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@inparadise:

You are a smart guy who obviously can think things through. Just don't focus exclusively on dollars, focus more on sense.

I'm definitely trying; in some ways I'd say that's why I'm looking to buy even though I'd quite possibly only have a ~4 year horizon of ownership :-)

Moving, starting a new job, a new life really and one that is outside of academia, are all very high stresses. Buying a first home is another huge one.

But again, in some ways that's why I'm leaning toward buying; in particular, moving. :-) I could rent a house for a little bit then look at buying, but that would mean moving twice instead of just once. If I plan to rent longer term, there's the small potential that I'd be forced to move even more.

I'm only in a 1BR apartment, but I suspect I have a fair bit of crap for that being true.

(I guess the one vs two moves fact may not be obvious from what I said. The company I'm working for has an office in the same city as my university, so I would probably just extend my current apartment lease out until around this time next year.)

Get to know your city before you buy.

That's also addressed by what I just said. Though granted, I haven't lived in the area where I'd be most interested in buying a house. That's probably one of the more convincing reasons to rent -- in fact, I considered getting an apartment in the vicinity, but I'm not sure if I'm more put off by an extra move or by not being quite as confident about the area.

@aj485:

So, if I understand correctly, it's a start-up company with one major project?

No; they've been around for over 20 years now, and they've recently been growing a lot. The project I mentioned would just be one of the things they're doing and what I'd be working on.

That project is government funding, but the company also has a good amount of commercial business (I don't know the ratio), and even the type of gov't funding they get is probably reasonably safe all told.
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