coveted BAH by getting their piece of the pie.Â Of course, we're not talking about pie here, we're talking about home ownership, the American Dream.Â
When seeking a home, most will look at priceÂ first.Â Just like buying a car, we don't go look at $75,000 cars when we only qualify for $20,000.Â So when looking for a home, we lean toward areas that are affordable to us.Â To an active duty member, that means BAH needs to cover the mortgage and maybe the utilities too.
For those who have children, schools are a big deal.Â Concerns include student to teacher ratios in class, standardized test scores, child safety, ease of getting to school etc.Â Most moms can provide a whole laundry list regarding schools.Â Most of these answers can be found online today.Â Â
Of course, this blog wouldn't beÂ complete if I didn't mention the "How to".Â Â ConsideringÂ active duty servicemembers are VA eligible, having a Realtor on your side that specializes in VA home salesÂ will make things go much smoother.Â If this RealtorÂ was a veteran and/or retired military, he or she would know just how you were feeling and knowÂ how to answer all of your questions,Â as they have been where you are now.Â Please consider www.semperfihomes.com www.semperfihomes.com email@example.com/semperfihomes