Not into the apartment life?
Do you NEED a yard and no "vertical neighbors" but not ready to buy a home?
There are lots of homes for rent in the Austin area. Most of those houses will allow you to use a realtor to negotiate the lease. In these cases, it's a good idea to get an experienced real estate agent like Chris Bee to ensure all your bases are covered.
To lease a home, you will probably be looking at a "standard" contract that may have been adjusted to the owners benefit. It may be ok, but why not have a knowledgeable real estate agent on your side?