Why Choose Us?
The professionals at The Real Estate Professionals (TREP) and their sister company, Pacific Rim Management, Inc., (Guam’s only woman owned disabled veteran management and relocation company) are long time local residents with strong ties to major hotels, car rental agencies, communication companies, and other major vendors necessary to ensure that your relocation to Guam is smooth and hassle free.
Once settled, if you want to live off-base, our professionals are licensed realtors who understand Guam’s real estate market as well as the needs, desires, and concerns of military personnel. We know you’re busy people, so we won’t waste your time showing properties that do not meet your standards or family situation. In fact, we often have access to desirable properties not listed on the Guam Multiple Listing Service.
OHA (Overseas Housing Allowance) for Guam
So, if you’re PCSing to Guam, we can help. We have the Military Relocation professional designation and we understand the PCS process. We’re the exclusive broker for key properties on Guam, with access to properties that other realtors don’t have. We can help you find the best options with properties located near Big Navy, Andersen Air Force Base, or Naval Hospital.
So, let’s start by determining your OHA (Overseas Housing Allowance) for Guam and then let’s look at some of the best available properties on the island. Look at the table below or click here to check your latest OHA at DoD’s Travel Management Office website.
|OHA for Guam (as of August 2019)|
|Pay Grade||OHA Rental Allowance range|
|E1 to E4||$2,205 to $2,450 with dependents|
|E5 to E8||$2,205 to $2,450 with dependents|
|E9||$2,340 to $2,600 with dependents|
|O-1 to O-3||$2,205 to $2,450 with dependents|
|O-4||$2,340 to $2,600 with dependents|
|O-5||$2,520 to $2,800 with dependents|
|O-6||$2,610 to $2,900 with dependents|
Uprooting and moving your family can be an overwhelming and expensive process. Our professionals are qualified, experienced, and ready to assist you in the relocation process. When it comes to relocating to Guam, the only call you need to make is to The Real Estate Professionals! We offer a comprehensive package for each relocation client, eliminating the time and hassle it takes to deal with multiple professionals for specific requirements.
- Airport Pickup
- Customized Relocation Information Package
- TLA: Hotels, Cars, Cell Phones
- Island and Property Tours
- Home Location Services (Rentals and Sales)
- Property Management
It’s a long flight to Guam and flights often arrive late at night or early in the morning. Whatever the arrival time, you can be sure that one of our representatives will be at the airport to greet you “island style”, and make sure you get to your hotel or respective military base as quickly as possible. Our representative will have a welcome package for you outlining all of the information you will need during your initial stay on Guam.
Customized Relocation Information Package
Our relocation information package includes information concerning the island and its amenities, the people and their culture, and helpful hints in getting acclimated to your new home. If the client has a special interest or concern, our package will include information or resources to address those special interests or concerns.
Temporary Living Assistance (TLA)
Our professionals have strong working relationships with all major hotels and short-term rental properties, ensuring that you and your family are provided with the best-suited temporary living accommodations upon your arrival on island. We will work closely with you and your family to locate the hotel that best suits your needs and budget. Whether you need a “pet friendly” hotel or one that has a kitchenette so you can prepare meals in your room, we will tailor accommodations to your specific needs. In some cases, you may arrive on island without access to transportation or communication service. Our professionals work closely with car rental agencies, car dealers, cellular phone providers….even motorcycle dealers, who can provide the necessary product or service at reasonable prices.
Island and Property Tours
Moving to a new home can sometimes be a daunting experience. As a newcomer, many clients are unfamiliar with the island, the types of properties available, and the overall logistics involved with day-to-day island living. Our professionals will provide each client with a comprehensive tour of the island, highlighting key landmarks, attractions, retail centers, business districts, and residential properties and communities. During the tour, don’t be surprised if you are treated to your first taste of Chamorro food, a part of island culture that is sure to be a hit!
Home Location Services (Sales and Rentals)
Our professionals are all licensed realtors, with years of experience in assisting clients with the sale, purchase, or rental of property throughout the island. They have strong relationships with other professionals in the industry, and will make the house hunting process a satisfying experience.
Our sister company, Pacific Rim Management, Inc. is a full service property management company, providing management and maintenance service for both residential and commercial properties. The management team has over 40 years of experience and is one of only two property managers with the designation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I bring my car to Guam?
If you decide to ship your car or motorcycle to Guam, you need to be familiar with Guam’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requirements for owning, registering, and driving a vehicle on Guam.
