well, we will have the time to wait!! And I will def make sure that we are neighbors or at least very close to each other!!! I've kind of been skipping over the short sale houses, but now I may go back and just look again. My only problem is I don't know which are the good areas and which are the not good areas, so it will help knowing someone there who can point me in the right direction and not just a realtor! And once I'm done with school, I may get offered a job before we are really ready to buy and may have to rent for awhile too! And I'm not sure I want to be somewhere that has an HOA.