Avoid using a mortgage to purchase a house at all costs. Do the math on the compound interest. It's a lesson I learned the hard way. Well, I knew it in advance but I chose to do it anyway because I was young and foolish. I don't care what everyone else thinks. Most people follow the herd. The single best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to get out of debt and then stay that way. It's much harder to do that once you have a mortgage.
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