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   Buying a Home in Seattle

Before you look for a house, it's essential to determine how much you can afford to pay and what your financing options are. You'll also need to define your housing priorities and understand how to easily find homes that meet your needs. Even if you think you've found your dream home, you'll need to master the ins and outs of house inspections and making offers. Here you'll find some answers that will help you find your way through the housebuying maze -- taking advantage of the numerous resources available on the Web.

:: Qualifying for a Home Loan
Accurately determine how much house you can afford, and learn why a good credit score and loan preapproval are critical.

:: Mortgage Basics FAQ
Get an overview of types of loans and terms and tips on how to afford a mortgage and down payment.

:: Online Mortgage Shopping
Plug into the Web world of home mortgages, loans and lenders.

:: Househunting Online
Find the best online listings of houses for sale.

:: Online Help With Community and Neighborhood Info
Go to the Web for information on relocation decisions, including schools, housing costs and community resources

:: Working With a Real Estate Agent
How to get the most from a real estate agent when you buy a house.

:: New Houses
How to avoid pitfalls when buying a new house.

:: Homeowners' Associations and CC&Rs
When you buy a house in a new subdivision or planned unit development, you may be subject to a host of rules and regulations.

:: Real Estate Offers and Contracts FAQ
Answers to common questions about making offers to buy a home, including strategies in competitive housing markets.

:: House Inspections Before a Sale
Before you finalize your house purchase, you'll want to be sure the house is in good condition. Here are the first steps to take.

:: Homeowner's Insurance
Get the basics on homeowner's insurance and the importance of doing a home inventory.

:: Your Home as a Tax Shelter
Your home shelters you from the elements, but it is also a valuable tax shelter.

:: Real Estate on the Web
An overview of online real estate services available to homebuyers -- from house listings to mortgage loans.

:: Deeds FAQ
They're not just for playing Monopoly -- answers to frequently asked questions about deeds.


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