I apologize for this not necessarily being a "teaching" question, but I'm really curious about this. This question is more so for teachers who went to college right after, or shortly after high school, and bought a home after getting your job. If you can relate to my question, though, please feel free to answer. --- After I graduate college, I really want to buy a home, a husky, and settle in. I don't want to rent--I really want to avoid that. But buying a home in your twenties isn't exactly the easiest thing, let alone on a teacher salary when you're single (and plan to probably stay that way for a while). I know teacher wages differ from place to place, and so does the cost of living, but I'm just looking for a general survey. After college, and becoming a teacher, how soon after were you able to buy a home? If you were single, did living like that make you live almost penny-to-penny? I know a lot of older teachers who are still renting townhouses because they like the flexibility, and possible want to move to a new place to teach... but I've never been like that. Thanks for anyone's answer and words of financial encouragement.