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Real Estate Resources

Buying

Foreclosures: How to Buy a Fannie Mae Owned Home
As a prospective home buyer, one option in your search to find an affordable home is the purchase of one that has been foreclosed and is currently owned by Fannie Mae.
Click here to search for Fannie Mae-owned homes for sale.

The Home Inspection and You
What is a home inspection? Why do you need one? How do you find a qualified inspector? Learn more from The American Society of Home Inspectors´┐Ż, the oldest and leading non-profit professional association for independent home inspectors.

Consumer

Consumer's Resource Handbook
Valuable info published by the Consumer Information Center. Includes the Consumer Assistance Directory with thousands of names, addresses, telephone numbers, web site and e-mail addresses for national consumer organizations, trade associations, state and local consumer protection offices, state and federal agencies.

The Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau provides instant access to business and consumer alerts as well as many other helpful resources. You can even file a complaint online and more.

Kelly Blue Book
Don't buy or sell a car without checking out this invaluable guide. Learn your car's trade-in and resale value, get free new car pricing reports with specs, photos, invoice, and more.

Consumer Line
Consumer Line is the online service of the Office of Consumer and Business Education of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. It offers the full text of approximately 150 consumer publications on a wide range of categories.

Consumer Alert
Consumer Alert is a nationwide, non-profit, nonpartisan organization that protects consumer choice and promotes economic growth. Their site includes articles and editorials by members and others, consumer tips, and membership information.

Home Taxes

Tax Information for First-Time Homeowners
Provides tax information for first-time homeowners including how you treat items such as settlement and closing costs, real estate taxes, home mortgage interest, and repairs.

Residential Rental Property
Explains rental income and expenses and how to report them on your return. It also covers casualty losses on rental property and the passive activity limits and at-risk rules. This publication is designed for people who only rent out a few residential units.

Selling Your Home
Information on the tax rules that apply when you sell your main home. Also includes worksheets to help you figure the adjusted basis of the home you sold, the gain/loss on the sale, and the amount of the gain that you can exclude.

Home Improvement

Kitchen & Bath Consumer Resources
The National Kitchen and Bath Association provides online resources such as helpful planning checklists, a guide to understanding the remodeling process, and tips from the pros.

Gardening Q & A
The Gardening Association allows you to ask your own question and they will dig up an answer for you within a couple of days or you can search their question and answer library.

Regional Gardening
Excellent resources on what plants to start, gifts to give, and great tips for your gardening plans.

Tools

Your Elected Representatives
Learn who they are, how to contact them, how they voted on the issues that matter to you most, and more.

Zip Code Lookup
Perfect if you need a ZIP Code for an address.

Where to Write to Obtain Vital Records
How to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates.

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