There is no question about it, a Merida house hunt is a heady experience. Some approach it methodically, renting for six months to a year (or even longer) in an attempt to be sure that they have the right city and the right neighborhood. Others come for the first time on vacation and leave with a purchase contract. We fell somewhere in the middle, deciding to buy on our first trip but looking at multiple properties over the course of nearly a full year before we settled on ours. There is no right or wrong way...you just have to do what feels comfortable for you personally.