Stressful part is almost over (I close may 1st) on a 3 bedroom house minutes from where I currently live, closer to my work and in a great area.
I cannot wait to move in (June 1st) and start going crazy with the paint/upgrades, studio setup. It's actually in decent shape right now so it doesn't need much work.
plus side to owning vs. renting: I get to garden, paint it how I want and I'm on a list for my first puppy which may not come until this fall!
negative: I'm about to be pretty much house poor, I've signed a contract which owns me until I'm old and gray and because I'm a single person if anything happens to my job there's no buffer of a second income to float me thru hard times.
All in all I'm thrilled though & will share pictures as the place comes along especially once puppy arrives!