Trade up on main home or buy a rental property?We live in a median-priced home in Austin, TX. Although we could afford to move up to a more expensive home now (maybe $200K more), we want to wait about 4 years until the kids are ready to change schools. I am worried of course that property prices will rise quickly over the next 4 years and will price us out of our next home. What's the best way to mitigate that risk: - Just go ahead and move up now? - Purchase a rental property for about $200K, then sell both properties in 4 years to purchase the move-up home? - Try to find some other investment that will move like residential property prices in Austin. Is there a REIT like that? What do you all think, and why? Many thanks!!May 20 2010 - Austin0YesReport 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.