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Here’s the Salary You Need to Buy a Modest Home in New York City, San Francisco & 25 Other Places — Reality Check

It’s funny how buying a home became known as “The American Dream,” because for decades, it wasn’t a dream at all. Just a few generations ago (basically: your grandparents), buying a house in your 20’s was just reality.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2017

Why Buying a Home is the Best Thing I’ve Ever Done

This past summer, my husband and I checked off that most elusive goal on our “someday” list: We bought our first home together—a perfect open loft space, one of seven carved out of a small former factory building in intown Atlanta. I say that laying claim to our humble loft was “elusive,” only because I honestly didn’t think we’d ever be able to make it happen.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2017

We’re Breaking it Down: When Waiting for 20% Down Is The Wrong Choice

A 20 percent down payment is the gold standard held up by every real estate resource ever. With less than 20 percent down, you’re on the line to pay PMI — private mortgage insurance — a fee that’s tacked on to your mortgage every month for no other reason than to protect the bank (not you) if you ever default on your loan.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Buying a Home in 2018? Here’s What You Need to Do Now

Peace out, landlords! In the year 2018, you’ve resolved to purchase your own home. Whether you’re gunning for chic city condo or quiet house in the middle of nowhere, there are several tips our experts believe apply to all prospective buyers.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Why You Should Shop for Houses Outside Your Budget (Really!)

Shopping for a home — even if you’re just at the “looking at Zillow listings” stage — can be psychological warfare. It’s all too easy to get discouraged about what you can’t afford. And for Glamour’s editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, a reality check is exactly what she needed.

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Posted on Nov 12, 2017

Here’s How Long You Have to Own a House Before Buying is Better Than Renting — In NYC, L.A. & 48 Other Cities

You’ve probably heard it a million times, especially if you’re a long-time renter: buying a home will save you so much money in the long run.

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Posted on Nov 10, 2017

Buying a Home at the End of the Year Can Really Pay Off (in Actual Dollars) — Here’s How

‘Tis the season to be house hunting. Yep, you heard us right; if you’re looking to score a deal on your dream home, the end of the year is a great time to do it.

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Posted on Nov 9, 2017

Budget-Busting Red Flags to Look for When Buying an Older Home

Wooed by its close proximity to our favorite beach, my husband and I bought an older home in Charleston, SC, last spring. One year and tons of cash later, we’ve learned the hard way that it isn’t always the big, glaring problems with older homes that’ll bite you right in the butt—er, budget.

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Posted on Oct 28, 2017

How to Find First-Time Home Buyer Programs in Your State

If you hope to own a home some day, you may be under the impression that you need to save up for a 20 percent down payment—but the truth is, that’s just a myth .

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Posted on Oct 27, 2017

These Are the Cities With the Best (and Worst) Real Estate Markets (And It’s Not Where You Think)

Looking to settle down in a city that’s more real-estate friendly? (That is: You can actually afford to buy a house there?) If you’re on the East coast, you may want to consider moving out West—at least, that’s what the findings of a recent WalletHub report suggest.

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Posted on Oct 25, 2017

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