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What is PCSgrades?
So... you're PCS'ing to yet another unfamiliar part of the country and the clock is ticking as you struggle with all the typical relocation concerns. What single, trusted source do you turn to for reliable, top quality information on neighborhoods, apartments, Moving Companies, REALTORS®, service providers & more?
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Members receive cash back for every apartment or REALTOR® selected through our website. (In states where allowed by law.)
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We are founded by military, run by military, and available for free to current and former military members and spouses.
Our service is provided at zero cost to confirmed military families. Of course, we can always use your quality reviews.
We aren't beholden to advertisers and you won't be bombarded by annoying pop-up ads (we hate them too).
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Professionals and communities are featured only when first reviewed by military families. They cannot pay for inclusion in our service.
We are dedicated to providing the service we wish we had during all our previous PCS's. We are the military family taking care of our own.
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Get Cash Back
All real estate agents selected through PCSgrades provide 20% cash back rebates to their clients from their commission on the sale of a home. In states where allowed by law.
- The amount of the PCSgrades rebate is typically equal to or higher than other cash back programs.
- To receive your rebate, you must inform your REALTOR they were found through PCSgrades. The best way is by clicking the "Refer Me" button on your REALTOR's PCSgrades profile page.
- This rebate will be made known to all participating parties to the transaction (including the mortgage lender) and will be documented on your closing documents.
- Some types of mortgage loans require the rebate to be credited towards closing costs. Some restrict the rebate amount a client may receive
Average Rebate for purchase price
This calculation is an estimate of the rebate you will receive, based on REALTOR commission, which is negotiated between the seller and listing agent. The actual rebate amount may vary, and is only offered in states where allowed by law.
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Todd "MB" Ernst is a versatile and accomplished military and civilian professional with more than twenty years of Air Force active duty and reserve experience. He is a pilot with over 4,200 hours flying the T-38, B-1, and U-2, including combat missions in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Todd’s civilian experience is in commercial and residential real estate as a landlord, REALTOR®, and entrepreneurial business owner. He was co-founder of a real estate firm with assets in excess of $5.6M, involving investment properties, property management, development, and construction. Todd has used this background to help dozens of families purchase, sell, and lease homes over the past several years.
Todd also leads the fight on survivor benefits for reserve component members who die during “inactive duty training” as reflected in the 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, a Reserve Forces Policy Board report to the SECDEF, support of the 33 member Military Coalition, and H.R. 1770 introduced in the U.S. House. You can learn more at www.95letters.com.
Todd currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Stacey, and their two boys. Their family has relocated 8 times due to a PCS.
Tony "Bravo" Straw is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has studied business through the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He's accrued more than 3,000 hours as an Air Force Pilot in T-37, T-38, B-1B, and MC-12W aircraft, with over 1,000 hours in combat and another 1,000 as an Instructor Pilot.
Tony has lead numerous initiatives and projects including development of safety and attack response procedures for an entire multi-national command in Iraq, development and instruction of tactics for a new MC-12 airframe in Afghanistan, and award winning green energy and innovation projects at Joint Base San Antonio providing over $1 million of cost savings.
Tony currently holds a license to practice real estate in the state of Texas, with over 5 years of experience in property management and investment. Tony has appeared in numerous media-relations spots, news interviews, air shows, and magazine articles as a spokesperson for the Air Force and is currently a part time Instructor Pilot in the Air Force Reserves.
Tony is a resident of San Antonio, Texas, and has relocated 5 times due to PCS.
Erin Whitehead has been a proud member of the military spouse community for 16 years. Dedicated to advocating for the entire military family, her expertise and passion for the community is a valuable asset to the PCS Grades team.
In 2010 she was voted Marine Corps Spouse of the Year by her peers in recognition of her volunteer work with various childhood cancer charities and mentorship through the Marne Corps L.I.N.K.S program. Later that year she joined the Military Spouse Magazine digital team, eventually working as their Digital Editor where she was instrumental in the creation of a thriving online community for spouses. Well-known for her honest, insightful and knowledgeable writing on topics that affect military families, her are an excellent resource and support for military spouses all over the world.
In 2012 she became an original member of The American Military Spouses Choir and has been privileged to perform with the group at The Kennedy Center, on America's Got Talent, The Queen Latifah Show, the Homeward Bound Telethon, the Lincoln Awards, and numerous corporate and non-profit events.
In 2014 she founded Investing in Myself, LLC; an online company dedicated to helping individuals create, manage and promote online brands. Her first launch, www.manykindregards.com, is a writing community that captivates readers and inspires writers.
