Rent for a year while scoping out houses in your area, you'll have a better idea what neighborhood you want.I'm moving from a high COL area to a much lower COL area and I'm flirting with the idea of buying a house because they're cheap. I know that it's theoretically the better financial move on paper but in practice I'm sure there's much more headache in the short term. Since residency is stressful at baseline, I suppose I want to minimize outside stressors to the greatest extent possible and dealing with mortgages, insurance, doing all the repairs myself, etc. might be excessive. That said, how cool would it be to own my own house? I've always dreamed of that. I think about all the money I've spent on rent in my life and how I'm NEVER getting it back. And I've always wanted to have my own property with a lawn and a house that I can power with solar panels. Plus, we're going to be on a two-resident salary which is vastly more money than I've ever had in my life. But I digress, maybe I should just rent and make my life easier in the short term, and dare to dream when I'm an attending.