Jen and Brian Hurst pose for a photograph in a shipping container packed with their belonging outside their home in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, May 24, 2019. The young couple recently sold their San Jose home and are moving to Spokane, Wash. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)
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While some of their 20-something friends burned through their paychecks, Brian and Jen Hurst saved.
The young couple skipped fancy vacations, ordered appetizers for dinner on date nights, and lived with roommates to scrape up nearly $150,000 for a down payment on a home.
After four, tight-belted years, the couple bought a modest two-bedroom in East San Jose for $700,000 in late 2016. They continued to juggle several jobs to make ends meet and fix the home up for the family they hoped to start. Two-and-a-half years later, the Hursts put a “For Sale” sign up in their yard. Exhausted, they were done with the Bay Area.