Purchasing real estate is a commitment that you need to know you can handle before you start looking at real estate listings with a real estate agent. Making a down payment and having a mortgage to your name for a house or condo worth hundreds of thousands of dollars isn't something you want to have cold feet about.
It's okay to want to own real estate but knowing deep down inside that you're just not ready for it right now. Nobody's forced to purchase real estate when they don't want to or know that they aren't totally committed to the idea at the moment. The desire to purchase real estate at a later date can be subdued a bit by renting a house or condo instead. There are plenty of condo rentals on the market to choose from that can ease you into owning real estate.
It's easier to rent a condo than a house and a condominium provides you with more privacy that renting a house so we can recommend that if you do go down the real estate rental route that you do so with a condo. Renting a condo is the perfect solution for individuals wanting to own real estate but just can't do so at the moment, whether it's because they can't afford a down payment or they don't feel like they can handle the responsibilities that come with owning a home.
Renting still gives you a roof over your head, a place to call home, and gives you a chance to practice life as a homeowner. When it comes to renting a condo you get to feel like a homeowner without having to worry about issues many homeowners face like paying for a mortgage, cleaning the backyard, or taking care of repairs that pop up or renovations that need to be done to the home.
All you have to worry about when living in a condominium, is paying your condo fees every month. The rest is taken care for you and you get to view from afar what exactly goes into owning real estate. Take notes of what you would do in situations if you were the owner of the property and keep them in your memory bank. The longer you rent the more money you'll be able to save up for a down payment as well and eventually one day when you feel up to the challenge of owning your own home you can move on from renting.