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5 Tips to Help First-Time Homebuyers Get Ahead

5 Tips to Help First-Time Homebuyers Get Ahead

1st Securities

Thinking about buying a house? First-time homebuyers face a daunting task when it comes financing their starter homes. Here are some tips to help the process run smoothly.

1. Start Planning Early

Don't wait until your lease is up to decide whether you plan on buying a home. A person's home is often the single largest asset he or she owns. And that takes time to put together....

Mortgage

Single-Family Housing Starts Highest Since Late 2007

Tom Oslund

Nationwide housing starts rose 3% in February from an upwardly revised January reading to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.288 million units, according to newly released data from HUD and the Commerce Department.

Single-family production increased 6.5% to 872,000 units — its highest reading in nearly a decade — while multifamily starts fell 3.7% to 416,000 units.

“This...

What To Do Before Applying for Mortgage First Approval

What To Do Before Applying for Mortgage First Approval

1st Securities

Getting Mortgage First approval is the first formal step toward buying a home. But there are plenty of things you can do to be ready even before you complete an application. By being prepared before you talk to a mortgage loan officer, you can make the process faster and easier.

Look At Your Credit History

Your credit score can significantly affect the interest rates available...

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