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5 Tips for Parents Assisting a Child Through First-Time Homebuying

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Oct 5, 2018 11:32:42 AM

Parents of adult children often wish to help their children achieve the dream of homeownership, but knowing where to start is important. Regardless of what your family's financial situation is, there are a number of ways to help your child's dream come true.

Check out our five tips for parents assisting their children through first-time homebuying.

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Topics: Homeownership

How to Finance and Budget for Home Improvements

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Sep 28, 2018 12:25:10 PM

Ready to undertake a renovation project in your home but not sure how to gather up the cash to make it happen? Budgeting for home improvements can take many shapes and forms—from borrowing from a bank to saving to prioritizing your wants and needs.

Here are a few ways to get started the right way.

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Topics: Homeownership

5 Exterior Features to Make Your Home More Sellable

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Sep 17, 2018 9:30:08 AM

You put a lot of time and energy into creating a high-quality property to put on the housing market, but when it comes to going the extra mile, what features should you include? Exterior elements of a property can have a surprisingly large impact on marketability.

Here are five exterior features to consider.

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Topics: Homeownership

The Guide to Securing a Safe, Comfortable Apartment on a Budget

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Sep 7, 2018 2:32:05 PM

When it comes to apartment-hunting, weighing the pros and cons between "safe/comfortable/attractive" and "affordable/budget-friendly" can be a task. However, there are measures you can take to make searching for an ideal place even easier.

Here are some starter tips for finding a safe, comfortable apartment on a budget.

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Topics: Renting

Buying Again: What Changes for Second-Time Homebuyers

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Aug 30, 2018 9:32:18 AM

Practice makes perfect, right? Homebuying for a second time can come with some slight changes in the process, as well as lessons learned from the first time around. What exactly changes for a second-time homebuyer, though?

Here are some of the ways your experience may differ.

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Topics: Homeownership

Home Loan Preapprovals: What You Need to Know

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Aug 23, 2018 5:36:31 PM

When it comes to buying a home, one of the first steps toward securing your financing is to apply for a preapproval. Your home loan can take many forms, but a preapproval gives you a stronger sense of what to expect in a mortgage.

Here's what you need to know about preapprovals—and how they affect your homebuying process.

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Topics: Homeownership

How Mortgage Lenders Can Better Cater to Veterans

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Aug 16, 2018 4:12:10 PM

When it comes to military veterans, returning home from service can come with a lot of adjustments. One of those adjustments may be finding or building a house to come home to in the first place. As a lender, there are small ways that you can enhance your offerings to military veterans.

Here are a few ways that financial institutions can better cater to vets.

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Topics: Lending

Why Housing Development in Rural Communities Matters

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Aug 8, 2018 3:49:35 PM

Much of the headlines when it comes to property development revolve around major projects in urban areas—cities with high growth rates and ample opportunities for profitable construction. However, there's an area of the country that needs just as much development attention—rural communities.

Here are some of the reasons property development is so important to rural America.

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Topics: Property Development

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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Topics: Homeownership

A Senior's Guide to First-Time Renting

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Jul 26, 2018 6:14:29 PM

Are you thinking about renting as a senior? If it's been a while since you've rented, or this is your first time, there are some important factors every senior should know. Before you start the apartment search, know what's available to you—from your neighborhood options to budgetary assistance to your renter rights.

Read on for our guide to renting as a senior.

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Topics: Renting

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