Definitely rent. Lot of great advice, but letâ€™s not over think this.
Based on the information you provided in your question, the answer is definitely rent. Do not even consider buying first. Until you have some stability in a new place, you want to keep your options open as long as possible. When you first arrive, find an apartment or other rental, month to month, 6 month or year lease. Explore your options, check out the areas, you might decide you want to live somewhere else. It is a bummer to wake up and find out you bought in the wrong city.
As much as I like to sell properties, I would much rather have a client that knows I really care about them and their family. I donâ€™t just sell houses.
You have not provided any information in your questions that would even suggest buying would be best. The last thing you want to do if there are a lot of moving parts in your life, is drop anchor, a bad decision.
Now that is settled, I need to share with you some insight about the rental market.
Real estate brokerage firms in our area do not work together in the rental market like they do in the property sales area. There is no one place to go to find a list of property for rent or find someone who is willing to spend time looking for a rental property for you. The rental applications are different, the leases are different, the processes are different.
Web sites like Trulia try to provide information, but the fact is their information is only as good as what is provided to them. Read that to mean incomplete at best.
Since I am a real estate professional in the business of helping clients buy and sell real estate I understand how important finding a home is to a family. This can be particularly frustrating for families who need to rent. Occasionally I am asked about local rentals. If I personally have a property for rent, and the renter is qualified, I will show them my rental. Otherwise I am generally not in a position to help them. As a professional, my inability to help was unacceptable to me so I asked my team to do research and develop a resource about local rentals that I could provide to those families for their use.
I will be glad to provide that local rental information to you free of charge. Go to http://www.Zip711.com and click the Rental tab.
I interview prospective buyers and sellers on a regular basis. I would be glad to speak with you about opportunities in our area.
Carolyn Grimsley, CRS, ABR
Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyerâ€™s Representative
Licensed by Louisiana Real Estate Commission
Realty Executives SB
In Bossier, 4012 Benton Rd suite 110
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