K - No one can answer the question of whether a home will appreciate or depreciate over the next two years, but it is a really short term to buy and resell and still get all your costs of buying and selling out of the property. So if that is your intent, to resell at the end of the two year term, I would recommend renting and saving as much as possible for your future purchase. However, have you ever thought of being a landlord and using your first home purchase as an investment? By purchasing a home as a first time homebuyer, you can get some really good rates and terms - so long as your credit is good - even in this market. The prices are down a bit, but not drastically as in other parts of the country, AND interest rates are low. It is a fabulous time to buy. When you need to relocate at the end of your two years, you can turn it into a rental property and you are on your way to becoming a true real estate investor! If you choose to investigate this path, carefully consider what type of home to buy now, so that it becomes a good low maintenance rental later. There are many other considerations, if you are interested in investigating this further I suggest you contact me through the website below or another trusted Realtor you may know. Good luck what ever you decide! I own a rental in Boiling Springs, and it is a great community, as are the many surrounding communities. I've lived in Cumberland County all my life - its a great place - WELCOME to Central Pa!