Due to recent conditions, there are a lot of single family home rental opportunities with a growing number of lease to purchase options. You may want to save yourself hassle of moving twice and seek out those kind of properties. Real estate agents have access to single family property rental listings on the multiple listing service and could zero in on those that are offering lease/option contracts. You could find the school district you are most interested in (see schools link) and then perhaps rent a home in the same neighborhood or area that you would eventually want to purchase in - it could help ease the transitions for children.
If you are more comfortable renting an apartment, there is a great, brand new facility in Apex called Creekside Commons. They are currently offering short term rentals (as little as 3 months) and have great ammenities to offer. The shorter term lease could leave your buying opportunity open.... more