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The conventional wisdom is to buy "as big a house as you can qualify for."

But we're not wise, are we?

Financially it may or may not make sense to rent vs. buy. Either way you can retire early if you work on it by setting your goals, understanding your finances, and living within your means after all bills, savings, and investing criteria are met.

Personally, the freedom of the single family home is worth far more than the cost. I've done both, and I've occasionally been lucky with my neighbors when renting, but only occasionally. Owning requires some more expenses and responsibilities, but not that much. And anyway, if I was renting an apartment, where would the dogs run, and where would the band practice?
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