BF and I are actively house-hunting. We've been to look at 4 places so far (the market's a little tight in our area) and so far we've only seen one we like enough to want to go back again. I'm going to call my uncle this morning because he has a lot of experience looking at houses and remodeling, so he'll be able to tell us (brutally honestly) whether this one is actually worth it or not. We're kind of in trouble, though - both BF and I can see ourselves living there.
I've found myself compromising quite a bit already. I was really wanting to get something with an attached garage and storage space, but that doesn't seem possible in our price range. I'll take the storage space over the garage. If you were looking for a place to live, what one thing would you not compromise; that is, what one feature would the place you were buying have to have?