A Buyer's Web Guide

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Buying a home is exciting, potentially nausea-inducing, and a definitive right of passage into adulthood. Get ready to talk interest rates around the water cooler and complain about that leak in the bedroom ceiling. Start exercising your pen hand, so you can sign a forest of forms after you check out the sites below to get a solid foundation of home-buying knowledge.
100 Questions for the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Buying a home is exciting, potentially nausea-inducing, and a definitive right of passage into adulthood. Get ready to talk interest rates around the water cooler and complain about that leak in the bedroom ceiling. Start exercising your pen hand, so you can sign a forest of forms after you check out the sites below to get a solid foundation of home-buying knowledge.

100 Questions for the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Cut through the red tape with an extensive question-and-answer page from HUD that covers loan programs, financing, and insurance.

Our Family Place Homebuyer’s Information Center

This site is helpful for understanding the mountains of forms you will sign as a first time homebuyer and what should/shouldn’t be included. Watch as legalese is broken down into checklists right before your eyes. Sign up for the monthly newsletter about buying a home.

Bankrate.com’s Mortgage Calculator

A mortgage calculator gives you an idea of just how much house you can afford. This calculator can also be customized to give you rates from local lenders and steer you towards the type that makes the most sense for your financial situation.

Get Rich Slowly: Buying A Home

This seven-part series followed a couple in the fall of 2006 as they searched, considered, and finally closed on their first home in Seattle. Whether stress manifests as a pit in your stomach or hands that shake with nervous energy, it’s easy to sympathize with this couple as their emotions swing with every new development in the hunt for a home.

Move.com’s 10 Biggest Home-buying Mistakes

You don’t know what to do until you’ve figured out what you’re doing wrong. Thankfully, you can find out some of the larger mistakes to avoid from homebuilder David Weekley. Here’s another tip: don’t blurt out, ‘We have to have this house,’ at any point in the process.

Doityourself.com’s Closing on a Home

You’re almost across the finish line, but one hurdle remains- closing on a house. In the final stage of a home buying contract; there are costs, questions, and a transaction details that you need to address.

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