Should we buy a house or rent for a year while looking?

We are fresh out of college heading to Austin, TX for a job. The housing seems real inexpensive there. We have always rented but think this would be a great opportunity to move into a house. Would we be better off to move into a house right away, or to rent an apartment and get a feel for the area first-- will the house prices change a lot in a year?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Definitely rent first!

    You are new to the area, and buying a home is a huge commitment. Scope out the area, see what locations are the best for your needs. Make sure you want to stay in Austin!

    You shouldn't rush into a home purchase regardless of whether you just moved to a new city, or if you're looking in a city you've been in for years.

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  • 4 years ago


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  • 1 decade ago

    if you know for sure that you are staying in Austin, then you could buy instead of rent, the only downfall of that is that you wont know the best areas to live , if there will be children in the future ,, you will want a area with good schools...if you can rent for a few months that would be great and give you the opportunity to take time to find exactly what you want... good luck ,,, Austin is beautiful,,,

  • 4 years ago

    The question is two-fold: a million) are you able to get a loan? 2) Will the lease conceal the value of the loan, belongings taxes, maintenance, loan origination value, genuine belongings appraisal/vendor costs, and so on? As to (a million), i come across it troublesome to think of a financial enterprise loaning you very a lot for a house at 21, with certainly one of those small and unreliable earnings. maximum banks could choose to work out a young interest with stable earnings, no longer a self-employed earnings that has basically been going on for 6 months. you ought to o.k. lose business enterprise or go into the crimson and have no earnings. As to (2) it fairly is as much as doing diligent examine on your area. Fwiw, no remember if that's purely going to cover all those costs, you're purely besides off saving the comparable quantity of $, making an investment in a secure portfolio, and residing devoid of all of the hassles and place of work work. on the tip of the day, your components would be purely the comparable and a lot greater liquid (money out your investments, somewhat than attempting to sell a house and having to proceed paying taxes, and so on on it).

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  • 1 decade ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Rent first. You may not even want to live there after a year. You can always buy later. It's the biggest financial decision of your life, don't feel rushed, nor take it lightly.

  • 4 years ago
  • 1 decade ago

    I would definently wait. Get to know the area first. You may find a hidden treasure. You dont want to get stuck with a house because you made a hasty decision. Good Luck

  • 1 decade ago

    House prices could change a lot in a year, as could interest rates. Considering it is Austin Texas and not Detroit, Michigan, if you can find a home you like in a decent neighborhood, I'd buy if you can.

  • 1 decade ago

    Rent first -- it is like testing the waters

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