I have found it wonderful to own a home, but i think the way i went about it was right for me. I found a house in pretty bad shape on a nice piece of property in a location i liked. The price was very good since no one wanted this house. Living in my RV in the driveway is pretty easy. Over time I can make my house livable, and in the meantime my mortgage is only $300 a month. You can't rent a place cheaper than that!
I think too many of us buy into the idea of getting the largest mortgage we can secure. I think that is a backwards way of going about it. I'd rather take my extra money and travel with it, or save it, or heck, buy more books.