Homeownership is something many members of the military look forward to when they return from service. At the end of their tours, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines — and their families — want a home.

Why? For 88 percent, it makes them feel safer. For 73 percent, it’s simply about owning their own house. Others want to use it as a starting point for starting a family, or appreciate the financial security being a homeowner can bring.

This perspective comes from a study NAR is reporting on, conducted by Century 21 around Veterans Day.

Another tidbit it found: Military families aren’t rushing in. Only 33 percent said they went looking within a year of returning. (Issues like affordability and down payments come into play.)

You can click here to read the details — and don’t forget about NAR’s new Military Relocation Professional certification program, either!