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Ready to find your first home, or in the market for an upgrade? You’re on the right track -- we’ve got plenty of real estate advice for how to handle the house hunt, manage your mortgage, and how to tackle new home to-do’s. Our easy-to-use tools and helpful tips will help ease your way into a new place. Looking for a place to live forever, or an opportunity for real estate investing? Search thousands of listings near you with our home finder tool. Once you spot a few you like, browse our local pages to find a real estate agent who can help make your home-owning dreams a reality. Want even more help than that? Don’t worry, we’ve got all the basics of buying your first home. Use our mortgage calculator to find out how much house you can really afford. We can help you sort out the pros and cons of condos and co-ops versus houses. Learn what all those real estate terms really mean, and how to find the best interest rate on your mortgage. There’s advice and tips for every step of the way, from hitting open houses to making an offer. You can also find tips on selling your home and on real estate investing. And when you need a pick-me-up or a space to vent, you can chat with other Nesties and share real estate advice, tales from the house hunt, and more. From your first phone calls to putting up the sold sign, we’re here for you!

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Big News on the Home Front

There’s a bright spot in the economy for Nesties -- the housing crunch means prices are down 25 percent, so it’s a great time to buy. Plus, there's a new tax credit (thanks to President Obama's stimulus package) for first-time home buyers.

If you buy a new or existing home between January 1 through November 30 of this year, you could get a first-time home buyer credit of up to $8,000. You can claim this credit on either your 2008 or your 2009 federal tax return.

To qualify, the house must be your main home and you must not have owned another main home during the last three years. Unlike the 2007 tax credit, you don't have to repay this credit if you stay in the home for three years.

We know most of you are already on it; in a recent poll, 47 percent of Nesties said that they were in the market for a new home right now.

Check out our Mortgage Calculator  for help with figuring out your monthly payments.
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-- Caitlin Losey

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