I bought a Pearson 30 earlier this year as my first boat - did some research and comparisons. I had many of the same requirements as you - Pearson has a solid design reputation, they are very popular and can be relatively easy to resell (God forbid - unless you are moving up!). I received recommendations from several brokers who had no skin in the game and I decided on the P-30. Definately get it surveyed.
So far- I could not be happier with my decision.