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20 Creative Ways First-Time Buyers Can Save for a Down Payment

Planning to purchase your first home? If you’re a first-time buyer, it can be challenging to save up for a down payment. But there’s good news: With some advance planning, a few creative ways to increase income and a little belt tightening, you can be well on your way.
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November 2018   By Robyn A. Friedman

How Much Does it Cost to Build a House?

Building a home is an exciting journey – with a rewarding outcome. But, first you have to understand how much it costs to build a home. This article will help you understand the costs of building a new home and how that compares with the cost of buying and updating a resale home.
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July 2017   By Roy Diez

Map of the median cost per square foot a new home in the U.S. by region, based on 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data

How Much Does It Cost Per Square Foot to Build a New House?

The cost per square foot to build a house varies throughout the country and depends on factors such as cost of materials and labor. As it turns out, the average cost to build a home in the United States is less than $90. Here’s more on how much it costs to build a new home per square foot.
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January 2018   By Roy Diez

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Who Qualifies as a First-Time Homebuyer?

Wondering if you qualify as a first-time homebuyer? It turns out you don’t always have to be a new homebuyer to qualify for down payment assistance programs.
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June 2017   By Drew Knight

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Three Little Numbers: Your Credit Score and Why It Matters

Three little numbers — your credit score — determine whether you can obtain that new home mortgage, how much you can borrow, and what interest rate you'll pay. Here's what you need to know to obtain, manage and even improve your credit score.
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June 2017   By Jay McKenzie

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Home Shopping? Get Preapproved First

Chances are, you may have received a pre-approval or pre-qualification letter from a lender. What’s the difference — and how do they affect your chances of securing a home loan? A mortgage expert has the answers to these questions and more.
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June 2017   By Lew Sichelman

Getting a Mortgage with Student Loan Debt

With higher rents and lower mortgage rates, some renters may be considering breaking their lease early to buy a home, but what are the consequences of doing so? Learn how to work with your landlord to get out of your lease and moving forward into a new home.
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August 2017   By Michele Lerner

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Understanding the New Home Financing Process

For the first-time homebuyer, the process of financing a new home can be puzzling. Knowing how to prepare for this process, the different home loan options available and how to secure a home loan can help fit the pieces together.
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June 2017   By Amy Olivarez

First-Time Homebuyers Have Access to Many Downpayment Assistance Resources

Not having a typical downpayment for a home doesn’t have to stop you from entering the housing market. Numerous downpayment assistance programs are available for first-time homebuyers. Here’s what you should know about these resources:
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July 2018   By Lew Sichelman

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Here’s What to Do — And What Not to Do — When Buying a New Home

Getting approved for a home loan is a process that involves planning and a good understanding of your credit. Here are some things to do when buying a new home — and some things not to do so that you won’t risk approval of your home loan.
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February 2018   By Sue Durio