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What's New and Updated

The Home Buyer's Information Center is always a "work in progress" as we add new information and additional content. This is where you can keep track of additions, changes and updates to the site as well as an archive of changes made over the last 12+ years. You can also subscribe to our Newsletter, which will let you know "What's New" both on this site and on the subject of buying a house. Subscribing is easy (and free).

September, 2011

Changes in the content in the section devoted to negotiation

Updates in the section devoted to buying foreclosures

August, 2011

Revisions in the contracts section

July, 2011

Adjusted the Buyer's Timeline section

New content in the Mortgage Prequalifying and Preapproval article

May, 2011

Additional content for First Time Buyers

March, 2011

Additions to the mortgage questions area

January, 2011

Revisions to the article on dealing with (and profiting from) the changing Real Estate market

November, 2010

Added content in the mortgage mistakes section

September, 2010

Revisions in the First Time Buyer's Section

More information on Moving from Renter to Home Owner

August, 2010

Additional content in the Tips on Saving Money section

June, 2010

Changes to Getting your Financial Picture in Focus

April, 2010

Revised content in the Mortgage Questions section

March, 2010

Added 100 metro areas to the "search for an Agent" map

January, 2010

 Revisions to the article on buying "fixer-uppers"

November, 2009

 Information on the extension of tax break of up to $8000 for first-time buyers

 August, 2009

 

More content in the mortgage mistakes section 

June, 2009

Updates to the building a home section

May, 2009

Revisions on preparing to buy a home

April, 2009

Information on the tax break of up to $8000 for first-time buyers

Updates to Getting your Financial Picture in Focus

March, 2009

Changes to the mortgage questions area

More content in the To-Do section

January, 2009

New information in the article on buying foreclosures

November, 2008

More content in the section devoted to negotiation

October, 2008

Changes to the checklist page

August, 2008

Updates to the article on tuning up your budget

More information in the appraisals page

July, 2008

New resources and changes to the Buy or Rent? page

June, 2008

Changes to the Dealing with Market Changes section

May, 2008

New content in the mortgage section

March, 2008

Additional content in the saving money section

February, 2008

Changes in the section on Tips For Finding a Home

January, 2008

More information on Adjusting Your Mindset to changing conditions

December, 2007

More content in the mortgage mistakes section

November, 2007

 

Modifications to the Homebuying Timeline

Information in the financial and budget pages 

October, 2007

More information in the homebuilding section

September, 2007

Article on dealing with (and profiting from) the changing Real Estate market

Changes to the article on Comparative Market Analyses (CMAs)

August, 2007

More content in the First Time Buyer's Section

July, 2007

More information in the article on Negotiations

June, 2007

More content in mortgage hints

Additional information in the agency section

May, 2007

Article on buying foreclosures

Changes in the prequalification and preapproval page

April, 2007

New content in the Mortgage Prequalifying and Preapproval article

March, 2007

 

Updated portions of the Home Buyer's Checklist

February, 2007

Additional content in Mortgage section 

January, 2007

Additional content for First Time Buyers

Article on Adjusting Your Mindset to changing conditions

December, 2006

Additional hints in the Mortgage Hints section

Additional content in the saving money section

November, 2006

 New article on tuning up your budget

 Additional information in Tips For Finding a Home

October, 2006

Information in the financial and budget pages 

More questions in the mortgage questions area 

September, 2006

New information for First Time Buyers

August, 2006

Revision of the Common Mistakes When Buying a House section

More information on Setting a Value on a Home

July, 2006

Additional content in the Mortgage Prequalifying and Preapproval section

June, 2006

Changes to Getting your Financial Picture in Focus

May, 2006

Article titled "Should We Build a House?"

Enhanced the Mortgage section with additional content

April, 2006

 More information on Finding a House

Revisions to the article on Negotiations

March, 2006

More content in the Mortgage Questions section

February, 2006

Revisions in the First Time Buyer's Section

January, 2006

Revised section on home buying step-by-step

November, 2005

Additional content in the homebuilding section

Information in the financial and budget pages

October, 2005

Minor Repairs and Improvements: Big Rewards

More information in the mortgage hints section

September, 2005

Additional content in the Tips on Saving Money section

August, 2005

Updates to the Mortgage section

Revisions to the article on buying "fixer-uppers"

July, 2005

Updates to the building a home section

New content on Your Home as an Investment

June, 2005

Changes to the moving checklist

More information in the appraisals page

May, 2005

Revisions on preparing to buy a home

 April, 2005

Additional information in the homeowner's insurance section

Modifications to the Homebuying Timeline

March, 2005

Article on Moving from Renter to Home Owner

Restructured and refined sections of the Home Buyer's Checklist

February, 2005

New content in the mortgage section

Additional information and resources in the Moving section

January, 2005

Additional content in Mortgage Hints

December, 2004

Article on Mortgages: The Big Picture

Revised content in the Mortgage Questions section

November, 2004

Additional content in Mortgage section

Information in the financial and budget pages

October, 2004

Article on Understanding CMAs (Comparative Market Analyses)

Additional discussion on setting the value on a home

September, 2004

More content in the First Time Buyer's Section

Additional information in Tips For Finding a Home

August, 2004

Made additional changes in the checklist

July, 2004

More content in the To-Do section

Additional information on the saving money section

June, 2004

New pages in the homebuilding section

More information in section on home buying step-by-step

May, 2004

More content in the mortgage mistakes section

Additional resources in the prequalification and preapproval section

April, 2004

Article on Buying for the Future

More information in the homebuilding section

Additional content in the agency section

Additions to the homeowner association page

March, 2004

More information in the contracts section

More content in mortgage hints

February, 2004

Additional content in the preparing to buy a home section

Changes to the To-Do List section

January, 2004

More content in the buying a house with credit problems page

New information in the mortgage section

Additional content in the Mortgage Prequalifying and Preapproval section

December, 2003

How to build equity in your home

 

 Modifications and additions to the checklist.

