I own my own condo and want to sell it and move to the Palm Spring, Calif. area or to Santa Barbara. I am thinking of renting first and then buy a small house with a yard because I want to have pets some day. I prefer to just rent a small house but I heard that landlords keep raising the rents often. I don't know if it is best to just buy the house instead of renting. I am thinking of buying a house in a senior community in Palm Springs. OR.... just rent a small apt in beautiful Santa Barbara. I need advise on should I rent or just buy a house. My condo will sell real fast at a great profit.