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Relocation and the Internet

By: Ann Summar

Date Posted: 1998-04-25

The Internet can be a valuable resource for military members and their families who are preparing to PCS, separate, or retire. After living overseas for even a short period, planning a move back to the U.S. can be a daunting task, even for those families and individuals ready to leave the island. Issues such as employment, housing, childcare, even buying a new car can add stress to what could be an exciting experience. I have scoured the World Wide Web to find helpful sites for those leaving Okinawa and wanting a somewhat smooth transition.

General relocation services are great places to begin gathering information before a move. Armed Forces.Com (www.armedforces.com) provides information on military bases, surrounding communities, housing and employment outlooks, valuable phone numbers, and other resources that can help make a less stressful move. Famnet Crossroads (www.famnet.com) is a similar service which offers information for members of all service branches and civilian employees. Relocation Central (www.relocationcentral) lists detailed information on cities, provides employment, housing, community, and more.

The majority of those departing will inevitably need housing. Planning to rent, buy, or loaf off an unsuspecting relative? There are a number of web pages which can help aid in that search. Rent.net (www.rent.net) is the web's largest apartment database. Searches provide information on an apartment's location, price, pet restrictions, amenities, and other necessary information. Most listings yield pictures of the apartment, floor plans, rent and deposit amounts, and directions. Some results also furnish virtual 360 views of a model apartment. Other searchable databases include Apartments.com (www.apartments.com), Apartments for Rent (www.aptsforrent.com), and All Apartments (www.allapartments.com), where one can find a renter's resource section that includes information on insurance, area career resources, furniture rentals, and schools.

For those in the market to buy a home, Realtor.com www.realtor.com) is a page where one can find a home or realtor, visit a buyers' resource center, catch up on the latest real estate news and trends, or find mortgage information. Cyberhomes (www.cyberhomes.com) provides photos, maps, and school information, all with a simple search. Homes.com (www.homes.com) is a newer site that offers property, rental and agent searches, and a home buyer's guide to peruse.

Finding a place to live is not the only step when returning to the States. Many will need to furnish their new home, whether it's for a short period before a shipment arrives, or a more permanent time-frame. Cort Furniture Rental (www.cort1.com) is one of the nation's largest rental companies; here one can find most items needed to live comfortably. They also will provide a relocation brochure to those interested. Thorn Leasing (www.thornleasing.com) is another well-known name in the business, offering furniture, appliance, and electronic rentals. Check with the International Furniture Rental Association (http://ifra.org) to find a rental company in a certain area.

Is childcare a concern? A number of sites can help alleviate those worries. 1st Childcare Database (www.championsweb.com) boasts a childcare search that includes all states, detailed information about the services offered through each provider, area information and, for fun, a parents' humor page. Careguide (www.careguide.com) claims to have information on caregivers in 3,400 cities and provides visitors with referrals. An FAQ and a message board where parents can seek the advice of others are also available.

Worried about which school a child will be attending? The School Report.com (www.nsrs.com) provides basic information on a school, including the student population, teacher to student ration and average class sizes. In-depth reports can be requested, as well. The American School Directory (www.asd.com) offers much of the same information with an easy city, state, or zip code search. Parents can even add themselves to the alumni page and find former classmates. For those parents expecting to home school their children, Jon's Homeschool Resource Page (www.midnightbeach.com/hs/) provides online discussion and support pages, mailing lists, and resources for parents.

Many of those relocating will also be searching for jobs. With today's technologies, the Internet provides job hunters with increasingly simple ways to find employment. The Monster Board (www.monster.com), one the largest of its kind, provides listings, a resume builder, and even a personal job search agent that notifies the member of new jobs matching his or her profile. HeadHunter.Net (www.headhunter.net), an online recruiting site, allows users to search jobs by locale, category, and salary and education requirements. Their postings are updated regularly and users are encouraged to post resumes for employers to browse. CareerMosaic (www.careermosaic.com) offers searchable job listings, posted both online and in newsgroups, a resume bank, online job fairs, overseas jobs, and the ability to connect with potential employers. Hire Quality (www.hire-quality.com), a site run by a former Marine Corps General, provides job listings and referrals to all ranks and their spouses. They claim to have jobs for all specialties, however a lengthy application must completed before jobs are available for viewing. E-span (www.espan.com) is another job search site which provides employer listings, resume postings, a Job Update search, and articles pertaining to career issues. Most states, counties, and some cities post their government job openings online as well.

A major purchase for many people returning to the States is buying their next vehicle. Unfortunately, cheap cars and reliable transportation are not as easy to find there as they may be on Okinawa. However, people can find used and new cars online these days. CarSmart (www.carsmart.com) offers information regarding financing, auto insurance and vehicle options, as well as providing quotes and a handy payment calculator. IntelliChoice (www.intellichoice.com) provides information on leasing, gives current prices on models ranging from Acura to Volvo, discusses the costs involving ownership of different models, and details the best values in today's cars, both new and used. Get Auto (www.getauto.com) has a huge selection of pre-owned vehicles as well as a large searchable database, information on dealers and boasts one of the largest collections of pre-owned vehicles on the Internet.

Classified sites such as Classifieds2000 (www.classifieds2000.com) and Yahoo! Classifieds (www.yahoo.classifieds.com) can further assist with the transition process. Homes, apartments, vehicles, furniture, employment, childcare, even pets can be found here.

Still want more? See if a local newspaper in the area has a web site and search through the information supplied. Various newsgroups and discussion boards at sites such as Parents Place (www.parentsplace.com) encourage questions pertaining to regional, military, and relocation issues. Most states and some cities also have their own sites where useful facts and figures are provided. Unless otherwise stated, all sites and services are free and offered nationwide.

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