Don't wait to find your dream house before starting to save for it. Check out our infographic above to learn how long Americans save for their down payments, from where the money came, and what their biggest obstacles were.
Part two in our Keys to Homeownership series revealed the types of homes Americans bought, and explored the various reasons they chose their homes. Part four will focus on how homebuyers paid for their homes and the sacrifices they had to make to afford it.
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