Is homeownership a joy or a burden?

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Editor's Note: Inman News is pleased to introduce "House Keys," a new weekly column about homeownership by veteran real estate writer Marcie Geffner. "House Keys" offers a fresh look at today's changing images and perceptions of homeownership through current news events and personal stories. For information about publishing this column on your Web site or in print, contact Elaine Baker: (510) 658-9252 ext. 128. "I don't know how you do it." That's the comment I heard from my friend Kristi Fojtik, 38, a single woman who has toyed with the idea of buying a condominium now that home prices have fallen back to earth and interest rates have plummeted to new lows. Fojtik occupies a rent-controlled apartment in Los Angeles that's much too small to accommodate herself, her belongings, her beloved cats and her aspirations of entertaining more than three guests at the same time. So she's considered the possibility of buying a small condominium, but so far...