Homes: What you can buy for $600,000

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    Single-family homes in most major metropolitan areas can easily cost buyers more than $600,000 these days.

    But in smaller markets like Marietta, Georgia, and Cincinnati, Ohio, spending over a half-million dollars will buy a property with a reasonable amount of space and luxury.

    Since $600,000 will get buyers many different types of residences depending on the location, people with a budget that size may want to take some extra time deciding where to lay down roots. Ask some key questions: Is it more important to live in a big city or have room for a growing family? Is access to private outdoor space an important factor?

    These and other considerations will make choosing between a 650-square-foot studio on Manhattan's Upper East Side and a 3,510-square-foot colonial in Philadelphia much easier -- if you have that kind of choice.

    Check out what buyers can snag for $600,000 in 10 different markets across the U.S.

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    Ilyce R. Glink is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated columnist, best-selling book author and founder of Best Money Moves, an employee benefit program that helps reduce financial stress. She also owns ThinkGlink.com, where readers can find real estate and personal finance resources.