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How to Find a Reliable Real Estate Agent

February 19, 2024

The holidays are done and the Marketplace is closed.  For many of us military families, that often means one thing – it’s PCS season and you need a reliable real estate agent!

The excitement of thinking about a new place to call home can sometimes be overshadowed by the stress of relocating.  Finding a high quality real estate agent to help you with your upcoming home purchase can make the entire process that much easier.

Today, we’ll expose some myths out there and share with you the best approach to finding a trustworthy and knowledgeable military-affiliated agent. 


The Pitfalls of Relying on Friends and Spouses’ Recommendations: 


While personal referrals can be valuable, it’s important to recognize their limitations. Not everyone has the same criteria for a good real estate agent, and what worked well for one person may not necessarily be the best fit for another.

Blindly trusting a friend or spouse’s recommendation may lead to missed opportunities or less favorable outcomes in the transaction. It also has the potential to make things awkward in a friendship if the real estate deal doesn’t go well.  Additionally, spouse pages open up the possibility for paid “shoutouts” or the buddy systems where people are recommended based on friendship and not actual skill and expertise. 

Although getting a friend’s opinion is not a bad idea, always make sure you consider the source before committing.  Keep in mind, you’re about to make a huge investment, not just a haircut – ALWAYS get your recommendation from a well qualified source!


A Better Way To Go About It…Here are some more effective ways of finding a reliable, trustworthy, and skilled real estate agent:


The PCS Homegirls “Find a Realtor” Form:

Leverage our online resource specifically for military families. We offer a convenient “Find a Realtor” form on our website. By filling out this form, you can connect with military affiliated real estate agents who understand your unique needs and challenges.

This targeted approach increases the likelihood of finding an agent with the right expertise for your situation, rather than someone who can imagine how challenging military life can be!  And best of all, this is a free service.  Win win!


Seek Referrals from Local Agents:

When interviewing potential real estate agents, take it a step further by asking each agent to recommend two other agents in the area they would trust if they weren’t in the real estate business themselves.

While you may not necessarily interview these recommendations, the agent’s response is so valuable.  Suggesting colleagues speaks volumes about the agent’s professionalism and confidence in their peers.

This approach provides valuable insights into the agent’s network, showing a commitment to ensuring their clients receive top-notch service even if they aren’t the selected agent. It also allows you to gauge the agent’s judgment and standards by researching the recommended agents independently.

If the suggested agents align with your criteria, it will strengthen your confidence in the initial agent. This method helps you make an informed decision based on both the agent’s qualifications and their network.


Interview Different Agents:

Treat the process of finding a real estate agent like a job interview. Schedule consultations with multiple agents and ask them about their experience, their “why” for being involved in real estate, and approach to handling military relocations.

Casually talking with the agent also allows you to learn more about their personality and way they interact with others. This can help you understand their methods for operating, and you can choose the agent in which you are most aligned.


Utilize Online Reviews and Ratings:

Take advantage of online platforms that provide reviews and ratings for real estate agents. Facebook reviews, personal website review sections or local real estate websites can offer insights into the experiences of other military families with specific agents.

However, be aware and consider multiple sources vet your agent!


As orders start to be released and your mind starts to churn about your upcoming PCS journey, remember that finding the right real estate agent is a crucial step in ensuring a successful relocation.


While personal recommendations have their place, exploring other methods will help you to make a well-informed decision. By taking a well thought out approach, you’ll increase the likelihood of finding someone who understands your needs and who genuinely cares! 

This will maximize your potential for a smooth and successful experience.  Safe travels and best of luck this PCS season, and as always we are here when you need us!!



*Visit the Homegirls on their site for more tips and resources. You can also catch up on other posts by visiting their M:M Expert Author Page.



  • The PCS Homegirls

    Tracey Greene and Annie Pepoon are co-founders of The PCS Homegirls. The Army brought them together in 2016 when their families were stationed at Ft. Carson (and then again at Ft. Benning a few years later) and they’ve been friends ever since! They are both licensed and professional real estate agents at their current duty stations (Ft Stewart and Ft Liberty). After years of friendship, they decided to start an online community in order to help educate and support military families in the home buying and home selling process. As military spouses themselves with over 14 PCS moves between them as well as 9 home sales/purchases across 10 states, they understand the difficulties that can arise for military families when trying to navigate the home buying and selling process in the midst of life in general. The goal of The PCS Homegirls is to connect military families with vetted military affiliated agents wherever they may PCS. Additionally, they want to provide useful resources while at their current duty stations such as PCS tips and a supportive community. The PCS Homegirls detail base guides and information in their Living Like a Local Series, as well as other PCS and military related topics. Most recently, they’ve branched out to highlight military lifestyle topics on their blog. Join Annie and Tracey today in their online community or find a vetted and trustworthy real estate agent in your area by filling out their real estate agent questionnaire.


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