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3 unexpected upsides of homeownership

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Lately, I've been surprising myself at how often I hear myself reference an event that happened 20 years ago or describe a dear friend as having been my "bestie" for the last decade. But there was no denying that I'm a bona fide grown-up when last year I got a note in the mail announcing my 10-year reunion -- for law school, not high school! Having moved to the San Francisco Bay Area specifically to go to law school, this means that I'm staring down my 15th year in the area; and having bought my first home just months after graduation, I'm looking at my 10th year of homeownership -- though I've owned three different homes in that time, they've all been within the same metro area. And it strikes me that, besides the obvious tax and long-term financial advantages of homeownership, I've become conscious of some of the less obvious, unintended advantages of owning a home in the same area for a relatively long period of time. I'd like to share some of them with you: 1....