Kristen Haseney


What Is the Median Down Payment by State in 2024?

This Old House asks:
What advice do you have for first-time homebuyers looking to save for a down payment?

Save as much as you can, and if you have the ability to, try to save for paying closing costs, too, Check to see if your state offers a first-time homebuyers savings account program. Some states offer special savings accounts to help first-time homebuyers which may provide a state tax benefit for money deposited up to a certain limit. You will be held to any requirements and restrictions under the program, so be sure to check on what those are first. You can also check with your local Housing Finance Authority to see if they have downpayment assistance or other programs to help you obtain a loan or purchase a home. Both usa.gov and hud.gov have information on homebuying and in particular, resources for first-time homebuyers, including links to resources available by state.

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Ask the Experts – 2023’s Best & Worst Places to Rent in America

Wallethub – We ask Kristin Haseney: What tips do you have for a person looking to get the best value in an apartment?

Go to the property and see it for yourself whenever possible. Pictures and videos are great, but an in-person visit or tour will let you get a feel for the amount of space and any amenities that come with it.

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Nine ‘Enthusiastic, Well Qualified’ Faculty Join School for Fall 2022

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The School of Business is welcoming nine new faculty members this semester, continuing a trend of successful recruiting. Many of the new hires already have strong research accomplishments and awards for teaching excellence.Continue Reading