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Here are some things I've learned to do when moving in blind…

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I distinctly remember standing in the living room of my new home, looking at the chandelier, and breathlessly exclaiming, "It's a mansion!" American dream? Not quite. My mom was in her dream neighborhood, but the house wasn't hers, wasn't even the bank's. It was the landlord's. Eventually I became ashamed of the fact that my parents didn't own our home, and at times a bit resentful. Then, much later than I should have, I had an epiphany…