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.
- The Road to Homeownership [EN ESPAÑOL]
Prepare for homeownership with a tutorial that covers the home search, loans, the closing process, and more.
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 Association Links
- Bloomington-Normal Association of
Hunt for homes or Realtors or find information about Bloomington-Normal.
- California Association of
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.
- Decatur Association of Realtors
Find real estate agents and property for sale in and around Decatur. The site includes a section for upcoming events.
- 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.
- Pekin Area Board of Realtors
Use home and area details to search for homes, plus you can find association affiliates.
- 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 Association Links
- Bloomington-Normal Area Home
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.
- Metro Decatur Home Builders
Find information on the association and its meetings, events, and home shows.
- Springfield Area Home Builders
Learn the benefits of buying a home, find a member of the association, or get information on the educational opportunities available.
Real Estate Links
- Traders Realty
Look for homes in the Peoria area, learn more about local schools, and find links to area websites.
Assessments, Zoning, & Taxes
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- 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.
For more information, visit the Home Loan FAQs, email CEFCU, call 1.800.542.3328, ext. 33424, or visit a Member Center. In addition, be sure to ask about homeowner's insurance available through CEFCU Financial Services®, Inc.