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House hunting: 7 homes for first-time buyers
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Salt Lake City. This two-bedroom, live/work duplex is in a re-purposed parking garage. The apartment has concrete ceilings, exposed brick walls, and floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that open on to an east-facing balcony.


The first floor can be configured as an office and has space for desks and a waiting area. $350,000. Cody Derrick, Cityhome Collective, (801) 913-6260.



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Peoria, Arizona. This former model house north of Phoenix was built in 2005. The three-bedroom home's interior includes a decorative tile entry, a kitchen with hickory cabinets, and French doors that lead to a courtyard. The outdoor area is fenced and features a wood-burning fireplace, a fountain, and views of the desert. $274,900. Neal Farrell, Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty, (623) 695-2934.



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Canaan, Connecticut. Built in 1920, this four-bedroom, Colonial stucco home was recently updated. Improvements include refinished wood floors, new windows, and fresh paint on both the interior and exterior.


The property has a fenced yard, fruit trees, and an asparagus patch. $189,000. Dan Alden, William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty, (413) 335-9300.



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Advance, North Carolina. This four-bedroom house is set on a landscaped corner lot outside of the Winston-Salem area. The interior features a vaulted living-room ceiling, hardwood floors, and a master suite with a bonus room.


Outdoor amenities include a water feature and a garage with a workbench and a garden station. $259,000. Sharon Shealy, Berkshire Hathaway/Carolinas Realty, (336) 659-3234.



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Chicago. This three-bedroom town house lies along Lake Michigan in the Edgewater neighborhood. The interior features a kitchen with custom cabinets, a living room with a modern-style fireplace, and a third-floor master suite.


Additional amenities include a two-car garage and a roof deck overlooking Lane Beach Park. $399,000. Greg Desmond, Koenig Rubloff Realty Group, (773) 572-6532.



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Sheffield, Massachusetts. Built in 1900, this three-bedroom home on Main Street is within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Interior details include built-in cabinets, hardwood floors, a sunroom, and two fireplaces.


The 1-acre property features a stone path, landscaped areas, and a two-story red barn. $387,500. Gladys Montgomery, William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty, (413) 822-0929.



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Steilacoom, Washington. This "Steal of the Week" is a three-bedroom Craftsman that sits a few blocks from Puget Sound. Remodeled in 2006, the interior features a living room with built-in bookshelves, a utility room off the kitchen, and a bathroom off the master bedroom.


The fenced yard includes an oversize three-car garage, which can be used as a shop. $279,000. Grace Hudtloff, John L. Scott, (253) 581-1100.



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