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There is a but, and not the one on my head. The but is, I just get an uneasy feeling about buying while I work at a loony bin I work at now.
Case in point, and I have to share this for laughs, as I've mentioned I work in IT I'm a programmer. Because the employees where I work (like me for instance) are considered dumbasses, we aren't considered capable of writing the new website these guys wanted. So they hired out some "experts" a contracting company who one of the executives in the company happens to have ties with. These guys come in, are basically told they are in charge and to do whatever they need to do, and they ran with that - they proceeded to lie to the execs in terms of estimate and timeframe (I knew when I heard what they told them they were lying or had no idea what they were doing), do inadequate requirements gathering (they never listened to a thing we said and just went and did whatever they felt like so months later things are coming back that weren't done or done right) and now we have a site that the people in the company can't maintain it was just cobbled together. But even with paying 5 times the cost they were told (and still paying) and being 6 months late and with all the problems, upper management considers that a smashing success. (if we did that, we'd be fired you know).
So, now management wants to write a mobile version of the site. I joked they'd probably bring these guys back for another screwing, but I was half serious because I know they simply don't learn from their mistakes and repeat them over and over again (I've seen it before, and you know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing time and again and expecting different results. That's the best way I could describe our management). Well guess what? Yesterday this company that just porked them royally is demo'ing some prototype no doubt quickly hacked together of a mobile site.
I'd like to say I can't believe it, but I can. But I just am left uneasy working for these sort of lunatics. And it's really not good to be thought of as a moron, which we all are, in a professional role (it's not personal, we're ALL idiots). They don't listen to reason so I just keep my mouth shut, let them burn and do my best to stay out of the way, but I really want better than this. Hence I am looking for another job but so far I've had one actual interview and the pickings aren't great in this area.
But back to the original matter, I'm not comfortable given that I work for people as nuts as Charles Manson (just without swastikas on their foreheads who haven't killed anyone, as far as I know) and worse yet that if I lose this lousy job there may not be anything else on the horizon. I think that bothers me the most - if I could easily get another job, it wouldn't be so bad, and I would.
I really do want to buy - renting is a waste of money and no way to build your equity, but in this job, it really makes me very uneasy, especially in this apparently permanently depressed economy here.