Upon the arrival of your vehicle on Guam, you will need to obtain a temporary registration (good for 5 days) in order to operate your vehicle. Prior to your temporary registration expiring, you will need to register the vehicle with the Guam DMV. This will require getting a safety inspection and taking it, along with your original vehicle ownership/registration and evidence of current insurance, to the DMV. All vehicles on Guam require annual registration renewals, which include an annual safety check to determine that the car is in good running condition.
Guam has a large used car market, which is popular with many military members looking for inexpensive transportation or families looking for a second car.
Can I bring my pet to Guam?
For many of us, pets are an important part of the family. Bringing them to Guam during your tour of duty requires a thorough understanding of Guam laws and regulations. Proper planning, coordination, and cooperation with local agencies will make the move less stressful for both you and your pet
Guam has strict pet quarantine rules and regulations in place to ensure that the Island remains rabies free. All dogs and cats coming into Guam from areas other than Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand, which are also rabies-free states or countries, will need to be quarantined for 30 days in an approved quarantine facility. Requirements for pet owners may be obtained from either of the two approved quarantine facilities on Guam
GAIN: Many military personnel come to Guam and find life long family pets through GAIN (Guam Animals in Need), located in Yigo.
What educational facilities are available on Guam?
Children who are military dependents may attend public schools under the Guam Public School System (DOE), private schools, or Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS). The DDESS schools and DOE public schools are free to military personnel, while attending one of the numerous private schools may require tuition payments. There is an elementary and middle school on Andersen Air Force Base, and an elementary, middle and high school on/or near the US Naval Station.
There is a DOD bus service available to military dependents living Off Base, but you need to determine whether or not you are living in the correct commuting zone for each respective DDESS school.
What type of banking facilities are on Guam?
If you are staying on Guam for two or three years, it makes sense to open a checking account with a local financial institution. Doing so will make it easier for you to transact business on Guam, whether it’s buying groceries at a local grocery store or paying your rent when living off base.
In the event you consider purchasing a home on Guam during your tour of duty, you will need to visit one of our local financial institutions to obtain a mortgage loan. The military financial institutions on Guam do not provide mortgage loans. All local banks on Guam offer VA loans, making it easier for military to qualify for and purchase a home or condominium.
Guam’s USO is one of the best USO’s out there! It is located in the Royal Orchid Hotel along San Vitores Road in the heart of Tumon. Military members and their families are always welcome there to enjoy free internet, television, WiFi, snacks, and electronic gaming. For more information, please contact Ms. Leigh Graham (671-483-4876)….she’s a great person and ready to help you in any way possible.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 0800 – 2200; Friday –Saturday: 0800 – 2400 Phone: 671-647-4876
Living Off Base
We hope that your tour of duty on Guam will be an enjoyable experience and that you take the opportunity to get to know the island and its people. Once you get settled in, you may want to consider living off base. Over the years, we’ve heard from many military members that living off base and getting to know the local community made their time on Guam more enjoyable.
We understand the procedures involved in finding off-base housing and work closely with the military housing office, property owners, and other professionals necessary to make your search successful and hassle free. In many cases, we have access to great properties not listed in the Guam Multiple Listing Service.
Can anyone live off base?
No. You need to address this question to your Housing Counselor, who will address the issues that affect your ability to live off base. Normal issues that affect your ability to live off base include rank, dependency status, training status, and availability of suitable on-base housing.
How do I get started searching for the proper place to live?
To get started, contact a counselor at the Guam Military Housing Office (671)333-2082/2 (Navy Housing Office) and (671)366-2127 (Air Force Housing Office). The counselor is there to help each member review their options for both on-base and off-base housing. Many of the issues discussed with the counselor will include the member’s dependency status, personal living preferences, financial situation, and availability of different on-base and off-base housing options.
Normally, rent, maintenance, and utilities are free for those living on base. For those members approved to live off base, they become eligible for an Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA).
What is OHA?
OHA stands for Overseas Housing Allowance and is provided to military personnel living off base to help off-set housing costs. OHA helps off-set costs for Rent, Utilities, and Move-in expense (MIHA). Housing allowances are normally based on geographic duty location, rank, and dependency status.
How much OHA will I receive when I PCS to Guam?
OHA is based on geographic location, rank, and family status. The Guam Housing Office counselor can assist you in determining how much you qualify for, or you can check the OHA Calculator.
Do I automatically qualify for OHA?
No. Once you arrive in Guam, schedule a meeting with the Housing Office to determine the procedures for obtaining OHA. As a general rule, you will need to get approval to live off base, find an appropriate off base home or condominium, and take a copy of your signed lease to the Housing Office for approval and processing. All leases are subject to the review and approval of the Guam Housing Office.
