In 2009, I mentioned randomly to a friend at work that I might be ready to consider buying a house. Being 26 years old, with a job it seemed like a reasonable thing to consider. I had no time frame and being the picky person that I am, didn't think there was a chance in hell I would find anything within the next two year. Becky gave me the name of her realtor, I sent her an email and we set up an appointment to discuss what I had in mind.
I'm still not really sure what happened next, but about a month later I was signing a contract on a 30 year mortgage. Now a year and a half later here I am with a 3+ bedroom, three story house, with my two birds, a cat and a dog.
I love my house, it was a great investment and I have no regrets, but some days I am ready to put the for sale sign in the yard!