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Buy a house you like

If you're buying today for yourself and your family, you want a home that will make you happy for the next few years.

You can't always count on a quick sale. And depending on how much you put down, and how much you have to shell out to sell and relocate, short-term ownership can be a pretty expensive proposition.

Improve your chances by: stepping back, Gyourko says, and making certain "you like the house."

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