When you've spent time moving as much I have, you don't really want to think about getting a new home Austin. However, it is sometimes inevitable. I might get sick of my current place, I might want a change of scenery, or I might just want to try living in a different type of home altogether. At least there are many options when it comes to checking out new homes these days.
I typically look online at the homes available in the area that I am interested in. I like that I can just focus on a specific area. This is much easier than having to find my preferred area by going through a bunch of areas I have no interest in living in. I also like how some of these sites let you save your preferences and that you can get emailed when something that fits your preferences is listed.
I also like checking out certain amenities. I like looking at things like if they have central air/heat, fans in the dining rooms, extra closet or storage space, etc. These aspects are how I narrow down the various places to just a few that I really like.
I find this online way of finding homes to be very effective. I find it much more effective than when you'd use a guide or meet with a renter/owner to see the place in person. At least this way, I get an idea of what it's like before all that.