BuyersCommunity November 8, 2023

Our Military Connections & Resources for Clients Who Serve

We proudly support our armed forces and their families, and we’re grateful for the sacrifices they make. Many of our real estate agents have worked with military families for years and are well-versed in helping families about to PCS (for our non-military readers, that means Permanent Change of Station). As proud locals, we love introducing newcomers to Kitsap County. A number of Windermere Realtors are either veterans or have family members who are. Whether you’re preparing to move to Kitsap or thinking of selling your home, we’re here to serve you.

Our Ties to the Military

Windermere Realtors like Forrest Arnold are veterans themselves. “As a 19-year-old sailor during the Vietnam event, I was crew during 103 combat missions…all in the midst of Agent Orange…So I’m grateful to have survived that time and to live in Kitsap where veterans are honored with honest appreciation.”

Military family members offer unique perspectives as well. “I was born in an Air Force hospital with my father at war in Vietnam,” says Windermere Realtor Audrey Newell. “I’m the wife of a career Navy officer (ret.). I have seen what service means, and I am thankful to all who serve, and the families and communities that support them.” Audrey also shared this powerful quote by Winston Churchill: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” 

A Navy spouse and Windermere Realtor, Ida Bear shared a recent, meaningful experience. “Jim and I had the opportunity to visit Normandy, France. We spent a great deal of time there getting our heads and hearts around the selfless commitments made by thousands of soldiers. In the Normandy American Cemetery, we have almost 9,400 Americans laid to rest, most of them killed on one day of conflict.  This quote hangs at Normandy and rings true and stuck with me:

“You can manufacture weapons, and you can purchase ammunition, but you can’t buy valor, and you can’t pull heroes off an assembly line.” – Sergeant John R. Ellery, U.S. 1st Infantry Division, landed in Normandy on D-Day

Kitsap County Resources

Kitsap County is a beautiful place to live. If you’re new to the area or looking for resources to assist those who are, we hope these will help you. We’re also proud locals, and many of our agents grew up here. So, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Real Estate Resources for Military Clients

If you’re preparing to move, Military OneSource has planning tools and relocation articles. Additionally, that’s where you’ll find the official Department of Defense guide for military installations worldwide. If you’re thinking of buying a home, you can easily learn about different types of VA loans, such as a Purchase Loan and an Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL). Branch Manager/Mortgage Consultant, Cherie Kesti, is our partner lender, and she can determine your buying power according to current BAH rates. We also have a helpful Home Loans Q & A article with her.

If you’re thinking of selling, here are some mistakes to avoid. and information about renting vs. selling your home. Our agents can also provide additional information about Kitsap County’s real estate market, Western Washington’s market, and more.