Do you have a cat or a dog and you always have a hard time finding an apartment because of pet restrictions. Do you have to pay a bigger deposit because of your pets. Why not look into buying a house. With current interest rates, you might be surprised to find out that you can own a house and pay no more than you're paying in rent. The best thing is, that when you have a mortgage and pay property taxes, you can claim these on your income tax return. It's worth looking into. I can refer you to a couple of great mortgage advisors that can help you decide how much you can afford. It's a great time to buy a house.