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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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