I will be living no more than 2 years in Midland, TX and to rent an apartment, 3 bed 2 baths, is $2K a month. What should I do? I can find a house the same size for about $180K. The area is in the middle of an oil boom. I know there is a lot of risk, but wasting almost $50K in 2 years worth of renting hurts a lot.