How do I research the other areas where I might like to live?

Please visit our “Places to Live” page for resources to help you in your research. You can also find specific information about Reno/Northern Nevada, Texas, Arizona and Oregon at each of these pages:

Is there a benefit to waiting six months or longer to move?

There may be. Recent events have caused the exodus to accelerate so home prices in the areas where former Californians are flooding into are rising. Also, mortgage interest rates are at historic lows which helps with both buying and selling a home.

Does it make sense to leave California and then rent, rather than buy, in another market?

It may. You can use this “Rent vs. Buy” calculator from to determine the cost differences in any US location. However, cost isn’t the only thing to consider. Moving to another state is a huge transition. Many people choose to rent before they buy to get a good idea of what life is like in that market. Transitioning from renting to owning makes sense after you determine you want to stay in that market.

Can you still help me if I currently don't own a home in California but want to move out of state?

Absolutely. We have real estate agents we can highly recommend in markets like Reno, Dallas / Fort Worth and many others. And you will find many resources on this site to help you research other markets.