How much rent can I afford to pay? Will my OHA cover all my housing expenses?
You can ask your Guam Housing Office counselor for your maximum rental allowance. Be advised that if your rent is below your maximum rental allowance, the amount you actually pay for rent will be used to compute your allowance. You will not be able to keep the difference between your maximum allowance and the actual rent amount. However, if your rent is above the maximum rental allowance, you receive the maximum allowance and will be responsible for any amounts owed above the allowance amount.
Working with your Housing Office counselor and a good realtor should provide you with housing options that fall within your various allowances for rent and utilities.
I hear utility expenses are high on Guam. How can I find out what kind of utility bills I can expect to pay when living off base?
Once you determine what your utility allowance is, your Housing Office counselor and your realtor should be able to give you a good understanding of the utility issues on Guam, and how to minimize those expenses. You will also be provided with a utility allowance in addition to your housing allowance to off-set utility costs for living off base.
Do I have to use a realtor when looking for off base housing on Guam?
No. However, using the right realtor will greatly enhance your opportunities for finding the right house or condominium for you and your family. Doing some homework on the internet and communicating with a realtor prior to your arrival on Guam will reduce time and frustration on your part.
Who pays the commission when I use a realtor on Guam?
The seller and/or the landlord traditionally pay any real estate commissions involved in buying or renting property on Guam. That means, you as a buyer or renter, don’t have to worry about paying commissions if you use a realtor.
When should I begin the process for off base living?
Generally, it is recommended that you research housing opportunities on the internet prior to your arrival on Guam. Working with a realtor prior to your arrival will help in narrowing down potential options to those that fit your budget and family situation. Since the Guam rental market is constantly changing, you need to realize that homes that appear available on the internet might not be available when you arrive on Guam. Landlords normally don’t hold properties without a deposit for more than 2 weeks.
What is required for renting a home or condo off base?
Normally, landlords require the first month (pro-rated) rent plus a security deposit equal to one month’s rent. In addition to this, you will need to transfer utilities to your name prior to occupancy of the property you are renting. The utility companies normally require a deposit for first time customers. These deposits are subject to change, so you need to check with the utility company (Guam Power Authority) and (Guam WaterWorks) or a knowledgeable realtor.
What is the standard lease term on Guam?
Most landlords prefer a minimum of one year when entering into a lease agreement. The lease can include options for renewal at the same rate and terms of the original lease. Month-to-month or short-term leases are very difficult to find.
Are there benefits to purchasing a home on Guam during your Tour of Duty on Guam?
Over the past several years, there has been an increase in home and condominium purchases by military personnel on Guam. The majority of banks on Guam offer VA loans to qualified borrowers, making home ownership more affordable. Interest rates have remained at historical lows over this period of time. Your realtor can provide you with the “pros and cons” of home ownership prior to your arrival on Guam.
Rent versus Buy
Here’s some information to help you decide whether or not purchasing a home on Guam makes sense.
While there are numerous properties available for rent on Guam, you will find that the more desirable homes/condos have rents ranging from $2,000 TO $4,000+. Most rents average between $2,000 and $2,500 for standard properties. High end or luxury properties can rent for considerably more.
As a renter, you may encounter:
- Restrictions on what you can do to decorate and improve the house or condo
- Restrictions on pets
- Eviction based on not fulfilling the terms and conditions of your lease
- Increased rental in subsequent years based on changes in the market However, you are:
- Not tied down to a property when you need to relocate
- Not responsible for most maintenance issues
As an owner, you are:
- Free to decorate your home/condo as you see fit
- Free to have any pets
- Able to build equity and use the mortgage interest as taxable deduction On the other hand, you have:
- Less flexibility when you need to relocate (but can rent to cover mortgage payment)
- Responsibility for all maintenance issues
Buying a home on Guam
The long term forecast for Guam real estate is good. Why pay someone else’s mortgage when you can build your own equity during your tour on Guam. Ask one of our experienced realtors to assist you in exploring the opportunities involved with buying a home on Guam. They can also explain how to turn your monthly housing allowance into a mortgage payment! Our agents work closely with all lenders on Guam and can point you in the right direction for VA loans, 100% USDA Rural Housing guaranteed loans, or even conventional financing. Why rent when you can own! Check out Guam’s newest single-family subdivision, Paradise Court, conveniently located in Mangilao.
Do the military financial institutions (Pentagon, Navy Federal, USAA) offer mortgage loans on Guam?
Not at this time.
Planning to relocate?
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