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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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6 New Home To-Dos

buying a home to-dos

You’ve found a dream home in your dream neighborhood. Congrats! Now the real work begins: Start ticking these things off your list.

1. Check Your Insurance Policies

Moving to a new state? Chances are you’ll have to get new insurance policies. You might even need to find a new company since not all insurers blanket the entire country.

2. Sign Up for the Town Newspaper

It’ll help you get to know the area quickly. Also, consider subscribing to the regional magazine—all of those dining guides are invaluable.

3. Get Copies of Your Medical Records

Even if you’re young and perfectly healthy, you’re still going to need your records at some point. Avoid the hassle by getting them before you move out of the area—you’re going to need to change doctors when you move, so you’ll want your new doc to have all of the information that they’ll need.

4. Hook Yourself Up

Call your current water, electric, cable, Internet, and phone companies and soon-to-be companies a month before your move date. This way, you have enough time to schedule appointments required for shut off and turn on. This will prevent you from getting charged after you leave your old home or for any service that’s not on in your new one. Ask for written confirmations in case you have to appeal a charge.

5. Cancel Catalogues

Get your name off junk mail lists by going to You’ll have enough stuff to sort through...why add more to that massive pile?

6. Go Postal

Change your address six weeks before your move at the post office or at This will get your mail to the right place, and they’ll send you a welcome package with coupons and discounts for local stores and services.

Evelyn Fazio, coauthor of Staying Sane When You're Buying or Selling Your Home

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