Only you can truly answer that question. As you look at the prospect of a home payment it may seem quite daunting but here are a few things to consider.
Home prices historically have risen about 6% a year. Meaning the home you are purchasing may be one of the best investments you make and as your investment grows you are able to enjoy the comforts of your home as well.
The primary vehicle to retirement security for many has been their home. The US savings rate has steadily declined from almost 10% in the 1960s to zero in this decade. The counter force to this for many has been the appreciation of their home. Home equity has been the saving grace for many a retiree.
One of the final things to consider is this. Your house payment will be fixed. Your rent is not. Each year your payment will seem smaller and smaller. As time goes by your salary will go up. Prices of most things you buy will go up but if you have a fixed rate loan your payment will be the same. So in a way you are locking in the price you pay for a place to live for 30 years. After that of course you will be paying nothing. Imagine now two peope who had a choice to buy a house or rent 30 years ago. The price to rent or the payment to buy would be about the same. It would have been about $200.00 for the average house. Flash forward 30 years to 2008. The guy who chose to rent would now be paying about $800.00 with an infinite number of ever increasing rent payments to go. The guy who bought a house would now be making his last payment of $200.00. Which guy do you want to be?