As a military wife, and very familiar with the moves and demands of a military family - you need to ask yourself a couple of questions. First, do you want to buy or rent? How close do you want to be to the base? How much maintenance are you willing to take on when your spouse is deployed? If you're going to buy, I recommend a single family house in Jacksonville, as it will be a better investment and easier to resale. It's a great time to buy, and the VA has incredible options for your mortgage! I'm sure that you'll find a mortgage payment the same if not lower than a rent payment - not to mention the tax benefits of owning a house! Plus with your housing allowance given to you by the military, you'll be in great shape to own a home! If maintenance is concern, there are several neighborhoods where you can find a nice small yard, with a newer home, to have upkeep to a minimum. I'd love to help you with your search, or answer any questions that you have about military life in northeast Florida!