Why rent when you can buy a pretty decent house for for $1500/month, and you don't have to worry about having a dog! Let me know how I can help. I could also refer you to a great lender who could talk to you about what it takes to qualify for a mortgage.
What part of town are you looking in? A $1500 monthly payment equals around a $280,000 house(roughly, not including taxes, insurance, etc) I'd be happy to send you some listings to look through if you like.
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