My first question 7 is where are you working? Down south is certainly newer like Apa was saying but commuting and not spending hours on the road is certainly something to consider. However the traffic issues of the front range are nothing in comparison to the Dallas area so it will probably be a blessing no matter where you choose.
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Pick your bedrooms/bath/city/price point and you'll have a list in 10 seconds! No bs!
If you get to the point you want to interview some agents I can give you a couple names depending on what area of the front range you decide on.
Last suggestion. Be patient. Tons and tons of good deals but they are only as good as the interest rate you can lock in and right now rates are real low.
Ok one more suggestion. The rental market is pretty soft also so you could nail a sweet house for 6 months or so while you get the feel of the market.