Owning a home is not just the fun and games of shopping for one, bidding on it and then obtaining the keys to be able to start redecorating and renovating. A home is a real investment and a physical asset.
Buying Your First Home? 6 Financial Questions To Ask First
Even if you're not a first time home buyer, you can get a down payment mortgage. Most people aren't aware that the USDA has a rural home loan program. We did it and it allowed us to buy a home much sooner (and get out of a crappy renting situation!