Rent or Buy?

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Registered: 10-22-2008
Rent or Buy?
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 12:40pm

What are you ladies' opinions on this?

Brad is a warrant officer pilot (as most of you know), and if we get the duty station we're hoping to get, we're trying to figure out whether to rent or buy.

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Registered: 07-19-2010
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 12:55pm

DH and I have been talking about this one. He's in subs, so as far as we know, he's stationed here for the next 5 years - and then he might get out of the miltary all together (but we're waiting to make that call until we're closer to the 5 yr mark). We compromised on renting a house.

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 9:04pm
As much as I can't wait to own a home and do what I want to it, I'll never even think of buying while DH is in the military. I do not want the headache of having to sell a house when/if he has to move and knowing I'll only be in a place a few years, I don't want to put money into a house making it perfect only to have to leave soon.

I know many, many people do it and it works out great for them but it is a headache I am not willing to take on. It is way too easy to just get out of a lease and be on our way.

I also love knowing with renting, I don't have to fix any problems that come up. That's a huge weight off when DH is gone. I've had a few issues while he's been to the field or TDY and I have had help dealing with those problems.

I am ridiculously sick of beige walls/carpet in rentals but for now, I can live with it!

Good luck with your decision. I still have my fingers crossed for Riley!


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Registered: 05-18-2006
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 3:47pm

We have rented and owned.

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Registered: 02-01-2007
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 9:20am
We always rented until we moved here. The only reason we bought here was because we know this is his last duty station and with Randi being a junior in high school, at that point, we will have to try to stay here for a few more years. I was always grateful we rented since I never had to worry about major repairs if he was gone and we never had to stay behind to sell a house, as he transferred. I was especially grateful for this last year with the market being what it was I might still be in VA trying to sell a house. Just some things to consider.

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Registered: 04-05-2006
Tue, 05-31-2011 - 8:43pm

If I could undo one thing from our military career thus far it would have been buying a house.