In this digital age, the savvy homebuyer stays plugged into resources that will help him make the best decisions when house-hunting. Working with a realtor will alleviate a lot of stress and frustration, but there is nothing wrong with educating yourself. Here are a handful of useful websites designed to prepare you for purchasing a home, but don’t forget—none of the advice listed on these websites are meant to replace a realtor’s expertise regarding the local market.
Movoto – The place to find homes for sale, a plethora of neighborhood, school, and market statistics, as well as demographics; also the best place to find an agent who ranks within the top 5% in the local area.
U.S. Department of Urban Housing and Development (HUD) – A good source for the rules and regulations when buying and financing a home.
Internal Revenue Services (IRS) - Use this site to keep up on the latest developments in tax credits and federal assistance.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Stay informed about the likelihood of natural disasters in the region which may affect the home you purchase.
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)- An excellent source of national economic statistics to determine the economic health of a particular area.
HSH Associates, Financial Publishers– All you ever needed to know about loans and mortgages from a generally un-biased source.