Understanding Your Home Options
Buying a home can take some extra planning, but if you plan on being at a location for several years, owning your home may be a rewarding experience. A VA Loan can take 30-60 days to close once you are under contract.
Leasing off-post has quite a few benefits. It allows you to learn more about the day-to-day culture of your new area. If you have children, it lends you options in different school districts. If you find the right place, you may be able to pay for your lease plus utilities for less than your BAH.
Living on post has a great deal of benefits too. Not only can you be closer to work, and not worry about lines at the gate, but you also can walk or bike to many of your post privileges. On post living provides the opportunity to live next to other military families and provides a layer of social interaction with other people familiar with the military lifestyle.