Whenever you are relocating from one city to an area that is relatively unfamiliar to you personally, it makes sense to work with one professional who can review your personal list of housing requirements and can then help you select the best homes and areas to look for your next home.
As my pals Allyson and Nina have both noted, without proper guidance you will probably spend a great deal of time looking at homes and areas that don't really fit since Santa Clara's housing market is both vast and, currently, highly in demand by many working professionals. And, your housing budget is in the range in which we are finding the majority of our buyers--which can mean pretty stiff competition when you are making offers.
To really find a great home, work with a qualified Realtor in this area.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
At your service,
Certified Distressed Property Expert
Please do pair up with a good Realtor here in the South Bay......I work all the above areas. Then sit down and go thru a full Buyers meeting so both - you and the Realtor, are on the same page and can help you meet your needs. Otherwise you will be all over the place! Let me know if i can help,
Be well and safe, regards,