Just a tiny post but...
I'm a single mother (have been for near on 5 years) and I came out of my divorce in debt. I've now cleared that debt and I've made a few of my first payments into my house deposit account.
I estimate 2 years and I'll be ready to buy. It's a new learning curve (paying $400 in rent and saving madly at the same time) but I'm so bleeding determined!!!
I know this is probably awfully boring ... But to me it's a path I thought would never be taken again.