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Oregon Helps First-Time Home Buyers

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Home prices are getting so high, it's becoming harder for people to afford buying their first homes.  So the state of Oregon is stepping in with its First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account, effective at the beginning of this year. 

Participants can have money taken out of their paychecks--up to $5,000 a year for individuals and $10,000 for couples--to save for down payments and other housing costs.  And it's not strictly limited just to first-timers.  Rich Hoover from the Oregon Department of Revenue explains how it works.  
 

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