How To Tell If A Home Has Been Well-Maintained

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As a homebuyer, your real estate agent will do their best bring you to see homes that meet the criteria you asked for. However, there's no guarantee that a home will have a history of being properly cared for. Your real estate agent can choose the homes you see, but they have no control over the property owner's homeownership habits. Why Home Maintenance Matters Home maintenance should matter to you as a homebuyer and later on as a homeowner. A home needs consistent and proper maintenance in order to run efficiently, and that doesn't only apply to moving parts like…
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Loan Programs For Lower Income Buyers

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Owning a home may be the American dream, but for many who are in a lower income bracket, finding a loan can become challenging. Thankfully, there are several loan programs that can work well for lower income people considering homeownership. Here's a closer look at some of these home loans designed to help people who have a low-to-moderate income find a way to buy a home. FHA Home Loans FHA home loans are loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. Lenders are more likely to lend to "higher risk" borrowers through the FHA loan program because the loans have the…
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What is Owner Financing When Buying A Home?

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There are many options when it comes to taking out a loan on a new home. One of the options that people might have heard about is called owner financing. In general, the property owner takes the place of a traditional lender. Instead of someone taking out of a loan from a bank or a credit union, they take out a loan from the owner of the property. Similar to a traditional loan, the buyer will make payments to the seller over a period of time with a certain interest rate. The Structure Of Owner Financing If someone elects to…
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