Whether your next military move is in 2018, or the next year, or the next, get ahead of the game and explore Homes.mil.

The joint-service site covers all branches and helps service members on the move home in on housing at or near military bases worldwide.

You can search for rentals — apartments, houses, condominiums, town houses or other types— in the area where you’ll be stationed. That includes information about privatized housing at these installations.

In a recent test search around the Fort Belvoir, Virginia, area, we found listings that are available now, and some that will become available in July and August.

The website also offers:

  • Hundreds of listings, with views that let users scroll quickly through pertinent information about monthly rent costs, when the listing is available, number of bedrooms and baths, address and photos, and whether or not the property has been inspected by the installation housing officials. When you click on the listing, you’ll find contact information, and more photos and floor plans.
  • A custom search option that allows users to weed out listings based on all types of criteria. Need a certain number of bathrooms, or a certain school district? Worried about pets, or whether smoking is allowed? Set your search parameters accordingly.
  • A create-an-account feature, so users can save their search settings and their favorite listings.
  • Free listing services, which are open to service members with rental properties of their own.

Property managers also can post their rental property listings for free once their account has been approved by the military housing office officials around the world who manage the site. Managers may have to contact some overseas installations’ housing offices directly in order to get their properties posted.

Karen has covered military families, quality of life and consumer issues for Military Times for more than 30 years, and is co-author of a chapter on media coverage of military families in the book "A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families." She previously worked for newspapers in Guam, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Fla., and Athens, Ga.

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