Links to practical resources on most every aspect of home buying, from establishing credit to negotiating the final contract.


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Things to Consider When Buying a Home

More Space, Please: Home Sales Booming Despite Pandemic, Recession (NPR, Aug. 28, 2020)

‘The Housing Market Is on a Sugar High’: Home Sales Are Soaring, But Is It a Good Time to Buy? Here’s What the Experts Say (MarketWatch, Aug. 24, 2020)

New Tools for Home Buyers as the Pandemic Upends Real Estate (The New York Times, Jul. 17, 2020)

Selling Your Home in the Age of Coronavirus? Here Are All Your Top Questions, Answered (realtor.com®, Jun. 4, 2020)

Can I Buy or Sell a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic? (American Society of Home Inspectors, Apr. 29, 2020)

4 Ways to Avoid Remorse When Buying a House Virtually (REALTOR® Magazine, Apr. 29, 2020)

Can You Still Close on a House During the Coronavirus Pandemic? (Home Light, Apr. 13, 2020)

How to Buy a House During Quarantine — With the Help of Online Appraisals, eClosings, and More (Money, Apr. 1, 2020)

What to Look for When Buying a House (Bankrate, Jul. 16, 2019)

What It Really Costs to Buy a Home (nerdwallet, Apr. 4, 2019)

Home Buying in Six Steps (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 22, 2014)

My Home (Freddie Mac)

Establishing Credit

How Credit Score Affects Your Mortgage Rate (nerdwallet, Sep. 15, 2020)

Protect Your Credit (REALTOR® Party, June 2020)

How to Protect Your Credit Score During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Consumer Reports, Jun. 2, 2020)

FICO Scores To Decline During COVID-19 Lockdown, Making Recovery Harder (Forbes, Jun. 2, 2020)

Covid + Credit: Resources to Navigate the Pandemic (Equifax, May 5, 2020)

How to Build Credit (nerdwallet, Jul. 8, 2019)

This Is How Much Bad Credit Affects Your Mortgage (MarketWatch, Mar. 15, 2019)

FHA Requirements: Credit Guidelines (Federal Housing Authority)

Credit Scores (Federal Trade Commission)

Credit Reports and Scores (USA.gov)

Determining​ Your Budget

How Much Should I Spend On A House? (Rocket Mortgage, Sep. 17, 2020)

How Much Mortgage Can You Afford? (Investopedia, Sep. 14, 2020)

A Guide to Managing Personal Finances During the COVID-19 Crisis (Bankrate, Jun. 4, 2020)

Calculators (Freddie Mac)

Hiring a Real Estate Attorney

What Is A Real Estate Attorney And When Do I Need One? (Rocket Mortgage, Sep. 17, 2020)

Do You Need a Lawyer to Buy a House? (Investopedia, Sep. 12, 2020)

Why You Need a Lawyer When You Buy or Sell a House (FindLaw)

What You Can Expect From Your REALTOR®

What Your Real Estate Agent Wants You To Know About the Housing Market Right Now (realtor.com®, Apr. 29, 2020)

Daily Responsibilities in the Life of a Real Estate Agent (the balance, Jan. 25, 2019)

6 Reasons You Should Never Buy or Sell a Home Without an Agent (realtor.com®, Feb. 4, 2016)

Questions to Ask When Choosing a REALTOR® (REALTOR® Magazine)

The Home Inspection

Real Estate Home Inspections Evolve In COVID-19 Era (New Pelican, May 29, 2020)

Covid-19 and Home Inspections (American Society of Home Inspectors, Apr. 2020)

What to Expect During a Home Inspection (Houselogic)

Frequently Asked Questions on Home Inspections (American Society of Home Inspectors)

Ten Important Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Making an Offer

Making an Offer on a House: How to Lowball and Negotiate Like a Pro (realtor.com®, Aug. 18, 2019)

Making an Offer on a House (FindLaw)

Closing Documents You Should Keep (REALTOR® Magazine)

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The 106 Common Mistakes Homebuyers Make (and How to Avoid Them) (Kindle, eBook)

The Complete Book of Home Inspection (Kindle, eBook)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a Home (eBook)

Financing Your Condo, Co-Op, or Townhouse (eBook)

Home Buyer's Checklist (Kindle, eBook)

Home Buying for Dummies (eBook)

Home Buying without the BS! (eBook)

How to Get the Best Home Loan (eBook)

The Mortgage Answer Book (eBook)

Mortgage Myths (eBook)

The Real Estate Process (Kindle, eBook)

A Survival Guide for Buying a Home (eBook)

Tips & Traps When Buying a Home (Kindle, eBook)

The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home (eBook)

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