Claire gave an awesome answer. Only thing, if you decide to buy a new home, for your own sake get a local Realtor to help. I am a loan officer who specializes in VA loans. The deals that are the most problematic are usually new builds with no buyer's Realtor to help. Believe me a good Realtor can be a lifesaver. Hope this helps.
1st Mariner Mortgage
The advantage of a resale is you get to have a shorter closing timeline, most homes can include the appliances and window treatments, landscaping is usually done, and you don't have to worry about expensive cash funded projects upon move-in. The disadvantage is that you are left with design choices made by previous homeowners and you don't have the safety net of a builder's warranty.
Let me know if you need any help finding a place...and good luck!
KW Advantage Realty