Buying vs. Renting
Typically I advise clients, friends, and acquaintances to buy. There is an exception to that I believe. When moving to a large city, that isn’t always the best idea at first. The reason that I feel that way comes from experience.
A number of years back we moved to Austin Texas. Great City to live in. We chose the South end near the art district in an area called Travis Heights. We were very fortunate that this was a good fit for our family. There were two distinct cultures in Austin, the North Side was techier, and the Southside was artsier. It was also a lot closer to San Antonio and San Marcos where we took our children to visit the awesome zoo and recreational areas.
Had we moved to the Northside right off the bat I think it would have been an entirely different experience for us. Not that there is anything wrong with the North side of Austin, it’s that the South side was a better fit for us.
If/when my husband and I make a move to a warmer climate in about 4 years from now I believe we will rent to assure us that we are in the right spot for us. I believe we will rent for 6 months to 1 year to be certain. The next move will likely be our last move as our licenses in each of our professions are too difficult to obtain in another state.