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Is home buying tougher on the wallet or the ego?

“In one apartment, the couple was huddled on the couch watching TV and eating lunch while we walked through. Upstairs, another tenant was in her pajamas, eating cereal out of the box in her bedroom. In the other bedroom, there was a giant ball crawl, a la Chuck E. Cheese.”

Kerry Lynch, a 40-something copywriter from Somerville, sounds like she’s describing outtakes from “The Real World.” She’s actually talking about an open house she attended near Davis Square. “All this — for the bargain price of almost $800,000,” she says. “And, of course, it was pending sale two days later.”

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