So much of it rides on your lifestyle and how long you might be in Jacksonville. I would overall say a singlefamily home, if money is not real tight and space is more of a concern. I have found out over the years that most young first time military home buyers, want to get away from apartment type living.
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Best wishes for you and yours,
The answer to your question depends on whether you are available to do yardwork and care of the exterior of a home, where you want to live in relationship to the base and what is the market like for resale value in the area you are moving to. Which base are you going to be stationed?
Good luck in your search. I would be happy to assist you in the Jacksonville area.
Jan Ostler-Walker, GRI
Prudential Network Realty
PS Please note my website which will be a wealth of information re the housing market in Jacksonville.
Hello again. It's really based on your needs. If you have pets and want a fenced back yard, and you don't mind doing yard work a house would be good. If you don't want to deal with yard maintenance a townhome might be better. It also has to do with how much space you need and how much you can afford. With townhomes, you will have HOA fees mothly in most cases that can be at least $150/month. After you speak with a couple of mortgage lenders and find out what you can afford, you can look at homes and town homes together if you are unsure. Then when you see how much home you can get for what you can afford, then you can start to make adjustments along the way. Some lenders are reluctant to lend on condos because the values have dropped so much so be sure to ask yours. I live in a townhome and it's two stories. I like it because my living space is separate from the entertaining space. However, I wil be having a child and adding another dog so I will will be looking at houses soon. It's about what you want and your current needs. Also, with the short sales, you may want to start looking as soon as possible. Sometimes making offers on these proeprties you will be waiting for 30-90 days for an answer from the banks. I hope this helps.