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Staging your Home for Buyer Appeal and a Quicker Sale
By Kristi Cole
Every home seller wants to ensure they get top dollar when selling their home and get those offers rolling in quickly. Properly preparing or 'staging' your house before you list the house for sale Read more...

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Home Sauna Advantages
By Catherine Martinez
There is nothing as relaxing and rejuvenating as a sauna bath at the end of a vigorous workout or when you are back home after a strenuous day at work and a more strenuous drive on traffic-jammed Read more...
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Homeowners Insurance Coverage: Are You Really Protected?
By Joe Hanoa
Most homeowners think, or hope, that they have enough coverage on their homes to take care of just about any sort of contingency. However, waiting until a disaster strikes – like Hurricane Katrina – Read more...
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Tips To Stay Afloat With Refinancing A Home
By James Ellison
About three years ago, many people experienced a boom in the housing market which managed to stabilize about six months ago, leaving some homeowners in a difficult financial Read more...

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Attention First Time Homebuyers
By Candee Lynn Wilson
Attention First Time Homebuyers
Priced out of the market? Think again!

By Candee Lynn Wilson

In many real estate markets, especially along the East and West coasts, first time homebuyers are finding it harder and harder to purchase a home. As an exclusive buyers agent who works primarily with first time buyers, I have encountered the frustration of many buyers who couldn\'t find the \"home of their dreams\" at a price they could afford.

The key to their frustration is in the phrase, \"home of their dreams.\" Most first time buyers today want, at a minimum, a new or near new, single-family, 3-bedroom, 2-bath in move-in condition on a large lot in a good area of town. They want what their parents have, what their parents worked years to acquire. Sorry, kids, this type of isn\'t and never was a first time buyer home. This is a move-up for those who bought small 2-bedroom, 1-bath bungalows or attached housing when it was affordable. Unfortunately, even smaller homes are unaffordable to many first time buyers today, especially if they have additional debt such as car payments, student loans and credit card debt.

So what\'s a person to do to get into their first home?

1. Think older; think smaller. In the 1950\'s, hundreds of thousands of vets returning from World War II purchased their first homes

-- small, 2- and 3-bedroom, 1-bath homes that families of 4 and 5 lived in for many years before moving to a larger home, a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home. These small homes are still around and ideal for first time buyers to get their foot in the real estate door.

2. Think fixers. There are plenty of homes out there that can be purchased for below-market prices just because they need updating. They\'re perfectly livable and can be fixed up over time as the money permits.

3. Think shared housing. Compatible individuals who want to own a can start out as co-owners of a home. Two incomes may allow both to get their foot in the door of ownership that their individual incomes would not. Since this would be, more or less, a business arrangement, an agreement would have to be reached prior to purchase outlining each person’s responsibilities and obligations as well as the disposition of the property under certain described circumstances.

4. Think multi-family. A duplex or tri-plex allows you to live in one unit and rent out the other(s) to cover a greater part of the mortgage making owning more affordable.

5. Think manufactured homes. These aren\'t homes on wheels. Modern manufactured homes on their own land are spacious, well-built with all the desirable amenities, and affordable. FHA financing lets you get into these with as little as 3% down.

There\'s more than one way to open the front door to ownership if you stop dreaming and come down to earth. Everyone has to start somewhere, and that usually isn\'t at the top. Your first is just that -- A FIRST HOME. Statistics say you will own 5 homes in your lifetime. Some will own less; some will own more. However, if you wait to find the \"home of your dreams,\" you may never be able to afford a of your own.
Candee Lynn Wilson is an Exclusive Buyers Agent - www.PortlandBuyersAgent.com - and Internet entrepreneur in Portland, OR. She has been working with first time homebuyers for over 13 years. Her "saving" web sites, www.101WaysToSaveMoney.com and www.MySavingPlace.com are helping thousands of people overcome financial adversity.


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