I answered your other question this morning as well. In addition, renting is a fantastic idea in terms of finding out what area of town you want to live in. Please consider contacting a local property management company (try Google). Once you move here, get into a 3-6 month lease get pre-approved with a lender.
Then, meet with a local Realtor to have them show you properties that are available at that time. No sense looking now, as the inventory is going to change between now and end of the year.
When you are ready, please click on my profile and give me a call. I can help.
Renting for a little while might be a good way to discover just exactly what part of the Tucson metropolitan area appeals to you, but keep in mind our market is picking up in the under $200k price range. Prices on those homes are currently seeing a bit of an increase.
If you would like to speak in person about your move, please give me a call. Meanwhile, perhaps signing up for a Market Leader account will get you started!
Jo Ann Schlott
Keller Williams Southern Arizona