Buying or Building Your Home

Learn about buying, building or remodeling your home from A to Z with these resources to help you find a builder or remodeler, organize your move, discover the latest trends and become a more educated consumer.

Buying or Building Your Home
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Written by a woman for women, this practical, insightful guide demystifies the home buying and remodeling process and empowers the reader to work confidently with architects, interior designers and contractors to strategically craft a home that complements her unique lifestyle and personality …
2008
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Home Maintenance Made Easy provides home owners with a sensible approach to regular home maintenance.
2013
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As American cities sprawl further and further away from city centers and commutes get longer and more frustrating, many people are trading the car for a subway, moving back to the city and getting creative to make use of smaller spaces.  Many households now have no kids and need less space, …
10/21/2013
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It’s an unfortunate result of the recession — many families haven’t been able to keep up with their mortgage payments and have lost their homes to foreclosure. And foreclosed homes often sell for less-than-market rates, making them seem like a bargain to buyers who are used to the …
7/10/2013
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Before you go to settlement on your purchase of a newly constructed home, you and your builder will do a walk-through to conduct a final inspection.  This walk-through provides an opportunity to spot items which may need to be corrected or adjusted, learn about the way your new home …
3/21/2013
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This post from NAHB's Eye on Housing blog describes why it costs less on average to maintain a new home as compared to an existing home.
3/21/2013
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An article about the steps home owners can take to get a house sold quickly.
1/2/2013
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This brochure describes the many benefits of homeownership in today's market.
5/18/2012
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Learn about the many opportunities in today’s market including affordable prices, low mortgage rates and great new homes.
5/7/2012
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This checklist will help you select a builder or remodeler to work on or build your home.
5/3/2012
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Home buyers have the choice of two types of houses on the market: resale or new. Home buyers planning to buy a brand-new house or condominium often cite energy efficiency, open layout, a warranty, and being able to select appliances, flooring, paint colors and other design elements as factors …
3/21/2012
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This brochure describes the emotional and economic impact of homeownership to Americans and why it must be supported and protected.
2/14/2012
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This page has information about how condos offer many of the same technology advances, energy-efficient features and convenient floor plans as single family homes, but without the maintenance.
10/12/2010
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U.S. Dept. of Transportation website providing information to help people who are moving.
4/15/2009
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If you are thinking of buying a new home, you must pay close attention to many details to ensure that you find one that will suit your needs and preferences. Before you start shopping, you should sit down with the members of your household to discuss your preferences and the many options …
8/6/2007
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If you are shopping for a new home, how can you be sure that it was built so that it does not cause health or safety problems for the members of your household? The answer can be given in two words: building codes. A building code sets forth requirements to protect public health, safety and …
7/19/2007
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Settlement (or closing) is the process which passes ownership of a property from seller to purchaser. Going to settlement on a new home can be bewildering. Home buyers are usually required to sign a seemingly endless pile of documents, most of which are written in terminology not used outside of …
7/19/2007
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If you're in the market for a new home, you should shop for your builder as carefully as you shop for your home. Whether you are buying a condo, a townhouse, a house in a subdivision, or a custom built house, you want to know that you are buying a good quality home from a reputable builder. …
7/19/2007
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ARM? GPM? PITI? You’d have to be a cryptologist to figure out some of the terms buyers encounter during the home buying process. Doing research on how to buy a house before beginning the process can greatly improve your experience and prepare you for the exciting course ahead. And with …
5/9/2007
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