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We’re all pulling for the housing market to recover. Most of us want to live the American dream, and part of that dream is having a piece of land and a home of your own. As much as we’d like to be optimistic about the prospects of the housing market, it’s more important than ever to be realistic. Like it or not, the reality is that the housing market isn’t going to recover anytime soon.…

One of the most common concerns for many consumers is whether or not they can afford a mortgage. Figuring out whether or not you can afford a mortgage should be more about simply figuring out what your mortgage payment should be. You should also realize that once you buy a home, there are other costs involved. Better Safe Than Sorry Many personal finance experts will tell you to keep your mortgage payment to 1/3 of…