So I'm here in Iraq, and some of you might know that soldiers get paid quite a bit for deployments, and obviously since there is no where and no time to spend that money it all adds up pretty quick. So I have decided to buy a house. I'm only 21 so this will be my first home (but not my first rodeo as far as living on my own and balancing expenses). I have a wife and a daughter due end of October. I am looking at a monthly income of about 2400 a month after taxes when I get back, and I will have approximately 30,000$ saved up when I come home. So what I was wondering is if anyone who has purchased a home before could offer me any tips in this endeavor. Anything at all really since I really don't know where to start. I have been browsing websites for a few months now, getting a feel for pricing and stuff. I think about 220,000$ will be my max on the price of the house. I will also be getting a VA loan and I am OVERESTIMATING at a 6% interest so I can budget. Does anyone have any helpful ideas they can give me? As far as taxes, payments..what to look for in a house, upgrading it, what I can and can't afford? Thanks in advance!