The 80K you have now wouldn't be enough to put a down-payment on a house in most areas--and consider that less than half of that is outside of your retirement account.I'm not sure where you're getting your data on house prices, but assuming a 20% downpayment, $80k would be enough for a downpayment on a $400k house. The national median price (half higher, half lower) in Q3 2007 (Q4 figures not yet published) was $224,900. (http://www.realtor.org/press_room/news_releases/2006/mhp_2006q3_sales_confirm_market_transition.html)And prices are dropping. Even $40k should be able to provide a 20% downpayment to buy nearly half of the homes in the US.AJ
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