Most of us who come here answering questions for free are hoping to attract new clients. I'd suggest calling 2 or 3 of us and then choose one as your "buyer's agent". We work for free unless or until you purchase a home, at which time we share in the Seller's agent's commission. So why not call right now?
This involves a little research and for me to just give you an answer without this would not do you justice.
Future appreciation also involves a little research instead of "an experienced" opinion.
Please have your Realtor do this and back up statements with facts on paper.
Peter T. Chin Realtor #01866332
As far as rents, appreciation, and the like there are simply too many variables involved to provide an accurate answer. Still, ask your agent to supply you with neighborhood data, comps, and rental ranges.
Feel free to call me at 415-200-7202
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
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