Diceroll saidI bought my first place in 2010. The obvious downside is the strain it can put on your finances - it's been hard to put money away in savings when there's ALWAYS something to pay for. My other problem is that I hate cleaning lol
What makes it worthwhile is the whole security thing. The best feeling is coming home on friday after a shitty week at work and knowing you have your own place to hibernate in for the whole weekend, if you want to. Obviously you can do that in a rented place as well but it doesn't feel the same.
After years of renting, I finally purchased a house in 2009, and while it's sometimes a lot of work to handle on your own, it's worth it. It was a new construction, and I have had a lot of fun making a "house" into a "home" that truly is a reflection of my personality. I prefer the do-it-yourself approach, which takes a lot longer, but is much more satisfying. I have basically done all of the painting/decorating (with bold colors...lol), on a room-by-room basis, and I really love the way it's turned out. I have an extra large lot and yard, which translates to a lot of time spent mowing the lawn, raking the leaves (12 trees in my yard, so leaves galore every fall), shoveling snow, etc...but I love the outdoors, so it's all good.