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A Pro Snowboarder and a Photographer Do What They Love. Now They Want to Buy a Home.

Erika Vikander and Drew Smalley work for themselves, doing what they love.

Ms. Vikander, 30 years old, is a professional snowboarder who competes on the Freeride World Tour, descending steep mountain faces while jumping cliffs and crevasses. Mr. Smalley, 37, has a photography and graphic-design business.

The couple lives in Hood River, Ore., and would like to buy a home in the area over the next three to five years for no more than $225,000.

Mr. Smalley earns about $50,000 a year. His annual earnings have been steady for the past two years, though his monthly income fluctuates. Ms. Vikander earns about $30,000 a year from prize money, sponsorships and promotions on social media. Most of her income comes at the start of snowboarding season.

She has $5,000 in a savings account and $6,000 in her checking account. Mr. Smalley has $5,000 in his business account and $4,000 in a Roth IRA.

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