As far as buying vs renting-- In my opinion I would again consider the price range. How much you will be paying in rent for 3 years, vs what type of home and what area you would buy in to consider the return.
It is important if you decide to renovate a home here or any other city you talk with a realtor about the market value of the home before you spend a large amount on renovations.
Any more questions, feel free to contact me!
I will be in a similar situation soon as well. I am also currently looking for a place to live (rent not buy). I would love to swap information with you and we can help each other out. I may be down there very soon and I can give you my impression/experiences as a new resident as well. Hope to hear from you.
While I’m not a Realtor, I wanted to let you know that I’m here to help. I have experience with great agents in town, and I would be happy to introduce you to someone who will be both easy to get along with while still being a strong negotiator with your best interest in mind. Working with a qualified agent can make a world of difference when you are buying your next house. In our local market, I would strongly recommend buying over renting.
When it comes to buying a home, being pre-qualified by a lender is really the first step. That’s a pretty simple process that can be done over the phone in about 10 minutes (you could also come in to my office, whichever you would prefer). During that time, we can discuss the wide variety of loan products that I have access to at my company, how much you qualify to borrow, and different payment scenarios. All of my contact information is in my signature below. Feel free to call my cell at any time.
Have a great day and good luck in your home search! Let me know how I can help.
Senior Loan Officer
Ruoff Home Mortgage
Fort Wayne has several different neighborhoods where you can find historical homes, cool renovations and several outlying areas that are nice communities. I can send you information on crime as well as school districts. We actually have a great housing market right now and moving from San Francisco to Fort Wayne you are going to be amazed at the home that you can get for the money. January numbers are strong with there actually being a low inventory situation currently. If you would like more extensive market information I can provide that via email. As far as doing renovations there is money to be made, however it needs to be the right property. As far as buying, or renting it would come down to crunching the numbers and seeing what would work best for you. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you with your search. I have a few houses in mind to send you, however it is going to be based on what you are looking for.
I work with Keller Williams Realty in Northern Virginia, but if you need help finding an agent in Fort Wayne, In please let me know. I can get you a referral agent in Fort Wayne. Thanks