I'm in Austin right now trying to find a rent house. We decided to rent for the first year so we can get a feel for our favorite areas before we buy. House prices are pretty good out here. .. if you're buying. Rentals, in the other hand, are insane. They go really fast and are not cheap. We had a two story house in a cute neighborhood, 15 minutes from uptown in Charlotte for $900. Here, we're looking at $1200+ for anything in a decent community. Plus we have to consider schools, commuting, ect. But we think the search has finally come to an end. We have one more house to look at and then the final decision will be made. Right now I'm leaning toward the brick house with the treed back yard, walking distance to the school with a community pool, miles of jogging path, disc golf, and a kid's bmx course. Of course, this means I'll have to become a brick house burbinite which I am coming to terms with.