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3 Professionals That a First-Time Homebuyer Should Know

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The Three Professionals That All First-Time Homebuyers Need to Know When it’s time to start seriously searching for a home, the process can sometimes feel overwhelming, making it difficult to know where to start. Having an advocate in your corner can clear away the confusion, but having three on your side can free you from worry and give you the peace of mind you need to make the right decisions.   Choosing the right real estate agent, home inspector, and closing agent is key to owning a house free of any defects, including title defects, defects with the condition of the property and...

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FHA Loans: What All First-Time Homebuyers Need to Do First

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FHA Loans: What All First-Time Homebuyers Should Know Before Purchasing FHA-insured loans have helped many traditionally high-risk borrowers realize the dream of home ownership, but it’s important to note the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) does not issue mortgages; rather, it insures them. The loans must originate from qualified lenders who have been approved by the FHA. The insurance provided by the federal government lessens the risk for lenders and makes it possible for individuals to purchase a home without making a cost-prohibitive down payment. While the program is designed to provide assistance to help people reach their goal of home ownership, there...

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10 Tips to Keep in Mind When Buying Your First Home

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What to Keep in Mind When Buying Your First Home   A checklist of steps to take and information to know before you buy your first home. Before looking at some helpful tips for first-time homebuyers, let’s look at who qualifies. Naturally, people who have never owned a house meet the criteria, but under Federal Housing Administration (FHA) guidelines, which uses the Internal Revenue Service’s definition, a first-time homebuyer is anyone who has not owned a principal property in the past three years. This means even if you have owned multiple homes or have dealt with foreclosure, you can still qualify for many...

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How First-Time Homebuyers Can Get the Most out of HUD

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Using HUD as a resource and understanding what the department can and cannot do for you. Choosing to purchase a home is both a complicated and intimidating decision, filled with questions that continue to build throughout the process. This is particularly true for a first-time homebuyer. Where do you go? What do you ask? Why isn’t this easier? It can be a lot to sift through. The good news, however, is that help is available. The federal government has an established resource, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which can not only help answer most of your questions, but also...

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