Home Buyer Tools

TOOLS, RESOURCES, & LINKS FOR HOME BUYERS

Home Buyer Guide

Escrow 101

What to Expect in a Residential Real Estate Transaction

Schools and Education

Great Schools – The premier online guide to K-12 schools
eSchool Profile – Providing quality school information online
McCormack’s – Newcomer-relocation-school guides to metro California
CA School Test Scores - California Department of Education
US Department of Education – Promoting education excellence for all Americans

Mortgage and Loan Info

Charis Loans – Loan Resources, Online Application, Local Southern California Company
Daily Mortgage Rates – Mortgage rate updates by mortgage market information services
Fannie Mae – Financial services make it possible for low, moderate, & middle-income families to buy
Freddie Mac – corporation chartered by Congress to create a continuous flow of funds to mortgage lenders
Mortgage Daily - Latest news in the mortgage industry

Home Inspections

America’s Hometenders – Local Southern California Home Inspection Company
ASHI - National professional organization of home inspectors in the US and Canada
CSLB - Contractors State License Board licenses and regulates contractors
Code Check – Guide to the most commonly cited code violations for one and two family dwellings.
Home Inspector Locator - Searchable database of over 3,000 experienced Home Inspectors across the US.
House Detective – “Ask the Inspector,” a public awareness forum
Pest World - Why you need to inspect a home for termites before buying or selling

Moving Resources

Click and Move – They’ve compiled a directory of over 1,000,000 moving and relocation related services
Pods - PODS Moving Containers Make Moving Easy!

Tax Info and Resources

Propositions 60 & 90 - Potential property tax savings for senior citizens.
Los Angeles County Property Taxes
Orange County Property Taxes
Riverside County Property Tax Website
San Bernardino County Property Taxes
Taxpayer Relief Act – Explanation of 1997 law and it’s implications
1031 Exchange – Use a 1031 exchange to defer payment of capital gains taxes

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