buying is such a great idea for a lot of reasons, but it has to be the perfect house in a perfect place that you are fully positive you will love. i haven't run the numbers, but even if you have to do your own maintenance on the house, it's offset by the fact that your mortgage payment would be substantially less than if you were renting.
guys let's all desribe our dream houses
eye level oven (not sure if that's the real name)
a back yard large enough for a small vegetable garden and a turtle pond, plus space for the dogs to run around.
no vaulted ceilings.