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How Ready Are You to Buy a Home?

Determining Your Dream Home and Finding It!

Factory Built Homes Are Worth a Look

Purchase Manufactured Homes with FHA Loan

How to Buy a Foreclosed Home

Pros and Cons of Corner Lots

Know the Neighborhood Before You Buy

Tune in to an Open House on the Radio

Finding a Qualified Broker or Agent

Shopping for a Loan and Choosing a Lender

How to Improve Your Credit

How to Survive the Loan Application Process

Making an Offer and Signing Contracts

Cancel Your Contract in 3 Days

Understanding the Closing/Settlement Process

Choosing Home Inspection and Settlement Professionals

Double Check Your New Home - The Walkthrough

Know Your Consumer Rights

Seniors Have Many Housing Opportunities

Preparing for the Big Day -- Relocating Moving

Make Your Home Your Castle - Cost Effective Redecorating Ideas


Research Is the Key

Places to Look
Things to learn.

Homebuyers must research neighborhoods carefully before they buy. There is a reason why that favorite old saying of real estate - location, location, location - is more than just a clich´┐Ż. Wherever you buy a home, the neighborhood greatly affects your daily life, which in turn affects your property value and happiness.

Once you find a great home, it's easy to let your excitement color your perceptions of the neighborhood.

But a beautiful home could turn out to be a bad investment if located in a neighborhood with poorly performing schools, too far away from grocery stores or a gas station. With a little homework, you could find out about traffic problems before you are stuck trying to get out of your new neighborhood. You may have to compromise a little on some things to make the whole work out in your favor.

Choosing the Right Home
Look around the neighborhood first.

When it comes to choosing the right home, make sure the neighborhood really fits before you sign the dotted line. Your quality of life and your home's property value depend on it. How do you really know the neighborhood is a good place to live with strong property values? What separates the good, the bad, and the ugly?]

Let's get down to the nitty gritty...

And study the factors that distinguish a good neighborhood from a less desirable one.

Hitting the Books

Learn the criteria for finding a good neighborhood.

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