Helpful Tools

As you serch for your new home, there are some other things to consider such as:

  • How much house can I afford?

  • Is this a safe neighborhood?
  • ​How much would repairs or improvements cost?
  • ​Do I need an attorney?

It is your responsibility to do your own due diligence
to help make your home buying experience a success.

Below are videos and links to these resouces to help answer your questions. 
How Much House Can I Afford?

Redfin's Mortgage Calculator will let you know exactly how much house you can afford.

This will allow you to take the guesswork away and really know the price range you should be using to purchase your new home.

Is This A Safe Neighborhood?

CrimeReports allows you to see crime statistics for neighborhoods. 
While on your home search, you can use this resource to get an idea of reported crime in the neighhood in which you are looking to purchase. This information can help you decide if you want to purchase in a particular neighborhood based on reported crime. 
How Much Would Repairs or Improvements Cost?

CostHelper provides articles on an array of topics on the potential cost for repairs or improvements.  If you found a home that you really liked, but it needed some work, you could use this resource to get an idea of the potential cost.You could then use that information to help determine your offer on the home.
Do I Need An Attorney?​​

Legal Shield provides you affordable access to a law firm. 
Buying a home will probably be the largest and most significant purchase you will make in your life. It also involves the law of real property, which is unique and raises special issues of practice, and problems not present in other transactions. Legal Shield provides attorneys trained to deal with these problems and has the most experience to deal with them.

How Much Would Repairs or Improvements Cost?

How Much House
Can I Afford?

Is This A Safe Neighborhood?​

Do I Need An Attorney?​