I finally closed on my house this afternoon. Now I can do whatever I want with the property and now I don't need to posse up a lot of cash. Of course, that cash is now gone, but now I can work towards building equity rather than just making a landlord rich.
Here is a picture of me at the end of closing holding a copy of the deed to the property. You'll notice a huge pile of papers on the table. I signed or initialed nearly every one.