i'm ready to move out of my parents house. too many things are getting to me lately that wouldnt be an issue if i lived on my own. however, i have 2 close friends who are in the same boat. we're conisdering buying a house. i may go on my own on this one, and let them move in as roomates. we're always together anyways, and we're always working on projects together. it would be a lot easier if we were living in the same place. however, if i cannot get the financing by myself, i may try to get financed together with one of them, just to get my foot in the door, then eventually refinance it in my name only. what can i do to protect myself from getting taken advantage of? not that i think my friends would do that to me, but just in case. also, anything else i should be aware of when buying a house?