Not quite ready for a house

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Author and radio talk show host Dave Ramsey.

Dear Dave,

My wife and I just bought a business with cash. We had been living with my brother and sister-in-law while we saved up, and things are starting to get a bit cramped. My brother has offered to co-sign on a house for us, but rent is pretty cheap in this area. What do you think we should do?

- Peter

Dear Peter,

You need to forget about a house and plan on renting for a while. You just bought a business, and at this point you don't even know if it's going to be successful. Plus, if you need a co-signer to buy a house, car or anything else, it means you're not financially ready for that purchase.

Take some time, maybe two or three years, to get your business up and running. Go find a decent, inexpensive place to rent then pay off any debt you have while saving up as much money as possible. I want you to have a nice house one day, Peter. But you're just not ready now. A house should be a blessing, not a burden.

- Dave

Dave Ramsey is America's trusted voice on money and business. He's authored four New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daveramsey.com.

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