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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.


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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