Q: I'm hoping to buy a house in the next few months. How much of a down payment should I have saved up?
Saving money is a lot like losing weight. It's no fun, requires sacrifices and no one at a dinner party wants to hear about your plan. For many first-time home-buyers, trying to save enough money for the down payment on a house can seem like a diet that won't end. It might even be tempting to click one of those email links that promise magical results, even though you know there's no magic pill for weight loss and no magic plan for saving money.