- Be sure to thoroughly explore the Fort Hood area and your options before deciding
- If you’ve always lived on-post or rented, consider what you may be missing out on
Why Off-Post Wins
8 Reasons You Will LOVE Fort Hood
- There is a lot to do within a short distance of Fort Hood
- Central Texas is one of the most robust and fastest growing areas in the country
- The cost of living is amazing
Why On-Post Wins
My Personal Experiences
I have never lived on post – I bought a home at my first duty station at Ft. Sill, and bought a home again every time I PCSed. I could have done it smarter, but I now have 5 homes, 4 of which are rentals.
I hate seeing military service members go from post to post for 20 years, renting the entire time. They wait to buy until after retirement. They start a new 30 year loan around the same time I (or my tenant, rather) will be paying off my first house.
In the Fort Hood area, it is just as easy to take your BAH and find some off-post housing to your liking. I am a fan of living off post.
Here are some personal stories of military folks discussing what they like and dislike about living on-post versus renting or buying off-post.
On-Post It Is!
Here is the housing office information to find out more about getting a home on post.
Availability is not usually a major issue with Fort Hood housing. In fact, on-post housing was recently opened up to civilian renters due to high vacany rates.
Off-Post It Is!
Now you have to decide, buy or rent? 2/3 of Fort Hood area residents are renters, but many probably can and should take advantage of the VA loan and buyer opportunities. It just depends on your circumstances and priorities!
Leaning more and more toward buying? View a few articles I’ve written about budgeting your BAH, using the VA loan, and learn more about how to buy a home in our market. I’ve also created the Fort Hood Home Buyer Academy for the basics of each step of the home buying process in our area. And then, search for some homes for sale!
Everyone is different, and it just depends on what is important to you and your family. While inconvenient, it is not impossible to change your mind if you’re unhappy with your decision after a year in the area.
I’m a Realtor, and of course super excited to help anyone that wants to explore some of their off-post home options. Contact me to get started exploring buying a Fort Hood home today!