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- Buying vs. Renting
See how the cost of buying a home compares to renting. The page also includes links to tools and resources for home buyers.
- Home Buying Coach [EN ESPAÑOL]
Work through the home buying process step-by-step and print useful home buying checklists.
- First-Time Home Buyer Kit
Request your free kit, which includes a home shopping checklist along with information on preapproval, low-down payment options, closing costs, and more.
- The Mortgage Professor
Learn more about buying a home with information from Professor of Finance Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Find the estimated value of homes, discuss buying and selling homes with others, and get a list of questions to ask when choosing a real estate agent.
Real Estate Associations
- Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors®
Hunt for homes or Realtors or find information about Bloomington-Normal.
- California Association of Realtors [EN ESPAÑOL]
Use the resources available for consumers on everything from searching for a home to facts on foreclosures.
- Capital Area Association of Realtors
Search for homes, land, open houses, and more in the Springfield area.
- Illinois Association of Realtors
Get up-to-date news on the real estate industry, trends, and home ownership; plus search for homes, Realtors, and local Realtors associations.
- Illini Valley Association
Find homes, agents, and open houses. The site also has a list of home services and community links.
- Livingston County Realtors
Locate homes for sale and real estate agencies in Livingston County. The site also includes loan calculators.
- National Association of REALTORS
Search by ZIP Code, location, or requirements for current U.S. listings. Plus, get information on market conditions, neighborhoods, and real estate in the Homebuying Tools section.
- Peoria Area Association of Realtors
Find homes available and open houses in the Peoria area.
- Santa Clara County Association of Realtors
Access the Consumer section of the site for information on saving water and energy, making affordable improvements, and more.
Home Builders Associations
- Bloomington-Normal Area Home Builders Association
Use the Consumer Info section to find a builder or get tips on remodeling.
- Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria
Locate area builders and suppliers or find out more about upcoming home shows.
- Home Builders Association of Illinois
Search for Illinois builders, learn what to ask builders, and find out more about the Illinois Quality Assurance Builder Standards.
- Springfield Area Home Builders Association
Learn the benefits of buying a home, find a member of the association, or get information on the educational opportunities available.
- Traders Realty
Look for homes in the Peoria area, learn more about local schools, and find links to area websites.
Assessments, Zoning, & Taxes
- Fannie Mae
Find out more about selecting and buying a home.
- Freddie Mac
Help prepare for home ownership with the help of calculators and tools.
- U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development [EN ESPAÑOL]
Follow the nine steps to buying a home, plus get more information on appraisals and terminology.