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How To Find A Residence That Fits Your Needs And Budget

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There a variety of ways to find a house. There's no reason to limit yourself to just one.

  • Real Estate Brokers. Preferably locate one that has been particularly helpful through a family member, friend or colleague. You can find a broker anywhere in the country at: offsite link
  • Family and friends who may have information about the area(s) in which you are interested.
  • Listings in local periodicals such as newspapers and area magazines.
  • Check the internet.       
    • offsite link. You can search for comprehensive information about available houses by city, town or zip code. The site includes photos, charts comparing the offering price to those of similar homes and sale prices in the area; a sales history for the house, and a link to a guide about local information. The site includes an email alert system which lets you know when properties that fit your search criteria are listed or sold. The site will even tell you when listed prices change.  The site also includes a community of real estate professionals you can ask questions without being pursued by the broker because you e mail address is hidden. Trulia relies on partners for accurate listings.
    • offsite link is also a comprehensive site which also estimates the value of homes, including homes that aren't listed for sale.It includes data about nearby schools, has mortgage calculators and uses online communities to answer questions.
    • RedFin Real Estate, at offsite link, has the same type of information as Trulia and Zillow for limited areas of the country.
    • offsite link helps find homes with energy-efficient and environmentally friendly features.
    • School information is available at offsite link(information by school district for private and public schools, including an analysis of each school and parent feedback), offsite link (information about public schools only).
    • NOTE: When using information from internet sites, it is advisable to check the information that is critical for accuracy. Some of the information may be outdated.
  • Drive around in a neighborhood of interest to you with a mobile phone that can connect to applications such as Zillow and Trulia. Both systems use the GPS on your phone to recognize your location and point you to houses for sale in the area. Information includes the home's selling price. 

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