Ruth, the answer to your general question really depends on a lot more specifics than you have given us. Things such as if you have the wherewithal to purchase, how long you will be in Austin, where you would like to be, etc., etc. If you would like to give me a call, I would be happy to discuss some details and give you an educated and honest answer. Tomorrow, Saturday, I have appointments most of the day, so if you call me please leave a name and number and reference this question and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If not tomorrow, I can get back to you Sunday at the latest. I had to handle both purchasing and leasing and am one of the top agents in Austin, so I will be able to give you some excellent advice and steer you in the right direction!
Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012) Call 512-261-4415