This would, of course, depend on how much you plan to spend for rent. The rental market here is very strong, so therefore, commands a higher price than the cost to buy. However, until your family joins you, and you are not familiar with the area, you may want to consider an apartment or condo for yourself to rent until you settle in & purchase your home. I would say anywhere near the Arboretum (which is at the intersection of Pineville Matthews Rd & Providence Rd) would be a good area to start. It is close enough for work, and should be fairly affordable. There is an apartment complex right at the Arboretum (I have some friends who have lived there for several years & love it) that you could check out. Good luck!!