I am a potential buyer in the Starkville area. One of the things that potential buyers in Olive Branch will have to grapple with is more expensive financing, more supply in the area, and more options for potential residents (i.e., builders are offering good deals - people just need a patch of agricultural land to build on). We are still many months away from moving to Starkville, but I imagine a good time to sell your home would be during summer, when most people are moving to the area for school. The adage that real estate is a good investment is, and always will be true when talking about long term (i.e. 15 years plus). Short term it is a risky investment, but not so if you love where you live. It is a bitter sweet deal for you, because you may not get the price you want in starkville, but if you are moving to a new area, the prices of homes there will also be lower than in the past due to the same pressures. Good luck!