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5 Things to Think About Before Starting a Hobby Farm

By Tim Coutis / October 30, 2019
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Rural living and hobby farming hold great appeal as alternative lifestyles. Growing your own food and raising livestock in a rural area can provide a much-needed escape from city living and the suburban sprawl. Is a hobby farm right for…

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How to Figure Out Whether You Qualify for a USDA Loan

By Jon Clark / October 28, 2019
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You might think that if you’re looking to buy a home, there are only two types of mortgages that you can get — either a conventional loan or an FHA loan. It makes sense that this might be your thinking,…

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9 Things People Love About Living in Rural Areas

By Tim Coutis / January 7, 2019
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From country mouse and city mouse to “Green Acres,” the debate over rural versus urban living goes all the way back to ancient Greece and Aesop’s fables. While personal preference and economics play a role in where we choose to…

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Is a USDA Loan Right for You? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

By Jon Clark / December 8, 2018
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After the housing crisis in 2008, mortgage underwriting guidelines changed dramatically, which has made it increasingly more and more difficult for many people to get loan approvals. Prior to this, it was quite common for homebuyers to finance 100% of…

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What Is a USDA Loan?

By Tim Coutis / May 18, 2018
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One government-backed loan that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but features a number of great benefits, is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Guaranteed Home Loan. According to their website, the USDA provides approved lenders a…

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