Going back to school at Virginia Tech, I was figuring out my budget for renting an apartment. I got to looking at some of the real estate listings, and for the price of a decent apartment, I could make payments for a double-wide or small house. For instance, there's a 4 bedroom modular home on an acre, about 10 minutes away from VT that's listed a little under 60,000. It would be almost a no brainer I think. Buy a house outside the city/town, use my 3-4 years in school to build up equity, and then I'll have something to show when I'm done with school instead of giving some landlord over $19k in rent money.