Due Diligence for Home Buyers


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

5 Essential Factors to Consider When Buying a House (Bankrate, May 29, 2018)

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

Considering a Home (Freddie Mac)

Establishing Credit

5 Steps to a Mortgage-Worthy Credit Profile (CreditsCards.com, Mar 23, 2018)

How Credit Scores Affect the Price of Credit and Insurance (Federal Trade Commission)

Credit Bureaus and Credit Scoring (USA.gov)

FHA Requirements: Credit Guidelines (Federal Housing Authority)

Determining​ Your Budget

How Much House Can You Afford? (Money Under 30, Aug. 29, 2017)

How Much House Can You Afford? (Interest Blog, Jan. 17, 2014)

Preparing for Homeownership: Calculators (Freddie Mac)

Hiring a Real Estate Attorney

Do I Need a Real Estate Attorney to Buy a House? (Bankrate, Jan. 26, 2018)

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

The Art of Home Buying: Hiring Professional Help During the Home Buying Process (New Home Buyers Network, Inc., 2011)

What You Can Expect From Your REALTOR®

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

What Does a REALTOR® Do for a Home Buyer? (realtor.com®)

What a REALTOR® Does for You (Northeast Florida Association of REALTORS®)

The Home Inspection

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 (FindLaw)

The Basics of Making an Offer on a House (realtor.com®, Aug. 5, 2016)

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) (eBook)

The Complete Book of Home Inspection (eBook)

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

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

Home Buyer's Checklist (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 (eBook)

A Survival Guide for Buying a Home (eBook)

Tips & Traps When Buying a Home (eBook)

The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home (eBook)

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