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This is a website with multiple purposes. The first and main purpose is to help you with your home shopping, whether it be for a home in Grayhawk or elsewhere. The second purpose is to provide you with articles that will help you make good financial decisions and save money, not just on your home purchase but other purchases you make after you own a home.

To get started, we'd like to introduce you to some sites that should aid you greatly in your search for a home.

1. Realtor.com - Once you start working with a realtor, they should provide you with a link to MLS, which stands for multiple listing service. This is the main database of homes on the market that all realtors use, and it is the list that is most up-to-date and accurate. That said, if you just want to browse listings to view prices and get an idea of where you might want to buy a home, Realtor.com is your best bet. This site is easy to use, allows you to employ numerous filters, and has a pretty decent listing of current homes for sale. If you aren't working with a realtor yet, this site is probably the best place for you to start your search for homes.

2. Bankrate.com - Before beginning your search for a home, it's best if you prequalify for a loan. Today, there are numerous lenders to choose from. For the most part, the smartest way to get a loan is to search online for the bank or institution that will give you the best rate. This is where Bankrate.com comes in. The site will provide you with a list of lenders and the rates they are currently charging. There's no easier way to see a bunch of loans side by side.

In addition to a list of potential lenders you can work with Bankrate offers plenty of other resources, such as calculators that help you decide how much of a mortgage payment you can afford given your current income. Therefore, it's a good one-stop shop for all sorts of information related to home-buying.

3. Zillow - You've probably heard about Zillow, and if you mention this site to real estate professionals, you're sure to get a mixed reaction. Among other things, Zillow shows you current homes for sale or rent, and also provides estimates of how much those homes should be worth. These calculations, however, are widely regarded as inaccurate, so you should take them with a grain of salt.

That said, the site is highly interactive and allows you to view homes for sale using a map. It is convenient to use and mostly intuitive. Moreover, it provides helpful information about the average rent, average home price, and trends. For these reasons, I find this site to be a great research tool despite its flaws.

4. Trulia - If you don't like Realtor.com or Zillow for whatever reason, Trulia is another site that offers similar features. In addition to being a site that lists current homes for sale or rent, Trulia also gives you mortgage rates and a helpful lender search tool. In addition to its features, Trulia offers a blog and articles providing real estate advice. It is, in a sense, a one-stop shop for many of your home buying needs.

Keep in mind, doing research online is a terrific way to search for homes, but nothing can be a substitute for a knowledgeable realtor who is an expert in the local area. We recommend you talk to a number of realtors before making a decision about who to work with. A home is by far the most expensive purchase you'll make, so it pays to be patient and select a realtor with a lot of care. The ideal realtor will not only have lots of good information about the neighborhood you are interested in, but they will also have a personality that matches yours and will not pressure you into making a decision.

Hopefully, the information on this page will assist you in beginning your home search in an organized and informed fashion. Buying a home can be both exciting and stressful, so take your time and visit all the sites above so you have the proper tools you need to begin your research.