Many hours reading PoA - just now singing up! SEL VFR w/HP - ~200 hrs/last flight over 10 years ago. I'm about to retire from military (age 54) and eager to dust off the logbook and resume some training with the goal of ownership someday! Flying club/FBO aircraft rental experiences, were "okay," but I was rarely able to XCTY with wife and dog... Within a year, I expect to be living in San Antonio, College Station, or Corpus Christi. These locations will pretty much describe my 2 adult + bags mission range as well (occasional ABQ runs). However - ZERO hangar availability in all locations. Would I be wrong to buy an airplane BEFORE having a hangar secured in any of these locations? Maybe that's a chicken before the egg discussion, but the Texas elements can be tough on a tie down. This would be my first plane (considering C177 and C182 due to ease of entry for spouse with physical challenges), and a budget of <$75k and fixed/variable of ~$12k/yr.