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One of the perks of owning your own home is making it your own. Home rehab and choosing which projects you want to do is half the fun, yet it still pays to make smart decisions. Many home renovations can add value to your home and increase its resale value. Others may not change the value all that much, yet they're still worthwhile because they give your home that personal feel. 

But beware, some home rehab projects can actually decrease both your home’s curb appeal resale value. Let's take a look at ten home improvement projects you should absolutely avoid, no matter how tempting they may sound. 

Many first-time buyers haven’t even heard of private mortgage insurance (or PMI for short). What is private mortgage insurance? What is it used for? Do you have to have it? These are common questions from first-time homebuyers. So, if you don't know what PMI is, don't worry. We know all about private mortgage insurance and we're here to help.

Here's everything you need to know about private mortgage insurance.

Here at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, we’re gearing up for the party of the year! The 2019 Hard Hat & Black Tie Gala is on Saturday, May 4 at Hilton-Minneapolis. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Hard Hat, we want this to be the most successful event ever by raising $1,000,000! Every year the auction is a highlight of the event and this year is no different. With the help of numerous generous donors, we’ve gathered fabulous live and silent auction items. Check out this live auction preview of what we have in store so you can get ready to start bidding!

So, you just became a real estate agent. Congratulations!

Now what?

The real estate industry is fun, challenging, and fulfilling. It requires hard work, patience, and a drive to succeed. And done right, it can be a rewarding career both personally and financially. Getting started sounds simple: just attract and keep new house listings. But first, you need to have a solid foundation.

If you read our blogs frequently, you know that being an AmeriCorps member with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is a great experience. Many past and current members have fond memories of their time serving. More memories were made when AmeriCorps alumni members gathered for a reunion build in the middle of winter - facing cold, snow, and ice to build at our Whitall location.

Searching for your first home is so exciting, but it can also be a little overwhelming, especially if you're not sure what you want. The best thing you can do to find the right home is create a house hunting checklist to narrow down your search. Of course, you want to identify how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need, but we're talking about things like school district, neighborhood, crime rating, etc. 

Before working with a realtor, here are four tips to narrow your search for your online house hunting checklist.

Have you heard about Twin Cities Habitat's Multiplying the Impact five-year fundraising campaign? It's all about folks like you in the Twin Cities coming together to more than double the Habitat homeownership opportunities—from about 50 to over 100 each year.

Join the movement. Help us multiply the impact. Give and take action today.

What will it take? All of us coming together, digging deep, and giving what we can. And there's so many ways you can get involved and make a difference. Attending a Habitat event is a great way to build stable, affordable homes for local families. (And, if I do say so myself, attending an event is perhaps the most fun way way to give back.)

The process of buying your first home is exciting. It’s also complicated. But a good REALTOR® can guide you every step of the way to help you understand the process. By interviewing at least three real estate agents, you’ll have a better chance of finding the right one for you. This will give you confidence throughout the rest of your homebuying experience.

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