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9 Pieces of Advice Most First-Time Homebuyers Don't Consider

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Nov 17, 2016 2:53:02 PM

If you’ve begun the process of buying your first home, you’ve probably heard it all. “Get preapproved.” “Shop around.” “Try a First-Time Homebuyer Loan.”

What about the tips you don’t hear from every friend and family member? They’re just as important but not talked about as often.

Here are nine examples of advice that could benefit your homebuying process that you may not have heard yet.

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Topics: Home Ownership

5 Factors to Keep in Mind When Choosing Renters’ Insurance

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Nov 10, 2016 3:49:22 PM

You insure your car. You insure your health. You even insure your life. So why wouldn’t you insure your belongings when you’re in (or about to enter into) a rental agreement? Circumstances might call for replacing some or all of your prized possessions, so ensuring you have a little assistance in paying for these replacements is a no-nonsense decision. 

Here are five factors to keep in mind when determining your renters’ insurance needs. 

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Topics: Renting

Renter's Insurance: Do You Really Need it?

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Oct 21, 2016 5:43:50 PM

We all have those necessities in life that just don't seem all that necessary. We ignore the "check engine light" at first, we push the gas tank to its last sputters to avoid a trip to the gas station and we roll our eyes when a friend or family member says, "You should get renter's insurance."

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Topics: Renting

Lending in South Dakota: How Your Customers Are Rating You

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Oct 14, 2016 12:04:14 PM

When it comes to building a good reputation in the housing market as a reliable lender, feedback from your key markets is, well, key. That’s why the South Dakota Housing Development Authority’s (SDHDA) regular survey of mortgage lending customers participating in the SDHDA homeownership programs offers some valuable insight into where your customers’ heads are at.

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Topics: Lending

Coming Soon: 2016 SDHDA Annual Housing Conference

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Oct 7, 2016 10:03:48 AM

The 26th Annual Statewide Housing Conference is just around the corner. Set to take place Oct. 25-26, at the Ramkota RiverCenter in Pierre, the conference will feature plenty of networking opportunities and breakout sessions covering topics ranging from property management and housing policies to development and homeownership.

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Topics: Property Development, Property Management, Lending

Pack This, Leave That: First-Time Homebuyer Moving Tips

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Sep 30, 2016 9:52:37 AM

Let’s face it – moving can be a stressful ordeal. (Unless you’re a fan of packing and unpacking, in which case, have fun!) The truth is, it can be a big source of stress, particularly if it’s your first time buying a home.

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Topics: Home Ownership

3 Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Home

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Sep 22, 2016 10:39:58 AM

Inclement weather, a freak accident or even a burglar who just couldn’t help him or herself – whatever the case, your property might be prone to damage of some kind. It’s not a fun reality, but it’s a reality nonetheless.

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Topics: Property Management

Free Download: A South Dakotan's Guide to Buying Your First Home, Vol 3: Getting to the Finish Line

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Sep 20, 2016 9:42:20 AM

If you’re navigating your first time buying a home, you’ll inevitably reach the point where the financing has come through and is all in order, the search is complete and you’ve found the ideal property and it’s officially time to close on your new house. That means the time has finally come.

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Topics: Home Ownership

4 Ways Landlords Can protect Their Properties

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Sep 15, 2016 5:08:26 PM

 

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Topics: Property Management

10 Tips for Tenants from HUD

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Sep 12, 2016 2:22:01 PM

Renting a new place can be really exciting – but its also an opportunity to educate yourself. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development wants you to know your rights when you rent a house or apartment.

Read on for HUD’s top ten tips for tenants to protect their rights, or visit their website at www.hud.gov.

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Topics: Renting