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How Much House Can I Afford?

So, you’re looking for a new place? Buying a new home can be a lot of fun; all those years of hard work, saving and research are finally coming to fruition. You know that you’re going to buy a house soon, but do you know how much of a house? It’s easy to get wrapped up in the thrill of purchasing a new house…but be sure to stop and think about this important question.

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5 Tips for Finding the Right Home

House hunting isn’t your everyday shopping experience. While it’s more exciting than window shopping or trying on new clothes, finding the right home takes a lot more research and commitment.

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Your First Home

Owning a home has always been a big part of the American Dream, and that dream is still very much alive today. There are plenty of benefits to owning a home including: increased freedom, stability and privacy. It’s important to make the most of homes, and after you’ve secured a home of your own, you’ll want to be sure you do everything you can to maximize that ownership.

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What to Look for in an Affordable Home

Quality and price have a unique relationship, and they don’t always correlate. Sometimes, especially when searching for a home, it’s difficult to determine what’s worth it and what isn’t. A cheap home doesn’t necessarily mean it’s affordable. If a house is cheap, it’s generally for a reason. There may be serious renovations that need to be dealt with or a history of damage or crime that you may not know about. Do your research and shop smart before you put down that downpayment.

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How to Be a Homeowner in the Wintertime

When it comes to being a homeowner, there are lots of feelings you may experience over the years. Homeownership is part of the American dream to many, but with that comes certain responsibilities—especially in the wintertime. Winters in South Dakota are all too familiar for some of us, but it's always a good reminder that winter requires some extra attention. Preparing for the long winter months can help you avoid costly problems. 

Get your house winter-ready with these handy tips!

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3 Steps to Keep Your Heating Bills Low During the Cold Months

There are few better feelings than curling up under a blanket on the couch while the snow and wind whip outside. To be carefree of the weather is a not-so-small luxury everyone should enjoy. No one likes living in a cold house during the winter. Winter is gloomy as it is, but sometimes high heating bills can make you second-guess turning up the thermostat.

Follow these three steps, and keep your heating bill low this winter.

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How to Stage Your Home for Selling: 6 Easy Tips to Try

For some people, seeing a blank canvas is exciting. There are so many creative opportunities to take, and the possibilities are endless. When real estate agents and homeowners show houses, they typically want to make it look as homey and inviting as possible. When you leave a house bare, there’s no opportunity to show all its capabilities and possibilities. That’s where home staging comes in.

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4 Considerations When Adding on a Deck or Porch

Porches and decks are ingrained into American culture, and they’ve been a huge part of our pastimes. Decks bring up memories of the summertime and grilling. They’re a sociable home addition, not only offering a purpose, but also increasing your house’s outside appeal. Decks and porches can add a touch of personality to any front or backyard.

Consider these guidelines if you're planning to add a deck or porch to your home.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe and Secure

No matter your living situation, homes big and small contain valuable belongings worthy of an added level of security. There are some small ways you can better protect your property.

Here are five tips for keeping your home safe and secure.

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The First-Time Homebuyer's Guide to Yankton

If you're considering a move to the southern city of Yankton, South Dakota, you have options when it comes to first-time homebuying. South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) can assist future homeowners in finding the perfect space in the state's seventh-largest city. From downpayment and closing-cost assistance to competitive interest rates, there is much to consider.

Check out our first-time homebuying guide to Yankton.

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