once again the military are being taken advantage of because the greedy realize how desperate they are and the likelihood the soldier will be approved for VA financing. the homes are overpriced by $50,000-$80,000.
The answer to your question is best summarized by the Law of Supply & Demand. When a particular product, not just real esate, is in high demand & short supply the price for that product rises & when supply is high & demand is low then prices would decrease. It is very unfair to say that the military is being taken advantage of, we just happen to live in a market that is driven by military personel.
There is a large demand for homes in the DeRidder area. Many people are attracted to the town, schools, and proximity to both Lake Charles, and Ft. Polk. Supply and demand come into play here within the real estate market. There are a lot of buyers, and they are willing to pay for the homes they want.