I've owned several homes and have only had to rent at the very beginning of my career and now, in the autumn of it. Thirty years ago, the slimness of my bank account dictated the rent vs own question, so I rented for two years before my husband and I fell into an offer we couldn't refuse (the twists and turns are enough for another post). Nowadays, the high prices of Hawaiian homes and regaining our financial feet after transferring here dictate that we rent. Eventually, we'll have another house, or contribute to our portion of ohana (family) as we live with our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter-to-be.
Do you see renting as a step to ownership? What's your plan to buy a house?