Buying and Selling

Call Number Author Title
643.12 Bray Bray, Ilona M. Nolo's essential guide to buying your first home.
643.12 Davis Davis, Sid. A survival guide for buying a home.
333.33 Irwin Irwin, Robert Tips & traps when negotiating real estate.
332.6324 Lereah Lereah, David A.  All real estate is local : what you need to know to profit in real estate-- in a buyer's and a seller's market
332.6324 Williamson   Williamson, Melanie  The everything guide to flipping houses : an all-inclusive guide to buying, renovating, selling 
643.12 Sherrod   Sherrod, Egypt  Keep calm... it's just real estate : your no-stress guide to buying a home 
643 Robinson  Litchfield, Michael W.  The complete guide to home inspection 
643.12 Holmes  Holmes, Mike The Holmes inspection : everything you need to know before you buy or sell your home 
332.722 Reed  Reed, David Mortgage confidential : what you need to know that your lender won't tell you 
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 Buying   Buying a home: The Better Business Bureau.
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.
643.12 Razzi Razzi, Elizabeth. Fearless home buyer.
643.12 Tyson Tyson, Eric. Home buying for dummies.
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


Building a Home

728.37 Louche  Louche, Dan  Tiny house design & construction guide : your guide to building a mortgage free, environmentally sustainable home 
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.
643.7 Davis Davis, Sid. Your eco-friendly home : buying, building, or remodeling green
692.8 Lester 2009   Lester, Kent The complete guide to contracting your home 
690.837 Ramsey 2007   Ramsey, Dan The complete idiot's guide to building your own home 
690.837 2006 Heldmann   Heldmann, Carl.  Be your own house contractor : save 25% without lifting a hammer 


Going Condo?

Call Number Author Title
643.12 Evans Evans, Denise L. How to buy a condominium or townhouse: Practical advice from a real estate expert
643.12 2007 Irwin Irwin, Robert.  Tips and traps when buying a condo, co-op, or townhouse


Financial and Legal Considerations

Call Number Author Title
332.722 Reed  Reed, David Mortgage confidential : what you need to know that your lender won't tell you 
Garton-Good, Julie. All about mortgages.
332.722 White  White, Brent T.  Underwater home : what should you do if you owe more on your home than it's worth? 
332.722 Holton  Holton, Lisa.  The everything guide to mortgages : find the perfect loan to finance the home of your dreams 
332.72 Tyson Tyson, Eric. Mortgages for dummies.

For e-Books, Audiobooks, and Streaming Videos on Home Ownership, browse Overdrive, Hoopla, and Credo.
Magazines & Newspapers

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

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

Digital Magazines

Did you know you can access current and back issues of popular magazines with your library card and Zinio? Download the Zinio app on your mobile device or read in your computer's browser. No holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.
Look here first for more info


Minuteman Library Network databases can be used from the library computers, or from home if you live in Framingham.

Home Improvement Collection. Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

Consumer Reports. Provides ratings, recommendations and advice on consumer products and services.

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection. A collection of more than 80 journals focused on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture, with the addition of over 20 subject specific reference sources from Delmar, this collection provides information for gardening enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Credo. CREDO is a user-friendly search engine designed to help with research on thousands of topics. Just enter your search query (as you would in Google), and CREDO instantly scans millions of entries from over 70 publishers. Consider it your own private online reference library. Search results are drawn from the entire research collection, including images and sound files, enabling you to get relevant answers from a number of sources at once. Each reference title can also be accessed individually. New editions and new book titles are added regularly.
Titles of interest in Credo:
Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement, 2009
Teach Yourself: Master Basic DIY, 2010
Handy Answer: The Handy Personal Finance Answer Book, 2012


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 "Home, Family and Veterans" , then "Home Ownership." In this section, you'll find information about selling and building under "Buying a Home in Massachusetts." First time home buyer information is here.
The Department of Revenue has info on every community in Massachusetts here.

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

Buying a Home Real Estate

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.

We Can Help

For professional assistance locating the information you need:

  • Telephone the Main Library Reference Department at 508-532-5570, extension 4361.  
  • Email your questions through our Ask A Librarian page. 
  • Visit the Main Library or the McAuliffe Branch for free access to the Internet and databases, and for assistance with research. 

To arrange a speaker or a group tour highlighting the library's practical information resources, call 508-532-5570, ext 4347, or email Michelle LeMonde-McIntyre at