I agree with the prior poster, now is a good time to begin the process of identifying communties of interest, styles of homes you like and that are in your budget and also to find an agent. All of that can be done remotely via internet, with a little help from your phone to interview agents for selection. Once you find one you like, then put her to work. That way when you come home you can really hit the ground running.
Trulia is a great place to accomplish all of these things!
And thank you for your service. I am humbled everyday by those that serve our country as you do!
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