Real Estate Resources

Buying Your Home

Congratulations!  You have decided to buy a new home!  The attached pamphlet, Buying Your Home, Settlement Costs and Helpful Information," was prepared by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to describe the home buying, financing, and settlement process.  Although no two transactions are alike, it is intended to eliminate, as much as possible, the mysteries behind the settlement process.


The Benefits of Having an Attorney in a Real Estate Transaction

There are a series of functions in a real estate transation that may require an attorney's professional expertise.  Please refer to the attached pamphlet, "Your Real Estate Transaction" prepared by CATIC to learn more about the details  that may be involved in your real estate transaction and how an attorney might be able to assist you.

Types of Insurance You May Need for Your New Home

Mortgage lenders sometimes require different forms of insurance to protect their investment.  Please read "Types of Insurance You May Need for Your Home" to learn more.


Shopping for a a Mortgage

The Federal Reserve Board website provides useful infomation for consumers on a variety of real estate topics, such a tips on shopping for a mortgage, including the use of mortgage comparison calculators,  to help consumers make informed decisions when shopping for home loans.

Verifying Home Improvement Contractors

The Department of Consumer Protection is responsible for the registration of all home improvement contractors doing business in Connecticut, as well as for the administration of the Home Improvement Guaranty Fund for consumers.  The Guaranty Fund can be very helpful if you have problems with your home improvement contractor.  The Department's website provides general information on home improvement and the laws regulating contractors.  The site also allows you to verify the license of a contractor.

For Sale by Owner (FSBO)

Selling your house on your own without the assistance of a real estate agent can be a daunting task.  However, locating an attorney you are comfortable with and who is there to address your questions and concerns can help.  There are also other resources available to you such as "Cut the Commission," a website that provides several options for listing your house on the Multiple Listing Service utilized by real estate agents. 


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