Homebuilders entice renters by streamlining buying process

Posted: June 26, 2014 at 2:33 a.m.

Cheryl Pate-Yow rushed to LGI Homes Inc.'s sales office south of Houston the day after receiving a mailer that said she could own a new home for $689 a month, only $24 more than rent on her one-bedroom apartment.

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