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5 Tips for Easier Mortgage Financing Through a USDA Home Loan

The USDA Rural Development loan is one of the best-kept secrets in the mortgage financing world. Participating in the program is a great option for first time homebuyers, lower income families, or anyone looking for a less expensive option for a new place to live.


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Famous for its straight, rectilinear lines, use of concrete and steel, and spartan interior with minimal embellishment, the Bauhaus architectural style created Modern architecture as we know it. These buildings do seem to favor function over fashion, but to some, that’s what makes them so great. Do you agree?

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Influenced by French-speaking Canadian immigrants as well as Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean traders, the U.S. coastal section along the Gulf of Mexico features a number of intriguing vernacular, classical, and contemporary house forms. Here’s a guide to Gulf Coast residential styles from the late-18th century to the present.

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New-construction bathrooms are not simply chasing trends for the sake of it. Instead, new builds are improving on years of solid design work while not completely reinventing the wheel. Materials are chosen for fashion, function, eco-friendliness, and durability. This ensures that new bathrooms stay fresh for longer but cost less.

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With its ornamental turrets and towers, steeply pitched roofs, decorative trim, wrap-around porches, and elaborate spindles, the Queen Anne style paints a dazzling, picturesque – and complex – architectural design. Known in the United States as Queen Anne Revival, the style combines forms and features from the Tudor, Gothic, and Elizabethan periods.

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Whether it’s quaint vernacular architecture, historic plantations, stately Colonials and Georgians, Craftsman and Art Deco styles, bungalows, or Modern designs, North Carolina features a fascinating eclectic mix of residential designs as varied as its climate and geography. Take look at this guide to the rich architectural styles of North Carolina homes.

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An intriguing architectural style, the shotgun design was brought to Louisiana by West African and Haitian immigrants in the 1800s. Its narrow rectangular footprint – with rooms lined up one behind the other – makes it easy to pinpoint in any neighborhood. Explore this house style that’s so immersed in the culture of the South.

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From Chattanooga to Knoxville to Nashville, Tennessee is filled with grand mansions, Colonials, Farmhouses, and other charming homes. But before these architectural designs came, the landscape was lined with simple and really ordinary homes built by homesteaders in what is called vernacular architecture, or common folk interpretations of established styles. Read on to learn more.

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Choosing every little detail during new-home construction can be overwhelming. Whether you don’t know where to get started or need help wading through the million choices it seems you need to make, here’s some expert advice on overcoming perfectionism and getting things done in a timely manner.

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If you want charm, character, warmth, and an Old World feel in your dream home, look no further than the California Mission or Mission Revival/Spanish Revival Style. Typically with red tile roof, bell tower, parapet, and arched doors and windows, the style celebrates the architecture of 19th century Spanish settlers. Here’s a close look.

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Are you planning to build a home that’s over 5,000 square feet? You’re in for an adventure. Here, we’ll cover the main pros, cons, layouts, and features of homes this big and larger, so you know exactly what to expect throughout the entire process.

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