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6 Ways to Furnish Your New Home on a Budget

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Aug 2, 2018 11:37:22 AM

As a first-time homebuyer, you may have one challenge to deal with that you may not have anticipated—your purchased space is typically larger than your rented one was. More space means more rooms—and more rooms means more furnishings. How can you tackle some of your initial home-furnishing needs without spending your entire monthly budget?

Continue on for six tips for furnishing your new home in affordable ways.

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7 Great Reasons for Buying a Home

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Jul 13, 2018 9:03:41 AM

Owning a home—is it really all that it's cracked up to be? The truth is, there are many reasons you may feel ready to buy, whether you need more room or are simply ready to settle down more permanently.

Whatever the case, here are seven reasons for becoming a homeowner.

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How to Buy a Home in a Seller's Market

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Jul 5, 2018 1:50:14 PM

The housing market can change month to month—whether it's a "buyer's market" or a "seller's market" can depend on the time of year, where you live and the style of home for which you're looking. When it comes to navigating a market that is more predisposed to sellers, there are small steps you can take to stay competitive and secure your dream home.

Here are five tips for buying a home in a seller's market.

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How to Tell When You've Outgrown Your Starter Home

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Jun 14, 2018 9:28:58 PM

You're no stranger to the homebuying process. You bought your first home, and perhaps have been in it for many years. When is it time to upgrade? How can you tell when you've outgrown your starter home? Other than the obvious—your family members now outnumber your available bedrooms, etc.—what other signs indicate it's time to make the move?

Here are four signs you might be due for a repeat homebuying experience.

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The Homebuying Timeline: How Long Does it Take?

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Jun 7, 2018 5:11:31 PM

While everyone's homebuying journey can vary, there are a few essential steps that nearly everyone goes through. When embarking on the home-purchase process, you'll hit many of the following milestones, regardless of whether or not you're a first-time or repeat buyer.

Your timeline will likely look something like this.

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Homebuying as a Senior: Knowing Your Options

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on May 31, 2018 11:28:57 AM

If you're elderly and have lived in your home for a while or rented for many years, you might be in the market for a change of scenery. Senior homebuyers have some factors to consider when thinking about downsizing or moving out of an apartment.

Consider the following if you're searching for a new home as a senior homebuyer.

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The Guide to Affordable Housing in Sioux Falls

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on May 24, 2018 10:48:03 AM

Whether you're seeking a rental home in our state's largest city or an apartment with an affordable price tag (or even a home you'd own outright), you have plenty of options in Sioux Falls. We've assembled some useful information for those hunting for the most budget-friendly rental and purchased properties in the city limits.

Read on for our guide to affordable housing in Sioux Falls.

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Topics: Renting, Homeownership

The First-Time Homebuyer's Guide to Watertown

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on May 3, 2018 9:59:04 AM

In search of a new place to call home in Watertown, South Dakota? South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) has programs for homebuyers who are purchasing for the first time in South Dakota's fifth-largest city. The SDHDA First-Time Homebuyer program makes the process much simpler and more manageable.

Check out our first-time homebuying guide to Watertown.

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Topics: Homeownership

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

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

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