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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. (

And prices are dropping. Even $40k should be able to provide a 20% downpayment to buy nearly half of the homes in the US.

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