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11 signs you're not ready to buy a house, even if you think you are

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  Buying a home is a big decision, both for your future and
  your finances.
  
  If you've only considered the sticker price, you're already
  in debt, you don't have an 
    emergency fund, or you're buying the property as an
    investment, you 
    might not actually be able to afford it right now.
  
  
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  Making the leap 
  from renting to buying is thrilling and liberating - for
  many, it signifies the realization of the American Dream.

  But it's also a big decision, both for your future and your
  finances. 

  It's a long-term commitment that requires strong financial
  standing, and in many ways it's about more than just money. 

  
    Read more: 
  7 things I wish I knew before buying a house

  If any of the following signs strike a chord with you, you may
  want to delay the home-buying process.

Making the leap from renting to buying is thrilling and liberating - for many, it signifies the realization of the American Dream.

But it's also a big decision, both for your future and your finances.

It's a long-term commitment that requires strong financial standing, and in many ways it's about more than just money.

Read more: 7 things I wish I knew before buying a house

If any of the following signs strike a chord with you, you may want to delay the home-buying process.

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