"How much house should I buy?" first starts with your income, your debt load, and the type of mortgage for which you are applying.  There is no logic in looking at homes that aren't in your budget.  It would be terrible to fall in love with a home and not be able to afford it, so the first step should be talking with a lender to get pre-approved for a certain amount.  This way you will know what price range to be looking.  When you find the perfect home, you can go ahead and make an offer, since you already have been qualified to purchase that home.  Call me before you begin your application process so I can give you a few more tips! 740.261.9022