Your 2 main concerns being resale and the commute to work equate to a Realtor's number ONE rule - location, location, location!
I am thinking Carrolton (Denton County side of Carrolton) or Coppell would provide you with a beautiful home, great price per square foot , convenient location to restaurants,shopping and entertainment as well as a decent commute for both of you.
You are probably looking at a preowned home (built in 2003 or newer) with about 1800 square feet. With interest rates at historical low percentages and an abundance of Sellers that need to save their homes from foreclosure, you should have quite a selection to choose from.
If you are planning on keeping your home for 5 years and wish to sell at that point, you are either looking at a foreclosure where you can buy with instant equity or find a Seller that really needs to sell (due to relocation or impending foreclosure) as most mortgage ammortization schedules are written where you are paying mostly interest on the first five years before you start paying on the principle.
My company is completely customer focused and we concentrate on meeting your needs. Please contact me for a list of homes available in these areas and we can visit the ones that interest you.
The first step in the home buying process is to work with a Lender that will approve you and work closely with you during the underwriting process. I do have resources to offer you in this area.
As a Realtor, I will assist you in finding a home, writing an offer, scheduling the inspection, reviewing the results of the inspection and communicating with your Lender and the Title Company to ensure a smooth and timely closing.
I specialize in working with first time home buyers and will educate and inform you every step of the way. I have several clients that will share their "first time" experience with you. I understand this is an intimidating process and you must select a Realtor that will spend the time with you so you are confident that you are making the best decision in making what most folks consider, the most expensive purchase they will ever make!
Please contact me and we will work together through out the entire process. I look forward to hearing from you!
Lucy A. Puniwai