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What is a Real Estate Comp and Should First-Time Homebuyers Get One? - black couple, real estate agent, forms, paperwork, phone

What's a Real Estate Comp List, and How Can It Help First-Time Homebuyers?

When you buy a home, how do you know what's a fair price? A home inspection can tell you if there are structural issues and a bank can tell you if...

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How TruePath Mortgage Increases Homeownership Opportunities

The path to homeownership is full of obstacles. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity helps make those obstacles easier to navigate, and TruePath Mortgage...

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Paycheck to Payments: Budgeting a Monthly Mortgage Based on Income

Before you buy a new home, the first thing you should do is determine what you can afford. Experts recommend that you spend no more than 30% of your...

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The Questions Your Realtor Can't Answer and Why

When you're looking at homes, you want a REALTOR® who can help you make the right choice. But there are certain kinds of information your Realtor...

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When can a home be considered affordable?

Across the housing industry, and within our own homeownership program, the rule of 30% has long been the standard in determining whether or not a...

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6 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score Before Your First Home Mortgage

Whether you’re actively searching or simply thinking about starting to look for a home, you can put this time to good use by trying to improve your...

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What to Expect from the Twin Cities Housing Market in 2021

2020 was challenging, to say the least, and the Twin Cities housing market changed rapidly to keep up. While the world navigates an ever-evolving...

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9 Home Inspection Issues That Can Be Deal-Breakers

Before buying a house, every person needs to have a home inspection. The professional who looks over the house will likely find minor concerns with...

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Five Things to Consider When Choosing a Mortgage Lender

Whether you’re buying your first home or your third, chances are you’ll find yourself looking for a mortgage lender. Since the average U.S. homebuyer...

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Where Should I Live? 6 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Neighborhood

Buying a house is a very exciting experience and you’re probably eager to get the process started. You may even already have a jumpstart on what...

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