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6 DIY Kitchen Projects to Enhance a Starter Home

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Jun 6, 2019 10:23:58 AM

Looking for some DIY projects to kick off your starter-home revamp? Besides unfinished basements and antiquated carpeting, your kitchen is one of the fastest ways to improve the value of your home. With a few quick weekend projects, you can significantly improve the value of your house and give yourself a kitchen worthy of a master chef.

Read on for six low-cost do-it-yourself undertakings that can add value to your home without breaking the bank.

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What to Keep in Mind When Considering Building a New Home

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on May 9, 2019 2:29:10 PM

Each year, individuals and families all across the country take the leap and build the homes of their dreams. New construction is an incredible chance to build something that perfectly matches your needs, but there are a number of moving parts in the process. Do you know how prepared you are to take the next step?

Check out these key points to consider before you begin your build.

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5 First-Time Homebuyer Tips for Being a Good Neighbor

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Apr 18, 2019 5:25:24 PM

Congratulations! Buying your first house is a major achievement. Just remember—with that house comes neighbors, and with neighbors come responsibilities. Now that you're all moved in, it's time to get neighborly. While it may sound like a tall order at first, it really only requires a few considerations on your end. We've listed some here to help give you the inside scoop before the family next door comes asking to borrow a cup of sugar.

Read up to learn how you can be a good neighbor.

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6 Ingenious Uses for an Extra Bedroom

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Apr 11, 2019 10:20:09 AM

Having extra space is one of the many benefits that come along with homeownership. But what happens when you have a bedroom to spare? How you fill it depends upon your hobbies, your lifestyle and your priorities. We know that deciding what to do with your extra space can seem overwhelming, so we put together a list of some of our favorite bonus room designations.

As you're reading, consider your space and how each option might work for you.

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Low-Cost Improvements You Can Make to a Starter Home

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Mar 21, 2019 10:20:32 AM

Buying your first house is an exciting time, but it can be difficult to decide just how to begin making the house your own—especially when you're on a tight budget. When it comes to home improvement, a little effort goes a long way in transforming your starter home into the one you always imagined.

Read on for room-by-room tips on how to get started making improvements on your first home.

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Beyond Rates: What Borrowers Are Looking for in a Home Loan

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Feb 28, 2019 3:01:14 PM

When it comes to home loans, interest rates are usually the first thing that people look for. However, there are a number of other factors to consider before locking in on a particular home loan option. What should borrowers be looking for in their mortgages?

Read on to learn which home loan elements to look for when buying a house.

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The First-Time Homebuyer's Guide to Mitchell

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Feb 13, 2019 9:31:55 AM

Considering a move to Mitchell, South Dakota? South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is here to assist you in your first-time homebuying journey to the state's sixth-largest city. Whether it's downpayment and closing-cost assistance or competitive rates, there's a lot to love as a first-time homebuyer.

Check out our first-time homebuying guide to Mitchell.

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The Guide to Address-Changing After a Move

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Feb 7, 2019 9:22:32 AM

Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a repeat homebuyer, there's a lot to think about when you're buying a new house. With so much to remember, it can be easy to let the simple things slip through the cracks, which is why a surprising number of people fail to properly update their address after moving. We want to help you with the process, so we put together a guide on what you need to do to effectively transition to your new home.

Read on to learn what you need to do to change your address after a move.

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4 Yard Maintenance Tasks Your City May Require of Homeowners

Posted by South Dakota Housing Authority on Jan 24, 2019 10:21:34 AM

Being a new homeowner comes with a lot of new lessons to learn about maintaining a property. While many internal decorating and maintenance decisions are left up to your discretion, your yard likely has to meet certain standards set by the city in which you live.

Here are four such standards that may be imposed upon your property.

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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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