My SO and I have been talking, and we're planning on getting married-- we've been together for two years-- but he thinks it's stupid to pay rent and not have anything to show for it (I pay $700 a month for a duplex). The more I think about it, I think he's right, and I could find something inexpensive in today's housing market and not pay much more per month than that (say, a $90,000 home). If I do this it will all be in MY name, with payments *I* can afford, should I be single again in the future. We found something AMAZING today online. I went by to see it but we have a realtor walkthrough this afternoon. It's 1,500 square feet on an acre of property, a farmhouse built in 1939: 3 BR, 1 BA, eat-in kitchen with an island, natural stone fireplace. It's adorable! It needs a little bit of work, but nothing structurally (from what I could see). It also comes with a 30'x40' detached shop and storage building on the property, which is what my SO really wants-- a place to work on cars and do his thing. The only downfall is that it's set up on a hill above the local 4-lane highway. But it's super convenient to where we both work and right on the edge of town near the main highway. And the list price is $94,900! I drove over to look at it today and as soon as I drove down the tree-shaded lane leading to it, I felt this THRILL in my chest, and I totally squealed like a little girl. It just screamed "HOME!" to me. I have pictures but I'm not sure, for identity's sake, whether I should post 'em or not-- what do you ladies think? My question is, what advice can you give for house hunting/meeting with a realtor? Tips? Tricks? Suggestions? Share your experiences with me! And if you're a realtor definitely speak up, LOL!