Originally Posted by xhamburgersamx
Would any Army dentists advise buying a house in their duty station location or is it too unpredictable that you will be more transferred to another base after a year or 2?
The only time you would move in less than 3 years is if you were doing some kind of post-grad training or special job/assignment (which are few). Otherwise you will be at a location at a minimum of 3-4 years.
I have bought at every location, and it has worked for me. If you can be flexible and rent the house after you live in it - it may be worth it if real estate rises. Typically real estate professionals say you have to own a house for at least 3-5 years to pull any type of profit out.
I don't think there is a blanket statement that would work for all locations. Look carefully at the real estate market in an area before you decide to buy. Don't buy something that is going to go beyond your BAH for the area. Make sure the location you buy in has resale potential. Otherwise you may not get anyone that will want to buy/rent the place from you. YMMV.