Went to look at rental houses today near the new job starting in January. In a total turnaround, we ended up leaving thinking we're going to buy a house and if things don't work out, turn it into a rental property. Hmmm.. how life changes quickly! Did a quick mortgage calculation this evening and we figured out that we would be approved for a ridiculous sum - a sum we could never afford without giving the majority of our monthly income to our home (i.e. no eating). I had a fun fantasy 15 minutes looking at houses that cost that much and then came back down to earth to look at some practical options. Looks like we might be home owners soon! Scary thought!