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Common Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make — And How to Avoid Them

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When it comes to firsts, buying a home for the first time can be one of the most exciting, intimidating and overwhelming experiences for many buyers.

Most first-time homebuyers are not equipped to go through the process alone and even when they have help, there are common mistakes that they make time and again. Here is your list of important information to know as a first-time homebuyer. Understand and avoid typical pitfalls of buying your first home, such as:

*Not inspecting your new home
*Only shopping for used homes
*Buying a home that isn’t in a great school district 
*Not having a complete picture of your finances
*Getting so stressed you stop shopping for you home READ MORE

Weird — But Common — Questions About Shopping for a New Home

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As soon as you begin the new-home shopping process, a whirlwind of questions are bound to flood your brain, especially if you’re a first-time buyer.

Don’t worry, it’s only natural; buying a new home can take a while and there are many weird yet important questions that may enter your mind as you walk the path to your dream home.

There’s no question too weird or too personal when it comes to buying a home, so don’t be afraid to ask. To help you out, we compiled a list of common questions — and answers — that may pop up during the process." READ MORE

When Renting Costs More Than Homeownership

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In a world of rising rent costs and record low mortgage rates, one might think homeownership is the way to go.
In certain markets, it’s actually possible that the costs of homeownership are well below your monthly rent payment, which for many renters has surpassed half their income. Might make you think twice about living in that tiny apartment space, right?

If so, it might be time to speak to a real estate expert. Before you go out and make an appointment yourself, here are a few professional tips that can help you figure out what to do when renting costs more than homeownership READ MORE

The Best Home Option for You: New, Resale or Rental?

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If you are a first-time homebuyer who's ready to settle down in a place for a few years, buying a home could be the best and most important investment you could make. READ MORE

How to Read a Floor Plan

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When shopping for a new home, you’ve likely collected a number of project brochures, each with four or more available floor plans.

Making sense of this collection of floor plans to find those that best fit your needs and desires can be a daunting task.

To make it easier to envision your new home from the perspective of a floor plan, we asked for advice from Steve Moore, senior partner in BSB Design, Inc., in West Des Moines, Iowa. With eight offices nationwide, BSB has been a pioneer in residential home space design since 1965. Moore suggests re-visiting each model home on paper with the following in mind to make the process easier: READ MORE

Home Upgrades that Pay Off

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A surprisingly large amount of the money you spend on your new home will be determined by the options and choices you make — and those options are forever changing.

For example, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, both considered pricey upgrades for years, are now standard in most new homes. However, going with the most common (or lowest) denominator is not always the best way to save — or spend — your dollars. For maximum functionality and a healthy return on investment, consider the following upgrades for your new home: READ MORE

Homemade Mother's Day Gifts

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Show Mom how much you care with a Mother's Day gift from the heart. Take a look at these fun craft ideas that will make your Mom's day special! READ MORE

Home Building Process Step-by-Step Guide

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Are you wondering how the construction process works while building a new home?

Building your new home is exciting, especially when you understand how the process works. To help you prepare for and understand your new home’s construction, this article outlines the typical steps your builder will take in the construction of a home and will help keep you abreast of what happens at key stages. READ MORE