Navigating through National Moving Month

Each May, we observe National Moving Month to recognize the influx of activity on the housing market. Americans normally look to the springtime to pick up their roots and find that the warmer weather creates an easier and more pleasant time to move and settle into a new community. Finding the right home can often be a challenging decision, but navigating the varying benefits in buying versus renting, along with tax benefits and other housing benefits can add to the complexity. For this reason, provides a list of housing programs offered by the government to address your housing questions and needs.

If you are looking to buy a home but aren’t sure where to start, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a helpful list of steps to take throughout the home-buying process:

  1. Make a budget based on what you can realistically afford.
  2. Know your rights for borrowing and fair housing.
  3. Shop for a loan and learn about interest rates.
  4. Learn about home buying programs in your state or other specific programs.
  5. Shop for a home by starting with a helpful wish list.
  6. Make an offer on the home you love.
  7. Get a home inspection for your protection.
  8. Shop for homeowners insurance.
  9. Sign the papers after fully reading and preparing for the close.

You can find the complete list of home buying suggestions from HUD on their resources page or contact the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for help.

If you are deciding between buying and renting a home, offers advantages and considerations for both options. also contains information on housing benefit programs  including, Rural Rental AssistanceRural Housing: Housing Repair Loans and Grants, and the Housing Choice Voucher Program. These housing programs can provide assistance to very low-income families in finding a safe and healthy living space.

Through appropriate planning, research, and exploration of resources available on, we are confident that your buying and renting experience during National Moving Month will be an enjoyable one!

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