Subject Guide: Housing/Home Buying

Are you a first-time homebuyer?  The resources below can help you find a home that is right for you. Many home buying-related books, DVDs or audiobooks in the Library are in the 643.12 call number range of the nonfiction section.

Last updated: June 4, 2015

Databases

  • Property tax information and online payments.

  • Online data tool that examines eight areas of community wellbeing: demographics, economic development, education, environment, health, housing, public safety and transportation.

  • A nationwide directory of U.S. and Canadian businesses and residences. Business listings include estimated sales, number of employees and a credit rating code, if available. Use the U.S. Jobs/internships section to search for positions and find information about the companies advertising them, with data from the job site Indeed.com.

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  • Before You Buy!: The Homebuyer's Handbook for Today's Market
    by Michael Corbett

    Michael Corbett, bestselling author and the host of NBC's Extra!'s Mansions and Millionaires, teaches today's prospective homebuyers everything they need to know, including costly buyers’ blunders, inspections, mortgages and more.

  • The Complete Book of Home Inspection
    by Norman Becker

    Find out the real value of a house or condo using the tested techniques in this step-by-step guide. Written by a professional home inspector and fully updated throughout, this book shows you how to determine exactly what's behind, beneath, above, and around a house before you make an offer.

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  • Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home
    by Ilona Bray

    Everything a buyer needs to know to buy a first home, with insider tips and advice from the experts.

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  • Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate
    by Spencer Rascoff

    How do you spot an area poised for gentrification? Is spring or winter the best time to put your house on the market? The fact is that the rules of real estate have changed drastically over the past five years.

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