Hi all, I'm after some life advice I have just finished the 1st year of a 10 year plan of leaving the rat race behind to live off the grid on acreage in New Zealand (I currently live in Australia). The savings side of things is going well, but I've been considering buying a house here in Perth rather than renting. Factoring in interest payments, insurance, & rates, I would be about $70.00 a week better off buying a house. It would lock my money into an asset though & if the housing market crashes I could be left in a bad spot. The benefit of continuing to rent is that I do like being completely debt free. It takes a lot of stress out of my terrible job, knowing that I can walk out at any time & not have to worry about having an income to cover the mortgage. My third thought is going to New Zealand early to work before buying some land. Housing is a lot cheaper over there & I could get a good job easily enough with my skills & experience. So I'm trying to work out whether I stay renting, buy a place here, or just jump on a plane & head to New Zealand once my lease is up this year. Any thoughts?