I too would love to help you find a new home for you to appreciate and enjoy. My story is a little different from most in that I do business in both Walnut Creek and Danville. Due to my history as a small business person in Danville, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill, I am uniqule versed in those markets and am able to compare and contrast the differences better based on those experiences. Aak any agent to contrast the various areas of Northgate to segments of Danville and few will be able to provide the unique insights I do.
Many buyers also like my analytical approach ensuring that the price paid reflects market trends and have knowledge of resources to help you make good chioces. I leave the subjective criteria for you to pick from. Once I understand your needs, I also have tactics that create opportunities for you. We can discuss those if you see this as a value and decide to contact me for a personal and private consultation.
In the meantime Happy Home shoppin, I hope to hear from you soon!
Bernard has tabled an excellent point re: holding period, which I not only agree with, but would additionally lean towards an even more conservative timeline given the continued level of economic uncertainty.
For a quantitative perspective regarding the "buy vs. rent" question you may want to run some scenarios using the following two sites:
Get pre-approved for your loan or if paying cash you will need to show proof of funds. Give me a better idea of your price range and specific needs (size etc) and I can send you a better list and put you on an auto-notification.
I would like to be your agent by providing you great service. I have electronic signatures available to help you sign documents in your home in San Diego. This eliminates a lot of faxing and over night mail.
Although my office is in east county my family is in that area and I can assist you in that area.
My web site is AskGene.info. 925-260-4321
Certainly I would like to throw my hat into the ring with the others and you check out my credentials at the web site below. The one thing that concerns me though, is the 2-3 year time frame you mention. My philosophy in working with buyers and sellers is always to put their interests first and I generally advise people that 3 years is the minimum period they should expect to live in a home if they plan to buy. Otherwise it may make sense to continue renting. I really don't anticipate significant price increases in our area over the next 2-3 years (although I don't anticipate declining prices either) and you need to factor in the costs of buying and selling before committing to buying at this stage.
In any event, if you are sure you want to buy now, I would love to help you.
If you are concerned about safety, be assured that all areas in Danville and Blackhawk are safe. Walnut Creek is also generally a safe place to live although some parts perhaps less so than others. I agree with Steve that http://www.CrimeReports.com is a great resource from that point of view.
Bernard Gibbons, DRE License # 01331583
J. Rockcliff Realtors, 15 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526
Phone (925) 997-1585 - firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a number of excellent Realtors that you can find right here on Trulia. Many will have their qualifications and client testimonials listed under their individual Trulia websites for review. You can also review their answers to various questions to get a feel for level of experience.
You can also use http://www.crimereports.com to do some research on the different areas. I like this particular site because it geo-locates events that have occurred and their classification. For example, here is Alamo: