That whole "home ownership" thing's a bad move, according to some self-appointed experts on the subject:
The problem with committing to costly real estate is that the old belief about buying a home being a great investment is mostly a myth, as Mike Santoli and I discuss in the video above. “Owning a home is such a nuisance,” Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Shiller said recently on Yahoo Finance. “It can trap you. You have worries every week.”
Sorry, but I did apartments when I was a kid. I prefer a little space between me and the neighbors. And it makes dog ownership easier as well - just open the back door and let him into the yard.