Dear Home Buyer, Thanks for your service to out country. If you continue to do the right thing, you will continue to be rewarded and a job will not be a problem for you.
Have you considered investing in a duplex? Do you guys have duplexes in Chicago? Duplexes allow you to be a homeowner and a landlord at the same time. As a landlord, you can rent out the second unit, and with that money pay your mortgage. You will essentially be living mortgage free or almost mortgage free depending on your taxes and insurance rates. The bottom line is, you will be paying much less for a mortgage as long as the other unit is rented.
At the same time, you will be making a great investment because property values are already pretty low, and you will definitely see a growth in equity after just a few years.
Find a good trustworthy Realtor because they can help you find and keep your property rented. Especially if your focus is more on a job hunt, college, or a career.
If you have any questions about financing, or need any counceling, just let me know because I am also an expert at Real Estate finance, and can assist you accordingly.
Should you decide to come to Florida give me a call and I will show you around, and assist you on your transition.
Take good care!