So, I now officially own a house.
To be 100% honest, the house still belongs to my mortgage lenders, and it will probably stay that way for another 25 years. But these are just details.
Now it will take a while to "decorate" it (we have to buy all the furniture and appliances, and stripping wallpaper will probably have to be my main hobby for the next 2 months ), but it's a nice feeling to know that all the work you invariably put in "property maintenance" is to your own benefit, and not your landlord's. The plan is to move out in 3-4 years, when kids will probably enter the equation, and I hope that, for that time, we'll have added quite a bit of "european" value to our little red-brick terrace.
The only downside is that it will take time, and lots of visits to DIY stores, and discussions about colours and shapes and positions, silly things that invariably become bigger than they are when two stubborn geeks have to debate them. Middle-ageness, here I come!