7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying My First House

After a decade of apartment living, my husband and I finally saved up enough money to buy our first home last year. We did our due diligence—checked our credit, got pre-approved, found a realtor we loved—and then on the first weekend of open houses, made an offer. Sounds straightforward, right? Not quite. The entire process was actually much more complicated and stressful than I expected, despite having our ducks in a row beforehand, and we spent most of the time Googling unfamiliar phrases or asking our agent a million questions. Here are seven things I wish I had known before becoming a first-time home buyer.

1. Shopping around for a mortgage lender is kind of like speed dating.

One thing I didn’t realize about mortgage rates? You have to visit quite a few lenders in order to find the best one, and each conversation is basically like, “Show me what

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Air Force Settles $25 Million Lawsuit for F-16 Strafing Run That Killed Contractor

Editor’s Note: Randi McGinn, the family’s lawyer, told Military.com on Friday that the family has settled for an undisclosed amount less than $25 million. “$25 million was the initial demand, but the case was never settled for what the demand was,” McGinn said in a phone call, but would not disclose the new amount, citing family privacy. “They have enough to take care of them for the rest of their lives,” she added. The article and headline have been updated to reflect this new reporting.

A district judge ruled this week ruled that the U.S. Air Force was responsible for the death of a U.S. contractor accidentally killed during a live-fire training exercise.

Charles Holbrook, a retired master sergeant and former Tactical Air Control Party airman, died Jan. 31, 2017, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, after an F-16 Fighting Falcon student pilot incorrectly identified the target location during

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Family of contractor killed in F-16 strafing accident will get payout in settlement with Air Force

The family of a contractor who was killed in a strafing accident during a 2017 Air Force training exercise has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the service.

Charles Holbrook, a retired Air Force master sergeant and tactical air control party airman, was fatally shot Jan. 31, 2017, at the White Sands Missile Range near Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. An F-16 Fighting Falcon, flown by a student pilot on a nighttime training mission, mistook a row of rental cars in an observation area for the target and fired on them.

Holbrook was struck in the head with a 20mm round at about 7:18 p.m. and died an hour and a half later at the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

His wife of more than 22 years, Belen, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Air Force and two unidentified F-16

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