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Buying a Home

Thanks to the Internet, being an informed home buyer has never been easier. No longer are buyers completely dependent upon real estate agents and mortgage lenders when it comes to gathering information. House listings are readily available online, as are interactive tools that can estimate mortgage payments and percentage rates. If you have never bought a home before, you can find step-by-step guides to the process online. Even seasoned real estate investors can turn to the Web for news and advice, as the market is constantly evolving. Whatever your needs, the Internet is an invaluable source of information for buying a house.

Rent or Buy?

The purchase of a home is likely the single largest transaction you will ever make. If you're ... read more »

Where to Live

Finding the right neighborhood can be just as important as finding the right home. Maybe you’re looking for a city of a certain size, or with a particular climate, or a low crime rate, or good schools. No matter which factors are most important to you, we’ve found Web sites that can give you all the details you need.

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  • Most cities have their own Web sites that provide basic statistics and news. It may seem intuitive to add “.gov” to the name of your city to find its official Web site but that won’t work for most cities, as many of them have somewhat complicated Web addresses that include their state abbreviation as well. If you don’t know the Web address, you’re usually better off using a search engine.
  • Read a local paper to see what’s going on in the town or neighborhood where you are interested in moving. Most papers are available online (even the low-budget weeklies). If you're not sure of a newspaper’s Web address, the U.S. Newspaper List is a good place to look.

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Choosing a Home

As your hunting begins, you will soon find that there is no shortage of properties for sale. While ... read more »

Find Homes for Sale

There was a time when the only way to find homes for sale was through newspapers or signs in ... read more »

Find Real Estate Brokers

Whether you hire a broker to help you purchase a home is a personal decision. Some people feel ... read more »

Home Inspections and Homeowners Insurance

Now that you've found a home you like, it's time to do a little more sleuthing. As soon as possible ... read more »

Negotiating Home Prices

Negotiating the price of a home requires the same level of research and preparation you've put into ... read more »

Home Mortgages

The process of obtaining a home loan can be arduous and confusing if you're not prepared before you ... read more »

Closing Process

The day you close on your new home can be a very exciting one but if you want it to go smoothly ... read more »

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