Amanda, before you do anything talk to a lender and see what you can buy if you decide you want to buy? I have a couple of great lenders that will give you solid advice about you current financia situation. If yoy plan on living here under 2 years rent now but longer that is a good question about living here and your job situation? How long will you live here if you buy? Once you have the information from a lender then you can make a qualified decision. Good luck to you. Tom Inglesby, Broker, RE/MAX equity group.