I’m originally from the midwest, but have lived in the Boston area since 1982. Totally agree that the Boston suburban real estate market is crazy. It’s been crazy in past years too, but not like this. In the last six months, we’ve received numerous calls/letters/emails from real estate agents asking if we want to sell our house. I had one agent call and tell me she had a buyer who was willing to pay cash if his family could move into a house in 6 weeks??? We don’t want to sell. A friend who is a realtor tells me that the inventory of available houses is very low and that almost every house sells for more than the asking price and goes quickly. For example, a typical center entrance colonial home that would probably sell for $500-550K had 5 bidders and went for $895K!! I think the OP’s plan to rent and decide where she wants to live is probably a good strategy right now. The only problem is that house rentals might be hard to find. I like the towns going West on Rt 2 --Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, Lincoln, Concord, Acton, Boxboro, Littleton, Harvard, etc.