Erin currently lives in Pace, Florida with her husband and their two girls. Their family has relocated 6 times due to a PCS.
Jenah Wieczorek has over 10 years of experience working with non-profit organizations in different capacities. An Army spouse of four years, Jenah played a central role in the successful operation of multiple Family Readiness Groups while stationed with her husband at Fort Hood, TX, particularly in the area of social media outreach.
Jenah is a two-time recipient of the First Cavalry Division Commander's Award for Volunteer Excellence, the Department of the Army Award for Patriotic Civilian Service, and is a member of the U.S. Cavalry and Armor Association's Order of St. Joan D'Arc.
Jenah is committed to the service of others, volunteering over 100 hours with the USO, is active in her local spouses’ clubs and church. She currently resides in Fort Leavenworth, KS with her husband, 2 sons, and dog. Her family has relocated 3 times due to a PCS.
Kathleen Whittle is a dynamic and inspiring Army spouse with a tireless commitment to excellence. She has been leading at the most challenging levels for more than 15 years. Her volunteer leadership on military installations and in civilian communities has directly affected the well-being of thousands of soldiers and their families.
Working for non-profits and educational organizations, Kathleen has helped raise more than $150,000 in scholarships for military children and spouses. While living in Germany from 2003 until 2008 she served on the Executive Board for Americans Working Around the Globe (AWAG) where she organized local and Europe-wide conferences for soldiers, military spouses and Department of Defense civilians.
From 2008 to 2010, Kathleen served as the Apple Day Chairperson in Fort Riley, KS, the largest annual fund raiser for the community. Her efforts brought local businesses and sponsors onboard, significantly growing sales and attendance and increasing local community involvement.
Kathleen earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts at the University of Abilene and Masters of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Washington DC with her husband, COL Bob Whittle, and their two children. Their family has relocated 9 times due to a PCS.
Is PCSgrades affiliated with the DoD?
PCSgrades is a private company founded by veterans and run primarily by veterans and spouses (About Us). We are not affiliated with the DoD in any way, but are working with our community to provide a voice for the military families.
How does the rebate program work?
All of the REALTORS with profiles on PCSgrades have agreed to be reviewed AND provide industry-leading rebates to military families coming to them through PCSgrades. In order to receive a rebate, you MUST go to the vendors profile on PCSgrades.com BEFORE reaching out to them via other means, and click on the big red “Refer Me to..” button on their profile. This allows you to communicate directly with the REALTOR and for us to be able to claim the referral fee used to fund your rebate.
I put in a review, but am not seeing that vendor’s profile on the site. Why?
For any vendor’s profile to be displayed on our site, the individual or company reviewed must agree to be rated and reviewed on our site. If they do not agree, we will not show their reviews or grades, regardless of how good or bad the grades are. Vendors may decline for a number of reasons, to include having negative grades, are no longer in business, or are not interested in providing rebates for military families. You may see a profile for this vendor with the words “Declined to Participate in PCSgrades” message.
Why do you ask for rank in the verification process?
We ask for rank of the service member as part of our proprietary verification process, in order to assure military affiliation. For all spouses, we will not display the service member’s rank with any of your reviews, but rather the branch of service and number of times you’ve PCS'd or relocated.
I noticed there were no profiles or reviews in the area I selected. How does the concierge service work?
We’re still growing and working on growing out database. We’d sure like your reviews, so that we can share information with our fellow military families. If you need help in a specific location where there are no reviews or profiles, we’re happy to reach out to our network of military families and professionals to find you the information or professional to help you out, FREE OF CHARGE! Just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll start working on it ASAP!
Do you share my information with any third parties?
NO! PCSgrades does not share your information with any third party, nor do we collect any personally identifiable information (PII). All information collected from you is used to verify military affiliation, and for internal data collection purposes on only. Any information used in the reviews can be used by PCSgrades, but you will remain anonymous.
Are there states that do NOT allow rebates for the purchase or sale of my home?
Yes, unfortunately. Alaska, Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Tennessee do not allow rebates of any kind to consumers. Iowa prohibits rebates when more than one broker assists a client to buy or sell a property, and New Jersey prohibits rebates to sellers (but not buyers).
We're eager to provide our fellow military members and spouses with tools to encourage and reward professional behavior by the moving companies we’re all required to work with.
Log in to download and printout the "Mover's Notice" informing the moving company up-front of your intention to review your experience on PCSgrades. You will also receive suggestions on how best to use the notice.