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First Time Home Buyers 6 MIN READ

Indiana First-Time Home Buyer Programs and Grants of 2021

Key takeaways:  Down payment grants cover up to 3.5% of your home purchase.  Special tax credits allow you to save every year.  Federal programs give you access to flexible credit score requirements and, in some cases, 100% financing.  If you’re a first-time homebuyer, the state of Indiana has special programs to help you purchase your […]
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First Time Home Buyers 6 MIN READ

Minnesota First-Time Home Buyer Programs and grants of 2021

Key Takeaways: First-time home buyers in Minnesota can a get fixed, low interest rate mortgage with as little as 3% down payment. Help is available to cover down payments and closing costs, in the form of a low interest rate loan which may not require monthly payments. Dakota County also offers a special first-time buyer […]
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Mobile Home Renovation

Key Takeaways: Before you make cosmetic changes to the design of your mobile home, you should start by checking for signs of water damage and insulation issues. Older model mobile homes have windows and roofs that may need replacing, but these improvements can be made more easily and for less money than in traditional homes.   […]
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First Time Home Buyers 6 MIN READ

New Hampshire First-Time Home Buyer Programs and Grants of 2021

Key Takeaways: First-time home buyers in New Hampshire can get free cash assistance to cover closing costs and down payment – up to 3% of their home loan cost. Other programs like the Homebuyer Preferred Mortgage offer 97% financing (only 3% down payment) with additional cash assistance. Up to $2,000 in tax credits are available […]
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Selling your Home: What Updates Do Buyers Look For?

Key takeaways:  On average, sellers make two home improvements prior to selling their homes.  Research shows that even a small kitchen remodel can provide you with an 80% return on investment. Refinishing a basement provides a high ROI, especially in Pacific regions.  A National Association of Home Builders survey found that energy-efficient windows are ranked […]
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Checklist for First-Time Home Buyers

Key takeaways: The best first step in buying your home is to understand how much you can afford.  A bank will use a debt-to-income ratio to determine your mortgage amount. Consider paying down current debt to improve your ratio.  First-time homebuyer programs could give you access to lower interest rates and down payment assistance.  You’ve […]
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