I am a realtor and I think the way the market is at this time and the interest rates being at an all time low,it is a good time to look in to homes to purchase. You are right to have some concerns, but as long as you buy smart and have the help of an agent that can give you the comparatives and share the market trends with you, I think it would still be worth your look. There are some rental homes available for a larger family, but I think that you would get more for your money by buying. There are some new homes as well as homes that are "nearly new" that are on the market for less than $70-$80 a square foot. Location, close to schools, seems to be a priority for you and I think that you should reasearch our school"s website at www. usd475.org. I think you will be very suprised to find what great schools and programs we have. I would be more than happy to forward you some listings and visit with you about your interest in the Junction City community and the possibility of a home purchase.