Home Buying

Gathering Information

Where to even start? In the information age that we live in, your options for real estate research and learning can be a bit overwhelming. There are many great resources and communities to connect with other home buyers and sellers to find the answers to questions big and small. This website and newspaper column would like to consider ourselves one of them. Trusting your sources can be half the difficulty, however, so a big part of the real estate buying or selling process can be finding people and sources of information that you trust.

As important as buying a home can be, it is important to gather information from as many different sources as you can. But often the best source can be the home seller and agent themselves. Real estate deals have many layers, but often times open communication is the best recipe for a successful real estate transaction.

What is the definition of real estate? How does it work? It may be helpful to you to have a good foundation. Click here to learn the details.

Let’s look at some specific questions sent in by DearMonty readers from across the country. Read more Q&A articles about the “Gathering Information” stage of the Home Buying process:

  1. Who pays the real estate commission?

    Reader Question: We are starting to explore buying our first home. We have attended several open houses and spoken to several real estate agents. One of the questions we have asked is who pays the real estate commission. It is a question to which we have received different answers. In discussion with family members and […]

    February 29, 2020
  2. Should we own a home, or not?

    Reader Question: Should we own a home, or not? We have been married for six years. We have rented till now and have saved enough for a twenty-percent down payment with a tidy reserve. A variety of concerns make us wonder if we should buy a home. The economy appears to be doing well, but underfunded […]

    March 10, 2019
  3. What is a housing cooperative?

    Readers Question: What is a housing cooperative? Monty’s Answer: When researching for a housing cooperative here are five tips. A housing cooperative is a form of ownership that creates an interest in an abode through stock ownership in a company, as opposed to a deed to a parcel of real estate. It could also be […]

    March 4, 2019
  4. Are there country-wide real estate agents?

    Reader Question: My wife and I are getting closer to retirement, and we can go anywhere we want in the USA. We want to find the right lake or mountain home. I am looking for a single agent/source to help us find what we want anywhere in the USA. I am discovering that real estate […]

    February 22, 2019