Hello, I am new to the forum and seeking some wisdom. I am in the market for my first airplane and trying to narrow it down. I will be using this aircraft to build flight hours towards my commercial rating and beyond. Purchasing I think will be more fun and allow more freedom than the $27k my 141 school wants to beat up the local area. Primarily, I am looking to build these hours on long cross countries to visit family and friends. I will mostly fly around Texas, but my longer trips would be to Michigan, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, and the furthest - 1,500 NM to Oregon and Washington state. The aircraft needs to be IFR capable with a (preferably Garmin) WAAS GPS and a coupled autopilot at minimum. I am looking for naturally aspirated as I plan to stay out of the oxygen altitudes since my dog will (hopefully) be frequently traveling with me as well, along with the girlfriend occasionally. My lifestyle is based around spending 3 months at home with all my time off and then working 3 months overseas. I hope to one day fly a turboprop for charter or similar to avoid being overseas so much. The plane will fly plenty while I'm home, but when I'm gone I am thinking of appropriate mx storage, or the potential of having a friend fly it occasionally. I am a former military pilot with about 2,000 hours in a turboprop that trues at 230 KTAS, but in General Aviation I am a freshly minted Instrument pilot with 118 hours. The planes I am considering are the Mooney M20J, Cirrus SR20, Piper Arrow II/III, Cessna 182, and Piper Dakota. I would like to keep the price under $100k, 120k max. Timeline is end of Feb '20. I like the low fuel burn of the M20, Cirrus, and Arrow compared to the costs of the 182 and Dakota; especially since I will most often not have any back seat passengers or tons of luggage. The Cirrus would save me insurance money against a retractable, but I am afraid the mx costs are higher and the parachute repack is a big expense. I understand Mooneys also suffer from wet wing fuel leaks, but seem to be much more capable and solidly built than a Piper (from what I've read). My GA time has been spent in a DA-20, Cessna 172's including G1000, Cherokee 140, and Warrior. Lastly, I am not a fan of the high wing Cessna look, though I haven't completely ruled out the 182 if it does indeed fit my mission the best. Open to any advice and suggestions other than listed, though I would ask to leave out experimentals. Thanks!