said by alkizmo:
I'd move into an apartment with a 1 year lease, in which time you can do local shopping for a house and get to know the area.
Of course, I can imagine difficulties regarding this plan, such as too many things and kids.
This, but just get a short-term lease if you don't want to wait a year. You'll pay slightly more per month to get a 3 or 6 month lease, but isn't something this important worth it? It would be to me.
This is how we did it when we moved out of state years ago. Rented a townhouse for a yr then we knew exactly where we wanted to buy. And we didn't buy where we would have bought a year earlier - that year renting gave us the information we needed to be informed.--
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