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It helps to combine some intent with the decision to buy a house 1X one's income instead of 3X. Goes a long, long way towards helping the intent become reality.

And for the overwhelming majority of people, buying a house 1x one's income is a pipe dream. 100K annual income is a respectable amount of money in Chicago. See how much house you can get for 100K in Chicago, and where said house is. Here's a hint - it ain't very good.

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