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Home Buying has earned a bad rap in recent years: The sub-prime mortgage crisis and ensuing economic meltdown left many homeowners underwater, unable to pay their mortgage and even facing foreclosure. Homeownership rates fell throughout the recession and got down to about 65 percent, compared with almost 70 percent before the recession, according to the Census Bureau. While record low interest rates helped entice homebuyers, the bureau reports that the homeownership rate remains relatively low, at 65.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.
If you're among those struggling to decide whether to buy versus rent, consider these 10 reasons to take the plunge into homeownership:
"Lock in a low monthly payment, and you've just taken a huge step in…
No. 9: College Station-Bryan, TX
2013 Number Of Jobs: 104,300
Job Growth, 2013: 4.5%
Job Growth, 2008-13: 7.3%
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The state of Texas is one big rip-roarin rodeo of excitement. Thriving sports teams abound, festivals pop up everywhere all year round, and of course there’s some of the best tex-mex to be found. It’s hard to imagine being bored at all here. But what if you were looking for some particular amazing thrills? Are there particular spots in Texas that just offer more to the average ultra-active fun-seeker?
1. City of Galveston
2. City of Austin
3. City of Houston
4. City of Conroe
5. City of Dallas
6. City San Marcos
7. City of McAllen
8. City of Tyler
9. City of New Braunfels
10. City of Bryan
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