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Home Buying Tips

If you are thinking of buying a new home, you must pay close attention to a great 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 the features you would all like in a new home. You should also determine how much you can afford to pay for a new home. Click here to view an Online Mortgage Calculator [Please note: Clicking on the link to the mortgage calculator will take you outside our home page. We are not responsible for the contents of external Web sites].

To organize your thoughts, write each separate feature that you want on a 3X5 card, and arrange the cards in order of their importance to you.

For instance, if you like to cook, you may want a home with a large, well-equipped kitchen. Or you may settle for a small kitchen so that you can have extra space for a library, office or computer room.

Some home buyers seek large, open interior spaces, while others prefer traditional rooms that afford more privacy. Some choose homes with large yards. Others opt for condominiums where they can avoid yard maintenance entirely.

While looking for a home, consider whether your needs are likely to change over time. If you plan to add rooms, find out if there is enough space on your site for such expansion and whether such additions are permitted by your local jurisdiction.

We're pleased to offer these tips to prospective home buyers:

Tax Advantages of a New Home
Other Advantages of a New Home
Deciding Where to Live
Choosing Your Builder
Concerns About Disability
About Building Codes
Mortgage Basics
Pre-Settlement Walk-Through
The Closing or Settlement Process
The Secondary Mortgage Market
Resolving Problems With Your Builder
The Moving Process
About Routine Maintenance
Conserving Energy And Other Resources
About Trees and Landscaping
About Infrastructure
Housing Glossary
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