Embrace the September 2015 Call to Action (You Could Win $100!)

Embrace the September 2015 Call to Action (You Could Win $100!)

Long live the American Dream!

Sure, there's been a slowdown in the housing market since the Great Recession, but recent signs point to an uptick in homeownership.

Sales numbers for both existing and new homes inched upward in July, with more than 6 million people being handed the keys to their new abodes last month.

But as with all exciting life events, the process doesn't come without a series of financial queries, conundrums and—all too commonly—catastrophes.

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That's why, for our September Call to Action, we want to know: What part of the home-buying process caught you—and your finances—by surprise?

Maybe you got a bad case of sticker shock from the unexpected fees you had to pay at your closing.

Or perhaps your home inspector missed some structural issues that meant you had to pay for more for pre-move in repairs than you'd anticipated.

Whatever it is, we want to hear about it in the comments below—and you’ll be entered for a chance to win $100! Be sure to use your email address when you comment—it won’t be visible to others—so we can notify you should you win.

Open only to legal residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry. Premium users are not eligible. Contest running from September 2, 2015, through September 23, 2015. Finalists must be willing to share their name and a photo to be eligible for consideration. We will select the most compelling entry as the winner, and his or her story may be published on the site.

LearnVest Planning Services is a registered investment adviser and subsidiary of LearnVest, Inc., that provides financial plans for its clients. Information shown is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended as investment, legal or tax planning advice. Please consult a financial adviser, attorney or tax specialist for advice specific to your financial situation. LearnVest Planning Services and any third parties listed, linked to, discussed, identified or otherwise appearing herein are separate and unaffiliated and are not responsible for each other’s products, services or policies.

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