Congratulations on you and your boyfriend taking the next step!
As many of my colleagues have stated, buying is usually always going to be better than renting. You are no longer paying someone else's mortgage, you are paying your own.
One thing to really keep in mind when buying a condo is the HOA. This can be one of the biggest drawbacks of condo living. When looking for a condo, you will want to know how many homeowners are in default, how many units are non-owner occupied and most importantly, how much the complex has in reserves.
Financing will also be key. You want to make sure you really explore your options and look into any programs you and/or your boyfriend may qualify for.
Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions. We actually have a beautiful condo coming up on Ocean Blvd.
Prime Partners @ Keller Williams Realty