Home Ownership. I've been thinking about it a lot lately. If I bust my ass and close I can get $8,000 free from you hardworking American's who pay for it. I really like my job, and assuming the auto industry doesn't tank more than it has, it's a stable one. Right now I'm flushing my money away in rent. I figure with a roommate, a mortage payment won't be much more than that. So from all you veterans, any words of wisdom?