Buy a property for self or Investment?Hello All, We are a couple in our early 30's and live in San Francisco. We have an investment property which we purchased 4 years back where the rent covers for the EMI.Now we have an opportunity to buy a 1000sq ft condo in SF for 700k or another investment property for 400k outside SF. My question is which one should I buy?Some more data points which might help you - we love living in SF but we have a baby coming soon and we know even if we buy a property in SF we might not live in it for more then 2 yrs. After that we would be moving to suburbs and potentially look at buying something there. Also, in case we buy something in SF the EMI would be the same as my current rent. Also in case we move out after 2 years, we could easily put the SF property on rent where the EMI would be covered by rent (cos I am putting 40% down now)Now the dilemma is should we buy something right now in SF where we know we wont use it for more then 2 yrs, but on the plus side we have always wanted to own something in SF. But the drawback with this is all our equity will get stuck and after 2 years if we wanna buy something in suburbs we wont have enough for down payment.But if just invest now, we can still rent for next 2 years and when we are ready to move to suburbs we can buy something without any issues. Seeking opinion from all you experts. thanksROctober 30 2013 - San Francisco00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.