Most of my time on active duty the prevailing theme I heard was "Buy the biggest house you can afford. Time in service/promotions will ease you into the payment over time". Since founding MBO, I have changed my tune a bit. I feel that buying as small as possible gives you a larger population of renters should you decide to hold on to it. My thoughts are little more complicated than that, but that is the jist of it. This is a current discussion between my wife and I, What do you think?
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I know this is an old post - but I concur with LtCol David Gran for several reasons, some of which you stated sir. The next home I buy will be "small" by American standards, but I've come to learn that I don't necessarily need a ton of space or items to be content in life. I own a 2500 sqft home in the Savannah area and now I live in a 1000 sqft apartment while i'm finishing out my broadening assignment. I purposely downsized during this PCS due to my recent revelation of not needing a large home to be happy. I also find that having a small dwelling, with the minimum essentials, tends to lead to more free time and in a way, forces you to be out and about more often.
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