Making the decision to buy a home is never easy. Aside from the up-front logistics—choosing a neighborhood, pinpointing the square footage, and saving up for a down payment, for instance—this type of purchase also encourages big thoughts about the future. It's hard to know what life will look like five or ten years down the line, or whether a space that once seemed ample will one day feel cramped. In fact, sometimes it's tough to be sure about anything beyond a steady grasp on current trends.
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