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Selected Books

Buying and Selling
Call Number Author Title
643.12 2006 Eldred Eldred, Gary W. The 106 common mistakes homebuyers make: And how to avoid them.
643.12 Glink Glink, Ilyce R. Buy, close, move in! : how to navigate the new world of real estate--safely and profitably--and end up with the home of your dreams
643.12 Courtney Courtney, Richard. Buyers are liars & sellers are too!: The truth about buying or selling your home.
643.12 Buying Buying a home.
643.12 Buying Buying a home: The Better Business Bureau.
643.12 Evans Evans, Greg A carpenter's advice on buying a home: Brief, concise, practical, how to choose quality.
332.6324 Clark Clark, Howard. Clark smart real estate: The ultimate guide to buying and selling real estate.
346.04 Warda Warda, Mark The complete book of real estate contracts.
643.12 Richmond Richmond, Peter A. The complete idiot's guide to buying a home.
  Severance, Katie. The complete idiot's guide to selling a home.
643 Stone Stone, Barry. The consumer advocate's guide to home inspection: Avoiding the nightmare of purchasing a money pit.
333.338 2006 Masters Masters, Shahri. The everything homeselling book.
643.12 Razzi Razzi, Elizabeth. Fearless home buyer.
643.12 Wedlick Wedlick, Dennis. Good house hunting: 20 steps to your dream home.
643.12 McCrea McCrea, Bridget. The home buyer's question and answer book.
643.12 Tyson Tyson, Eric. Home buying for dummies.
643 Becker Becker, Norman. Home inspection checklists: 111 illustrated checklists and worksheets you need before buying a home.
643.12 Davis Davis, Sid Home makeovers that sell: Quick and easy ways to get the highest possible price.
643.12 Wills Wills, Gerri. Home rich: Increasing the value of the biggest investment of your life.
643.12 Osborne Osborne, Starr C. Home staging that works : sell your home in less time for more money
LITERACY LIFE 643.12 How How to buy your own home.
643.12 Inspecting Inspecting a house: A guide for buyers, owners, and renovators.
643.12 Bray Bray, Ilona M. Nolo's essential guide to buying your first home.
643.12 2005 Glink Glink, Ilyce R. 100 questions every first-time home buyer should ask: With answers from top brokers from around the country.
643.12 Davis Davis, Sid. A survival guide for buying a home.
333.33 Irwin Irwin, Robert Tips & traps when negotiating real estate.
Building a Home
Call Number Author Title
690.837 Salant Salant, Katherine. The brand-new house book: Everything you need to know about planning, designing, and building a custom, semi-custom, or production-built house.
728.37 Eck Eck, Jeremiah. The distinctive home: A vision of timeless design
728.37 Dickinson Dickinson, Duo. The house you build: Making real-world choices to get the home you want.
690.837 DeCristoforo
DeCristoforo, R. J.. Housebuilding: A do-it-yourself guide.
690.837 Scutella Scutella, Richard M. How to plan, contract, and build your own home.
728.37 Jacobson Jacobson, Max. Patterns of home: The ten essentials of enduring design.
747 Conran Conran, Terence. The ultimate house book.
690.837 Johnston Johnston, Amy. What the "experts" may not tell you about--building or renovating your home.
643.7 Davis Davis, Sid. Your eco-friendly home : buying, building, or remodeling green
643.12 Fields Fields, Alan. Your new house: The alert consumer's guide to buying and building a quality home.
Financial and Legal Considerations
Call Number Author Title
Garton-Good, Julie. All about mortgages.
332.722 Reed Reed, David. Mortgage confidential: What you need to know that your lender won't tell you. 
332.72 Tyson Tyson, Eric. Mortgages for dummies.

Magazines and Newspapers

The Boston Sunday Globe contains real estate advertisements and has even more listings.

Fine Homebuilding is a magazine that focuses on home construction and remodeling.

The Metrowest Daily News
offers a homebuying supplement on Fridays, or visit



Overview; Choosing a Massachusetts Community

Massachusetts Government.
The state site has a plethora of information and tips on buying and building homes, including information about local communities. From the home page select "Residents," then "Housing." In this section, you'll find information about selling and building under "Buying a Home." Choose "Housing Assistance Programs" to find out about help for low-income and first-time homebuyers. "Deciding Where to Live" provides links to information about Massachusetts communities.

Massachusetts Department of Education
Links to school district profiles, testing results, and charter school information.

Massachusetts Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
Look up reported hazardous waste sites and oil leaks by street and city.

Buying a Home Real Estate
Weekly Boston Globe list of houses and condominiums for sale. From the Real Estate page, you can use the Recent Sales feature to locate Massachusetts real estate sales records from 1987 to date.
Search for houses, condominiums, and real estate agents throughout the United States, based on criteria you select. Maintained by the National Association of Realtors.

Fannie Mae's Homepath
Lots of help for homebuyers, including help finding lenders and information on mortgages. Check the calculator section to calculate your buying power using a tool that allows you to view different financial scenarios.
Up-to-date mortgage rates from over 4000 financial institutions.

Building a Home

Town of Framingham Zoning Bylaws 

Massachusetts State Building Code

American Institute of Architects
Architectural news and a database to search for architects.

Homeowners Against Deficit Dwellings
For the homebuilder who has encountered problems or wants to avoid them: a list of builders and any complaints filed against them, information about faulty materials and techniques, articles about home construction.

Websites change! Please email us if you have difficulty with a site on this list. We'll try to identify and correct the problem.


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  • Visit the Main Library or the McAuliffe Branch for free access to the Internet and databases, and for assistance with research. 

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updated December 2010

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