November, 2003

More questions in the Mortgage Questions section.

October, 2003

More information on the various sources of credit reports available online

Modified homebuying time-line

September, 2003

Section on home buying step-by-step

Content in the mortgage hints section

Information in the financial and budget pages

August, 2003

New section on preparing to buy a home

More information on the saving money section

July, 2003

Updates to the section devoted to building a home

Additional questions home buyers ask

June, 2003

Changes to the Buy or Rent? page

New content in the mortgage section

May, 2003

Article on buying "fixer-uppers"

Additional content for First Time Buyers

April, 2003

Additional content for the Checklist

More information on Setting a Value on a Home

March, 2003

New Quick links to resources

February, 2003

Article on avoiding major mortgage mistakes

Additional hints in the Mortgage Hints section

January, 2003

Additional content in the Tips on Saving Money section

December, 2002

Additional resources for building a home

Additional information and resources in the Moving section

November, 2002

More content in the Mortgage Questions section

October, 2002

Restructured and refined sections of the Home Buyer's Checklist

New article on Your Home as an Investment

September, 2002

Added a discussion of PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance)

August, 2002

New section added on understanding appraisals.

More questions in the Mortgage Questions section.

More questions in the Questions Home Buyers Ask section

July, 2002

New content in the final walk-through section

Printable PDF file of a walk-through checklist

June, 2002

Additional content and resources in the moving section

May, 2002

Additional resources for credit reports

Enhanced the Mortgage section with additional content

April, 2002

More content in the To-Do section

March, 2002

Understanding PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) in the newsletter

Additional hints in the Mortgage Hints section

February, 2002

The effects of credit on home buying

Additional content for the Checklist

January, 2002

More information in the homebuilding section

Enhanced the Mortgage section with additional content

December, 2001

Additional resources for building a home

November, 2001

Additional content in the Mortgage Prequalifying and Preapproval section

October, 2001

Additional content for First Time Buyers

September, 2001

Various sources of credit reports available online

Chart on mortgage qualifying ratios

Additional content in the Tips on Saving Money section

August, 2001

What you need to know about Title Insurance

July, 2001

Sample homebuying time-line

Quick links to resources

More content in the To-Do section

June, 2001

Hints for single homebuyers

May, 2001

Tips on buying a home with nothing down

More questions in the mortgage questions area

April, 2001

Added ability to anonymously search for Agents in the area in which you are interested.

Additional content for the Checklist

Additional content in the section devoted to finding a home

March, 2001

Additional content in the Tips on Saving Money section

More information on the Buyer Agency page

February, 2001

Additional hints in the Mortgage Hints section

January, 2001

Article on Mortgage rates at 18 month low

December, 2000

Buying a home in a changing economy

Additional content in "Quick Hints" section

October, 2000

More content in the To-Do section

September, 2000

Example of Settlement Good Faith Estimate

Additional content for the Checklist

August, 2000

Added search function on the Home Page

July, 2000

Links to mortgage resources in the Online Mortgage Loan Center

Additional information on Dealing With Rate Hikes

June, 2000

Redesign of the Mortgage Section, including links to all mortgage information

Added Loan Center with links to online mortgage sources

Additional content in the Inspection section. Resources for finding an inspector

May, 2000

Buying a home when you have had credit problems

Quick hints on buying a home

 April, 2000

Making a needs and wants checklist

Additional content for First Time Buyers

March, 2000

Enhanced the Mortgage section with additional content

New section on Choosing a Mortgage and a Mortgage Comparison Chart

New section on Canadian Mortgages

February, 2000

New section on Setting a Value on a Home

Example of a Sample Home Inspection Report

January, 2000

New page on using your IRA funds for a downpayment for a first home

Additional content in "Quick Hints" section

New recommended reading in the Bookstore

December, 1999

Added section on "Building User Friendly Homes" by Myron E. Ferguson

Additional content in the Mortgage section

November, 1999

Added section for First Time Buyers

Added section for Common Mistakes When Buying a House

Additional content in the Home Buying Questions section

October, 1999

Added Mortgage Tips section

Added Mortgage Questions section

Additional content for the Checklist

September, 1999

Added section written by Randy Johnson titled "Should I Pay Points?"

 

Additional content in the Homeowner's Insurance section

August, 1999

Added section on Tips on Saving Money in your budget

Added "Special Report" on dealing with interest rate increases

Added Glossary of Real Estate Terms

Additional content on the Questions page

July, 1999

Added Glossary of Mortgage Terms

Added Bookstore for recommended reading

Additional content for the Checklist

June, 1999

Added the Home Buyer's Newsletter

Added "Quick Hints"

Added extensive section devoted to Building a House

Added link to get a free copy of your Credit Report.

Additional content in To-Do Lists

May, 1999

Added section on Homeowners Insurance

Added Section on Housing Types

Additional content in Mortgage section

Additional items added to the Checklist

April, 1999

Added section on Mortgage Prequalification

Added Household Budget Section including worksheets

March, 1999

Additional content to sections on offers and contracts

Additional items added to the Checklist

February, 1999

Added section on Relocation

Added "Questions Home Buyers Ask" Section

Additional content on the Agency pages

January, 1999

Added the Mortgage Payment Calculator

Additional content in To-Do Lists

December, 1998

Added section devoted to Buyer Agency

Additional content in the Home Inspections section

November, 1998

Added section on Moving

Added Agent Locator ability

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