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How and Why I Bought a House at 23

I purchased my house at 23-years-old. I had been in a ‘real job’ for 9 months, and already wanted an out. I got myself into an apartment lease that was waaaaay too expensive, making me live paycheck to paycheck, and I was miserable at my job. The work was fine, I was an IT Consultant and actually enjoyed programming and figuring out these problems and such… it was just that I felt little respect in my workplace. Granted, I was the youngest person there by three years and I was straight out of college (the only one to not have worked at the headquarters for a year before…