Third Party Resources

Mortgage Bankers Association of America Consumer Information
The Mortgage Bankers Association of America is the preeminent association representing the real estate finance industry. Their consumer information site contains several tools and guides to aid in purchasing or refinancing a home.

Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
Download books on credit, home buying, landlording in PDF format, all for free.

Homebuyer Education by Freddie Mac
Freddie Mac is a publicly held corporation chartered by Congress to increase the supply of funds that mortgage lenders, such as commercial banks, mortgage bankers, savings institutions and credit unions, can make available to homebuyers and multifamily investors. This Freddie Mac site offers a step-by-step tutorial on the home buying decision process and the mortgage application process. 

U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD provides helpful information and booklets on home buying, mortgages, and FHA programs, available for download on their website or in print by mail.

Federal Reserve Board Consumer Information
The Federal Reserve Board maintains a web page with consumer information, including a section on home mortgages. The section covers topics such as finding the best mortgage and understanding ARMs.

United States Postal Service Official Movers Guide
What happens after you complete the purchase process? This U.S. Postal Service site provides all kinds of tools and tips to help make the moving process easier.

Great Schools Guide
If you have a family and are looking to move, Great Schools.net offers information on public, private, and parochial schools in all 50 states for grades K-12.  

Cardweb
The best resource for credit cards online. Easily find the credit card that's right for you.

Understanding Your Credit Score from Fair Issac
A free 18-page guide about your credit score. Helpful and easy to understand.

Annual Credit Report
Get your free annual credit report online--quick, easy, and secure.

National Arbor Day
Do something positive for America.  National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April.  Plant a tree in your new home.

Investments.mn
Financial planning information and stock quotes.

Search For Twin Cities Real Estate

This is my real estate website.  I  have a ton of information that is useful to the prospective homeowner or first time buyer.  Go there and start your online search via the MLS.