Things to Determine Before Talking with a Realtor: 1. Know the amount of your Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA), which is based on rank. 2. Do you want a Japanese-style or Western-style house? (Do you want an American oven or refrigerator in your house, tatami rooms, etc.?)
How many bedrooms would work for your family?
How close do you want to be to base?
What transportation will you use to get to base? Do you want to be
close to a train station? Will you be getting 2 cars because then you need 2 parking spaces available at your house? Note: Two parking spaces/cars is very rare. Most people use the train, a scooter or bike as a 2nd form of transportation. When living off-base, it is also best not to buy a larger car until you see the parking space(s) you will have—it may be tiny! 6. Do you have a dog or cat? This is somewhat limiting. Only townhouses on-base allow dogs, and many houses off-base do not allow pets. But with a little time and luck, you should be able to find an off-base house that allows pets and even one with a small fenced yard.