Should I rent or buy in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Rent or Buy Tours
The age-old question. We're here to help!
Move Bay Area's Rent or Buy Tours are designed to help you compare rentals and homes for sale in your cities of interest. Whether you have weeks or months to prepare, it's a great way to quickly understand the real estate market in the Bay Area and see the tradeoffs should you choose to rent versus buy.
The Benefit of Rent or Buy Tours
Quickly compare for-sale properties and rentals in one weekend to quickly get a pulse of the market.
Stop wondering and condense your decision-making process of whether to rent or buy from months to days.
Get local insight about neighborhoods and cities (schools, dining, entertainment, commute, and more) from our relocation experts while you view rental and purchase listings.
Explore multiple parts of the Bay Area with our tours as opposed to just one designated area with a real estate agent alone.
Get impartial decision-making advice from us as you weigh a life-changing decision.
How it works
Tell us about yourself.
During our intake, we’ll learn about your relocation goals and timeline, discuss your ideal home and lifestyle, and suggest communities that offer housing options that meet your budget and lifestyle needs.
We create your rental itinerary.
Our relocation team will scour listings and create a custom itinerary of 6-8 rentals for touring, including the cities and neighborhoods that you want to learn more about. We’ll continually refine your listing offerings until tour day.
We tour your rental options.
We’ll pick you up and tour the rentals on your itinerary, giving you advice and insight along the way.
Real Estate Agent
Our partner agent finds you listings to buy.
We'll introduce you to one of our partner agents, who will find you 6-8 homes for sale that match your criteria, in the community you want.
We tour your "for sale" options.
We’ll tour the homes for sale in your neighborhoods of interest. Depending on the complexity of your needs, this may happen on the same day as your rental tour or it may happen on another scheduled day.
After viewing homes and touring neighborhoods, hopefully we’ve given you all the on-the-ground insight to make a Rent or Buy decision.
If you choose to rent
Our relocation consultant will guide you through the application process until the lease is signed.
If you choose to buy
The buying agent will take you the rest of the way, but Move Bay Area will be around as your sounding board should you have any questions.