The Real Cost Of TV Apartments — & Who Could Actually Afford Them

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This story was originally published October 24, 2014. TV isn't supposed to be real life. We know that. But, sometimes we see an apartment or sprawling pad in a series that just seems wildly unrealistic for the salaries the characters make. (Ahem, Carrie Bradshaw.) According to Debi Buckley, the director of communications at loanDepot, a good rule of thumb is that you can only afford to buy a place that's priced at three times your annual salary.
She let us in on the real cost of five gorgeous TV homes, and whether the characters on the shows would be able to write that substantial down payment check. Good news for Jessica Day: She could always buy that loft and kick all the guys out if she wanted.
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Modern Family
10336 Dunlear Street, Los Angeles.

Mortgage Price: $1,720,000.
Down Payment: $430,000. Chances are the Dunphy's couldn't afford this sprawling house in Los Angeles.
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The Mindy Project
Undisclosed location, Manhattan.

Mortgage Price: $2,000,000.
Down Payment: $500,000.

Even with Mindy's great salary as a doctor, she would have to put down a hefty downpayment to get this place in NYC.
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Nashville
917 Overton Lea Road, Oak Hill, Tennesse.

Mortgage Price: $1,462,400.
Down Payment: $365,600.

Even without a steady salary, super star Juliette Barnes would have no problem purchasing this palace.
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Revenge
6249 Pebbleshore Lane, Wilmington, North Carolina.

Mortgage Price: $1,263,200.
Down Payment: $315,800. Even though Emily Thorne is loaded with money that's tied up in secret trust funds, she wouldn't have a steady salary. Paying for this place could prove tricky — unless she put down significantly more than the typical 20%.
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New Girl
Traction Avenue, Los Angeles.

Mortgage Price: $455,200.
Down Payment: $133,800.

Jess would get close to qualifying, but only during the times she has her full-time teaching job.
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