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Best Resources For Buying a Home

By Mark Riddix

Are you currently in the market for a new home? Are you wondering where you should turn for help with your home buying decision? If so, then you are in luck. There are a number of great free sites that are available online. These sites can help you with anything from checking your credit score to finding exactly how much to offer for your new home.

Here are a few good resources for individuals in the market for a new home:

Zillow

If you want to make sure that you are not overpaying for your new home, you need to take a look at Zillow. Zillow is a huge database that gives you the value of homes in your area. Zillow appraises property values and compares them to other properties in the area. This can help you get an estimate of how much to offer for that new home you’re considering. Zillow also takes major home improvements into account when calculating the value of a property. You can even get an aerial view of a home. Don’t even consider buying a home until you look at Zillow!

LendingTree

You have probably seen commercials for LendingTree but you may not be aware of exactly what LendingTree is. LendingTree is an online lending site that lets customers shop for loans. You can shop for a loan at multiple banks by visiting LendingTree. LendingTree prides itself on the fact that banks compete for your loan. LendingTree also has calculators, tools, and online guides to help you through the loan process. If you are looking for a mortgage loan, LendingTree is a great place to start.

Auction

You can get a great deal on a new home at an auction. Whether it’s a bank or a mortgage company, thousands of properties are being auctioned off daily. These homes often go for well below their appraised value due to the anxiousness of the seller to unload the property. You can find out about auctions in your area by visiting Auction.com. The site has resulted in over 100,000 home sales over the past 3 years. Buyers can get data and information on auctions taking place nationwide. Buyers can also participate in live auctions and bid on foreclosed properties right from their own home!

FreeCreditReport

You shouldn’t even think about getting any type of loan until you take a look at your credit report. You need to make sure that your credit score is right and that all of your credit information is factually correct. AnnualCreditReport.com is the designated website that you can go to in order to choose from three different credit reporting agencies to get your free credit report and fix any errors. You can usually get your credit report immediately online. If you want your credit score, there are usually additional fees involved.

Are there any other resources that you find useful for your home buying purchase or research?

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Mark Riddix
Mark Riddix is the founder and president of an independent investment advisory firm that provides personalized investing and asset management consulting. Mark has written financial columns for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area newspapers and is the author of the book, Your Financial Playbook.

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