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The First-Time Homebuyer's Guide to Brookings

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Apr 19, 2018 12:17:30 PM

On the hunt for your first place in Brookings? South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) has plenty of options available for first-time homebuyers in South Dakota's fourth-largest city. The SDHDA First-Time Homebuyer program is an ideal starting point for the process.

Read on for our tips on first-time homebuying in Brookings the right way.

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Topics: Homeownership

Homeless to Homeowner: How Developing Affordable Housing Makes an Impact

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Apr 13, 2018 3:56:45 PM

Does your community need affordable housing? The fact is, no matter the population or the average earnings in your town or city, every community needs affordable housing. So when it comes to the most vulnerable and lowest-income among us, how can affordable housing make a true impact?

Here are some facts that prove the power of affordable housing development.

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Topics: Property Development

Free Download: A South Dakotan's Guide to Buying Your First Home

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Apr 11, 2018 5:11:42 PM

Your first time applying for a mortgage, house-shopping, obtaining a home inspection—it can get daunting. Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to feel confident in your decision-making process, from setting your budget to closing on your first home.

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Topics: Homeownership

What to Look for in a Rental House

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Apr 5, 2018 4:36:10 PM

Residential living isn't just about apartments and owned houses. In fact, you can find a happy medium—renting a house is a good alternative when you want to test-drive the experience of single-family-home living without taking the plunge on a mortgage.

Here are five things to look for when investigating your rental-house options.

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Topics: Renting

How to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Mar 29, 2018 1:04:00 PM

Energy-efficiency can seem like an impossible goal—not everyone has the ability to add solar panels to their roof or install a fleet of brand-new green appliances. But there's a lot you can do for your home without spending much upfront money—and they have real results when it comes your utility bills.

Here are a few easy ways to improve your house's energy efficiency.

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Topics: Homeownership

How to Sell Your Home as Quickly as Possible

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Mar 23, 2018 9:26:36 AM

It's time for you to be a repeat homebuyer—but there's still the pesky matter of selling your current home before you can enjoy your newly purchased one. So how can a homeowner make that sale happen as quickly as possible?

Here are a few tips for increasing the likelihood of a quick sale.

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Topics: Homeownership

The Renter's Guide to Rapid City

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Mar 15, 2018 10:20:22 AM

Looking to rent a place to live in the Rapid City area? South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is a great resource for potential renters statewide. Before you begin the process, try out our guide to find the ideal place for your budgetary and space requirements.

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Topics: Renting

What's an FHA Loan and How Do I Qualify?

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Mar 8, 2018 11:38:04 AM

When navigating the world of homebuying, you've likely heard the term "FHA loan" before. But what exactly is an FHA loan, and what does it mean for your home purchase?

Here's an intro to this style of loan, what they offer and the criteria for qualification.

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Topics: Homeownership

What Are Property Taxes and How Are They Calculated?

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Mar 2, 2018 8:59:37 AM

Every homeowner has them—but what do they mean? Property taxes are a part of buying real estate. But how are they calculated? And what are they used for? The way property taxes are assessed varies state to state and county to county, but there are some basic parameters most fit into.

Here is a basic outline of how property taxes generally work for homeowners.

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Topics: Homeownership

4 Tenant Security Tips for New Property Managers

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Feb 28, 2018 9:16:44 AM

When you're a first-time property manager, it's important to know your options when it comes to security. In order to keep both you and your rental property safe and secure, there are certain basic measures you can take.

Here are four ways to give both you and your residents peace of mind.

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Topics: Property Management

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