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An FHA loan can clear the path for first-time homebuyers, as long as they’re willing to jump through a few hoops

FHA loans can be great for borrowers with a small down payment or poor credit, but they do require an extra fee every month.
If you're spending more than 30% of your income on rent, consider a move to one of these cities.

11 questions you should ask the owners of the home you’re buying while you have the chance

We asked real estate agents to list the most pressing questions you should ask the owners of the home you're buying.
Columbia, South Carolina.

16 US cities where a typical family can afford a home

Home prices are rising faster than incomes. These 16 US cities are still affordable for homebuyers, based on their low home cost-to-income ratios.

7 things I wish I knew before buying a house

Buying a house can be tedious an painful, and homeownership can be much more expensive than you expect.
Young people, the target market for starter homes, are not buying starter homes at the same rates as past generations.

The rise and fall of the starter home — why millennials are choosing to rent instead of own

The cost of buying a starter home is on the rise, and many millennials are choosing to rent instead.

Here’s exactly how much you should keep in a home repair fund, because owning a home is always more expensive than you think

Before buying a home, it's easy to think of rent checks as your only housing expense. But once you own it, there are many more costs to plan for.
First-time homeowners are most at risk of overpaying on their house.

The biggest signs you’re overpaying on a house — and 5 ways to avoid it

First-time homebuyers are more likely to overpay on their house. Here are the warning signs to avoid overpaying.
Research showed that 67% of markets require workers to turn over more than 30% of their annualized weekly wages in order to buy a home.

Here are the US counties where people earning average incomes can’t afford mid-priced homes — and where they can

In many major US cities, median-priced homes are still not affordable for workers making the average wage.
Too many clients make lowball offers that offend the seller of the home.

The 13 biggest mistakes people make when buying a home, according to real-estate agents

Common mistakes people make when buying a home include making lowball offers and holding out too long for the "perfect" home.
Kate Dore, with her home in Nashville, Tennessee.

10 years after I bought my house, I spent over $21,000 for updates and repairs. Here are 6 expenses I never saw coming.

After 10 years in the house, she had to take on projects including replacing the roof and gutters, repairing a ceiling, and adding insulation.