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Buyer Diaries

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A self-identified "normal 20-something" narrates for the Observer her process of buying her own Greenwich Village apartment at the age of 22. The buyer went on the hunt with a budget of $250,000, but her mortgage needs were small enough that banks actually displayed little interest in her application. She started lying about her age at open houses to get brokers to take her seriously. Eventually, she lucked into a building full of other 20-something owners and renters who wore jeans to the co-op board interview and served Kombucha?so all's well that ends well. [NYO]