My Realtor opinion is really that this is a good time to buy. Interest rates are low, blah, blah, blah. All true, really. My personal opinion is that since you dont know the areas, they all have their own unique flavor. You posted this in Camarillo, which is not LA at all. LA's areas are all so different and if you are really looking in Camarillo as your initial drop in spot, you might get there and love or hate the agricultural land. You might be alergic to it. You might find that you prefer the closer proximity of Westlake Village to the nightlife in the Valley, or you might like the home prices of Simi or the cooler temps in Ventura and the Coastline. My other real opinion, is come here and rent, see where you feel at home, and then buy. Rent for 6 months, the fall is usually a little cooler for home buying....usually.