First time home buyer...or am I?Hello, my name is Greg. I'm 32, and I have $15,000 saved in my bank, separate from $3000 in checking. I work at a factory making $300/ week, so $1200 monthly income. I have a 2001 GMC Jimmy for collateral, valued at $4000. I'm a veteran, so I have a VA loan available to me, and an FHA loan, since it would be my first house. I was looking at rental properties recently, and I noticed several mortgage payments would be at or below rent. I was wondering what price range house could I afford to buy? I am aware that owning a home would also require utilities, property tax, and any hoa fees, but I'd rather own than rent, if I can afford it. As a secondary question, I was wondering what advice you could offer. The main reason I prefer owning my home over renting is because I have a criminal record, and I don't want to be in a position where a landlord can evict me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.January 01 2014 - Westside11YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.