11-05-2005, 08:45 AM
| | Real Estate Websites to Bookmark
Nov. 5 2005
If you are a midnight Web surfer and have an interest in gathering as much information as possible about real estate, I have several sites you may want to bookmark. In addition to finding properties for sale in the Napa Valley, you are able to access the latest in interest rates, tax laws, negotiation techniques and other information that will give you an educated advantage when buying or selling a home.
The Web site www.realtor.com
is a consumer-friendly with a topic search feature that will direct you to the area of your interest. If you are buying a home for the first time or have not made a purchase in several years, you may want to click on "Real Estate 101" under Homebuying Tools and proceed to "10 Steps to Real Estate Ownership." There you will find details on the 10 progressive steps including obtaining loan approval, selection of a Realtor, locating properties online, making an offer to purchase and the close of escrow process.
Hosted by the National Association of Realtors, this site provides open access to news releases, links to other real estate sites and a mortgage qualification program that will help you determine how much money you will be able to borrow, what your payment will be and where to find a local lender. The most popular use of this site is the ability to find homes on the market for sale across the country. A number of Napa homeowners are selling and moving out of the area. On this Web site you are able to learn about other communities and select a Realtor that meets your personal requirements.
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