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Introducing Curbed's First-Ever Rookie Roosts Week

We're pleased as punch to introduce Curbed's first-ever Rookie Roosts Week —five glorious days filled with the art of first-time homeownership. Roughly half of our daily content will be dedicated to the magical wizardry of purchasing your first place. We'll tell you which neighborhoods are best for starter homes, what it means to buy a historic home, introduce Curbed University, and a slew of other topics that we think will be helpful for the brave souls who've decided to enter the world of mortgage payments and a bank as your invisible roommate.

We're also still seeking out your terrible tales of home-buying as a first-timer. Nightmare seller? Short sale blues? Bidding war gone wrong? We'll post the best (worst?) horror stories here and have a vote on Thursday for who has suffered the most. The SF winner's story will go up against all the winners from the other Curbed cities on our national site. The winner of that aggregated showdown will win a $2,500 gift card to the home store of their choice. Think you have a story that qualifies? Send it our way! Standard contest rules apply. Thanks!
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