In 2006 we opted to purchase a house and put off our wedding for a little bit. We were moving to Atlanta where the market was more affordable, so we took the leap. We began by looking at gigantic new constructions and then considered building but after thinking about it, we realized that we did not want to raise kids in the South and would only be living there for a few years before moving back to Wisconsin to start a family. We ended up buying a preexisting house that was perfect for just us and the puppies. 2 years later we are close to mortgage free and it has turned out to be a wonderful decision.