How to own a house
How I did it: Just kept looking until we found the right one. We finally sacrificed a garage - something my fiancee really wanted, for a lower priced home that needed no work.
Lessons & tips: If you've been looking for months and months with no luck, perhaps you can make a small sacrifice. Example: a smaller yard for a better school system, a larger mortgage for an updated electrical system, etc. If it's been a long time and you haven't found what you are looking for in this market, it's time to revise your standards. We learned that the HARD way.