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Helpful homeowner / potential homeowner sites

Helpful homeowner / potential homeowner sites

Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

by TERRI GRUCA / KVUE News

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Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 15 at 9:01 AM

Money Magazine recently put together a list of the 20 best money-saving web sites. I thought I would share some of the sites I thought were really terrific for homeowners or potential homeowners.

You may think your home improvement project sounds easy but diyornot.com helps you compare the time and the cost of a project by doing it yourself or hiring a contractor. The couple who runs the site collects data from retailers and contractor price lists.

And if you decide to go ahead and try a project on your own check out Do it yourself.com. This site gives you step-by-step instructions and in some cases videos for almost any home improvement project.

Thought I’d share this next site because it provides great information for anyone in the market to buy a home. It can even give you a good snapshot of what’s happening in your neighborhood if you’re looking to sell. Trulia.com lets you search a particular area then shows you how much the prices on those homes have dropped. It also lets you see how the price of a home compared to similar homes or those in the neighborhood. It’ll also tell you the nearby schools.

At Neighborhoodscout.com you can punch in a particular address or zip code and find out which neighborhoods have homes that are appreciating. You can also compare neighborhoods based on crime rates, quality schools or whether they are a good place for retirees. Click on the match tab on this site and you can punch in an address for a property you like and it will find a similar property in a different community.

Want a neighborhood where you can walk to shops or restaurants? Check out walkscore.com.

For a look at the other great web sites Money Magazine mentions go here.

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