not sure how this went from leicas to homes, but you guys touting over buying are missing one thing:

Rent a home, 30 years down the pike the number MAY work out in your favor when you consider maintenance, interest and all that other crud.

but

BUY a house and pay it off (which I also strongly advocate, as quickly as possible interest is evil) and you have one thing nobody else has: No matter what happens -- job loss, sickness, financial collapse, whatever, you have a roof over your head.

the utilities may be shut off, it may be dark, but by god, it's yours. And as Steinbeck once observed, anyone who has a yard for a garden need not starve.

And once you buy a leica you don't need another camera, either. Value in the long run.