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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the American dream of homeownership has felt more and more out of reach for many first-time buyers experiencing sticker shock over the high—and still rising—prices. Many believe they have better odds at winning Mega Millions than having their umpteenth bid accepted on a move-in ready home in a desirable location. That’s especially if they don’t come to the party armed with a fat trust fund, a generous relative, a stash of cryptocurrency, or a seven-figure salary.

However, we’re here again to tell you that snagging your first home is not a pipe dream—that is, if you know where to look.