by Janelle Nanos, Brides
Before taking the plunge- into home ownership, that is- make sure now really is the right time.
We all know the dream: You become a "we," get married, buy a house, start thinking of yourselves as real adults-maybe even pop out a kid or two. Whether it's a Craftsman bungalow with built-in bookcases or an industrial loft with insane river views that you're pining for, this vision of home ownership as part of your new grown-up life has probably been looming a little larger in your head ever since you got engaged. But given today's sluggish real estate market, the foreclosure horror stories we've all heard about, the chunk of savings you most likely put toward your wedding, and all the inherent life adjustments (good and challenging) that come along with being a spouse-does it really make sense to buy right this second? For some, the answer is a resounding yes, but others may decide renting isn't so bad after all.
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