@bstern A lot of people thinking renting is waste of money if you can afford to buy, but personally I feel like the non-commitment is worth it.
Have you moved around a bit (even if it is from city to city)? What were you reasons for moving?
I also live in a big city, but am hesitant to commit to an apartment because of the constant changes the city makes. A nice neighborhood one day, can be an undesirable one in a few years. I also am not ready to commit to the upkeep of an apartment.
I recently talked to a homeowner who said that after purchasing his home a multitude of unexpected events i.e severe weather, pipes breaking etc set him back financially.
At the end of the day, if it is a commitment you can afford and want to make I say go for it. BUT if you can't imagine yourself in the same place in 10-20 years I would forgo.
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in Property on Oct 28th 2011
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