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Where should you go online for buying and selling help?
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 • Posted January 19, 2012 2:54 PM

There’s certainly no shortage of real estate Web sites. If you spend time online looking for real estate advice or searching for properties, you know that.

This is mostly a good thing because more information makes for more educated consumers. But it can be a challenge to wade through all of the information available and determine which sources are credible. Finding sources with relevant information can also be a challenge, so let me tell you about three real estate sites with a Texas focus.

Start with a good foundation

Just starting out? TexasRealEstate.com should be your first stop for information about buying, selling and leasing property in Texas.

The site offers frequently updated helpful information including market news, a statewide property search and an easy way to search for and get in touch with Texas realtors.

Need to know more about buying or selling? Visit the Tips section for advice from Texas realtors. Are you new to the state? The site has a ‘Moving to Texas’ section to help you get on your feet. Need help with affordable housing? Find an affordable-housing specialist in your area.

There’s so much more to TexasRealEstate.com, so I encourage you to visit the site.

A little help goes a long way

Many would-be homebuyers who didn’t take advantage of the federal homebuyer tax credit feel that their time to purchase a home has passed. It hasn’t.

There are several housing-assistance programs at city, county and local levels throughout the state that offer downpayment assistance or help with closing costs. TxHomePrograms.org offers an interactive search for such programs that you may not know you qualify for.

Coupled with today’s low interest rates, taking advantage of these programs could make homeownership an attractive reality for you.

Information when you need it most

Unfortunately, some homeowners face the prospect of falling behind on their mortgage payments and losing their homes for a variety of reasons.

If this is you or someone you know, visit KeepMyTexasHome.org, a site put together by the Texas Foreclosure Prevention Task Force to outline the foreclosure process in Texas – which is different from the processes in other states.

There are options available when a homeowner is in danger of foreclosing, and educating yourself is the best way to keep from feeling overwhelmed.

From the people who know

Aside from their consumer-oriented focus on real estate in Texas, these sites have another thing in common: They’re all created, updated and maintained by Texas realtors – the experts in buying, selling and leasing real property in our state.

Please use these tools and your Texas realtor to arm yourself with information when buying or selling property in Texas.

For your real estate needs, contact RE/MAX Genesis at 830-833-2000.

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