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What Qualifies You to Have a Service/Assistance Animal in Your Rental Property?

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Jan 3, 2019 9:29:38 AM

Being honest on your rental paperwork is crucially important. In fact, as of July 1, 2018, South Dakota laws allow landlords to evict or fine tenants who misrepresent their need for a service animal when renting. That's why you should only attempt to qualify for a service animal in your rental unit if you meet the state's ascribed criteria.

So what qualifies a person to have a service/assistance animal in a rental property in South Dakota?

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Topics: Renting

6 Unique Garage Improvements to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Dec 27, 2018 9:17:56 AM

Your garage can be one of the most versatile areas of your home—if used effectively. So, how do you keep your garage useful, organized and free of clutter? We've put together some of our favorite DIY garage improvements to help you take the first step toward breathing new life into your old garage. 

Check out these six unique garage improvements to inspire your next DIY project. 

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What Every Property Manager Should Know About Fair Housing Laws

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Dec 13, 2018 9:22:52 AM

Fair housing laws protect property buyers and renters from facing discrimination from a property manager or seller. As a property manager, it's important to know about fair housing laws, how they protect tenants and buyers and what you need to do in order to comply. We've put together a few key fair housing considerations that every property manager should know.

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Topics: Property Management

5 Basement Factors to Look for During a Home Inspection

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Nov 29, 2018 12:02:54 PM

Everyone knows that, for homeowners, it’s important to avoid a problematic basement. A professional inspection can tell you what needs to be fixed, but, oftentimes, you can set your heart on a place before finding out how much work needs to be done. For more information about home inspections, check out our blog on eight critical areas to look out for

We've put together some key considerations to have in mind when touring a house.

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Topics: Homeownership

5 Things Repeat Homebuyers Should Know About FHA Loans

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Nov 1, 2018 5:37:11 PM

Federal Housing Association (FHA) loans are popular among first-time homebuyers, but they can also offer tremendous value to repeat homebuyers, given the right circumstances. If you're looking to buy again, it can be difficult to decide whether or not an FHA insured loan is the right solution for your situation.

Here are five things repeat homebuyers should know about FHA loans.

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Topics: Homeownership

3 Reasons Your Bank Should Offer Financing for the Purchase of Governor's Houses

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Oct 19, 2018 9:09:03 AM

A lender's roster of home loan products probably includes fixed-rate mortgages, construction loans, home-equity loans, lines of credit and a host of other products. The Governor's House program from SDHDA is one homeownership opportunity that you should promote to your customers or members.

Here are three reasons promoting Governor's Houses can be a positive influence on your institution's brand.

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Topics: Lending

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

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