Buying is not “always” better than renting.

Real Estate should never be considered a bulletproof “investment”.

Real Estate does not “always go up”.

“Owning a home”  is not the “American Dream”.

“Opportunity” is the “American Dream”. And if you want your personal “American Dream” to include a house with a white picket fence, fine. But remember, too, that the “American Dream” carries with it the inherent opportunity to fail.