Buying a home is an enormous decision. The military's transient lifestyle can make this a tougher decision for us than it would be for a civilian family. You need to analyze your moving potential (not simple in the military life), budget, apply for loans and more. Below are a couple of factors that helped us to make the decision to buy a home at our current duty station in Lemoore, California:
Buying a home is such a personal decision. I recommend when you decide to purchase a home, it is after plenty of research. Do not resolve to buy "just any home", if you cannot find a good neighborhood, floor plan etc., do not settle a home you do not love. I am guilty of this. We decided to buy a home so I kept trying to make the listings we saw "work" instead of waiting for the perfect home. (Thankfully my spouse is VERY picky and insisted we could find something better!). I can say finding the right place is worth the wait. It is important to also understand the risk that the home you purchased could be worth less when/if you try to sell it. Given our financial situation, and the fact if my husband continues a flying career in the Navy we have a good chance of returning to Lemoore NAS, we decided it was worth the risk.
The reasons above worked for our family, but might not for yours. Have you purchased a home? Will you share your experiences?
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