The sellers haven’t completed the agreed-upon repairs in a timely fashion, but are in a hurry to close. What should a buyer do?

A desperate reader, whose lease is up and apartment is already rented, could be left homeless if she doesn’t close on her home, but if she does go ahead and close, the repairs that the seller promised to do won’t be completed. Her Realtor said he’s willing to include the cost of repairs in the contract so that they can close, but the buyer wants to make sure that they’re protected, should the seller be reluctant to complete the repairs despite the contract. What should she do?

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Even amid growing concerns over affordability and inventory, Dallas-area small- and mid-sized cities remain some of the hottest in the country for first-time buyers. Just this week, McKinney, Frisco, and Allen took top honors in a new study by WalletHub, making them the three best housing markets in the United States for new homebuyers. Richardson came in not too far down the list at No. 7. Not too shabby!

As for large cities (populations over 300,000), Dallas itself didn’t quite crack the top 20 (it’s still a respectable number 26). But Forth Worth represents at No. 5. Stick around after the jump to see what criteria makes a city most appealing. Visit here to see if your city made the list.

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Moving might be the least of your worries if you're a first-time homebuyer in today's housing market.

Moving might be the least of your worries if you’re a first-time homebuyer in today’s housing market.

Every homebuyer faces a few hurdles along the way, but first-time buyers seem to have the most. Their inexperience, combined with a crowded market and sometimes time-consuming mortgage process, can make homebuying significantly more difficult for these new buyers.

Fortunately, if you’re a first-time homebuyer, the process can go smoothly. Simply study up on the all-too-common hurdles below and be prepared for the road ahead. You’ll find the perfect home in no time.

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