When I first come to America in 1997, I bought a new home within 3 months.  My first new home is built by Shea Homes and I moved in Jan 1998.  Do you plan to buy a new home and sell your old home or rent it out to upgrade yourself to an investor?  It may or may not cost you money at all ... 

Shea Homes is building over 400 new condominiums in Livermore (580 Isabel exit N).  Prices are from $525k to 673k, houses are from 2 bed 2.5 bath 1276sf to 4 bed 3 bath 2006sf.  Most of them has side-by-side 2 car garages, come with me and take a look.