So, both my parents have rented all their life and are pretty much fine. I've rented thus far too. I make more money than either of my parents do, though I am by no means wealthy. Everyone always says you're throwing your money away if you're renting, etc. However, I feel like all the expenses that go along with owning a house practically add up to rent anyway. Even after you pay it off, you're paying property tax, utilities, and maintenance. And if, god forbid, you fall on hard times after the thing is 3/4 paid off, you lose your entire investment. also, owning a house must make moving a hell of a lot harder - you have to sell the house. I feel like renting avoids that sort of stress.
So what are people's feelings on buying vs. renting? If I'm going to bother saving for a down payment, I want to be completely sold on the concept of owning.