This is a better way to put it. What I mean is that in the first few years you aren't going to build up much equity (via payments) that could offset losses caused by transactional costs. You also risk the possibility that the propery value declines, which is certainly possible in the short term.
By renting, you are spending a similar amount month to month (or even less) on a place to live, and avoiding the risks associated with property values, the risks associated with maintenance, the risk of an inability to sell at a profit or break even at the end of your ownership, and avoiding the hassle of financing, listing, and selling.
Obviously, this only applies if you don't already own, and believe you may wish to move in 2013 or even at any time before 2018.