Also, renting in Salem is probably a good idea for now. You will learn about the area which is new to you, and you will uncover the dynamics of the community. This will help guide you as to location when you are ready to buy a home there.
Your accountant about being able to rent house out and take mortgage deduction. You have to live in a house the last 3 out of 5 years to not pay tax on any profit. Even though you fixed it up there is not a dollar in dollar out usually figure a few years. Rates are going to go up so waiting to sell in a year rates are going to be higher and it will be more difficult for buyers to qualify for a loan. If you could get a great renter it might be worth it but if the renter makes your house dirty it might cost more to fix up and sell latter. You are in a tough spot. Good luck to you . Tom Inglesbyu, broker