House or rent? Your opinion
We have friends who are getting married this summer. They are dead set on getting a house, even though neither of them are big savers. (She brags about how much she spends in groceries alone, even though right now she lives with her parents, and DH has known him since grade school and is quite familiar with his spending). Whenever they bring this up, we suggest renting in order to save money, since the first few years of marriage can be tough and starting out in debt can be even worse. Apparently he asks my husband for advice, so he is asking for his opinion (not that we care either way what they do). An interesting parallel to all this is that the groom's mother is kind of pushing them to buy a house (and not a "starter") based on her own experience, which she admits has put her in debt for most of her life (she is now divorced, son is living at home paying bills with her, and now she is faced with living/paying bills alone).
Anyway, what do you think? Is it better to rent first or buy?