If your friend just bought a house, it’s hard not to feel a pang of jealousy over the fact that she either won the lottery, received a sizable inheritance, or was gifted cash for a down payment. And then there’s that fabulous backsplash and gorgeous front yard she keeps talking about.
But no matter how she amassed the pile of cash, your friend’s foray into homeownership can test a friendship, especially if you’re finding it hard to make rent.
“As trivial as it may sound, home buyer envy is very real, especially in a city like New York where buying a home can be much more expensive than in other cities,” says Michael Musco, a certified negotiation expert at Lee & Associates Residential in New York City. “In addition that envy has become even more prominent since the debut of shows like ‘Million Dollar Listing.”
If you want to curb that envy as your friend goes on and on about her new home’s curb appeal, here’s what the experts say to do to:
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