Home Buying Resources for Consumers

Keys to My House – Resource List

A Consumer’s Guide to Buying Your First Home

The Keys to My House video provides consumer advice on buying a home. Here are links to other websites that provide additional information on how to put that advice into practice.

Determine financial readiness to purchase a home

Consultants for advice on home buying

Understanding the home purchase contract

Home financing options

Anticipating hidden fees, closing costs, and ownership costs after acquisition

Residential Real Estate FAQs

 

Determine Financial Readiness to Purchase a Home


What Can You Afford?

Mortgage calculator
This mortgage calculator will calculate your monthly payments without asking for your contact information.

Freddie Mac – Mortgage Calculator
This mortgage calculator will calculate your monthly payments without asking for your contact information.  It also helps you determine how much home you can afford.

Rent vs. buying

Is It Better to Rent or Buy?
This site gives you an interactive tool that allows you to determine whether you should rent or purchase a home.

Freddie Mac – Rent or Buy
This Freddie Mac site discusses how people should analyze whether to rent or purchase a home.

 How Much Can You Borrow?

Freddie Mac – How Much Can You Borrow?
Freddie Mac give you an interactive tool that shows users how you analyze whether you can afford a mortgage or not and at what price.

 

Consultants for Advice on Home Buying


Find a Realtor

National Association of Realtors
Find a realtor; can narrow it down and search by names, city, and language

National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
Fill out contact us information to ask for a local referral

Find a Certified Financial Planner

CFP Board
Search for a certified financial planner (CFP) in your city and state; advanced search also lets you pick language

Find a Lawyer

American Bar Association
Look up local bar associations in your area based on city, state or zip

Find a Housing Counselor

HUD Certified Counseling Agencies
Find a HUD counselor in your area based on state. Can narrow the search by language

Translators/Interpreters

American Translators Association
Search by area of practice

 

Understanding the Home Purchase Contract


Redfin
Explains the different components of the contract

Documents Involved
Lists the documents involved and what different closing costs are involved

 

Home Financing Options


Get a Loan

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Home buying programs in your state

Lender List
Find a HUD approved lender in your area

Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program
Program for law enforcement officers, pre-kindergarten through 12 grade teachers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians looking for homes in revitalization areas

FHA Loans
How FHA can help buy a home

VA Home Loans
US Dept of Veterans Affairs page on home loans

Rural Development Loans
United States Department of Agriculture has assistance program that provides funding for single family homes, apartments for low-income persons or the elderly, etc.

Down Payment Assistance Resource Directory
Provides links to government-subsidized programs by state

mortgageloan.com
This guide helps Hispanic homebuyers to better understand the home buying process

Hispanic National Mortgage Association
This association is a for-profit company focused on increasing homeownership opportunities for Hispanic families

 

Anticipating Hidden Fees, Closing Costs, and Ownership Costs After Acquisition


The Mortgage Process

Freddie Mac – Mortgage Process
Freddie Mac provides you a step by step checklist from financing to closing

Closing Cost Calculator

Freddie Mac – Closing Costs Calculator
Freddie Mac provides users a calculator to determine closing costs

Down Payment Calculator

Freddie Mac – Down Payment Calculator
Freddie Mac provides users a calculator to determine down payment costs

What to Expect at Closing

Freddie Mac – Closing
Freddie Mac provides users a list of closing documents and the meaning behind them

 

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