Only by following economic changes can one spot trends and plan ahead. Interpersonal skills – managing time, listening more and talking less – are invaluable.
A slight curiosity about the nuances of law broadens one's thinking. A basic awareness of design and construction serves as an aid to staging and marketing real estate. A small interest in mortgage financing becomes a tool to enable purchases. Absorbing the rudiments of appraising, a complicated effort that is unequally both art and science, improves analysis.
ARTS & SCIENCES
MassGIS developed this interesting tool for viewing property and tax information, and for measuring distances and area.
World Resources Institute has produced its independent and non-partisan platform for displaying the state of the planet and its inhabitants. In one place, you find hundreds of peer-reviewed data sets collected from established sources.
Real estate is place. International real estate is about other places where people, their customs and viewpoints are rooted. Know their geographies.
BORROW & TAX
Credit freezes and credit locks differ, but each provides important protections and are fairly simple to implement. Credit freezes are free and, because they're federally guaranteed, provide stiffer legal protections than locks.
Credit locks are easier for consumers to manage, but they can carry a monthly charge as a voluntary service of the credit bureau. Both block access to your credit report, provide a safeguard against identity theft, and may reduce junk mail.
Freeze or lock each of your 3 credit reports by contacting each of these nationwide credit bureaus:
Learn from the sources about deductibility for homeownership, home office, rentals, much more.
Authoritative site presenting explanations to promote intelligent borrowing decisions.
Comprehensive site containing a huge amount of information for different levels of understanding. Stick to the top of the Home page for its library, calculators, lenders and rates. Everything most of us want to know is there.
CIVICS & COMMUNITY
ECONOMICS & LAW
An aggregator of data collected from other sources.
Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies generates a remarkable range of analyses. This is just one example.
Actually a suite of indices measuring the movement of single-family house prices. So as not to be overwhelmed, let yourself be guided by its FAQs. There are tables, graphs, and maps. Of particular interest to most of us is the purchase-only index.
Helpful resource that educates and informs but is NOT meant to serve as legal advice.
HAZARDS & RISKS
A child whose blood contains 10 µg/dl (micrograms per deciliter) or greater is lead-poisoned.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends fixing a home where radon levels measure 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) or higher. However, the World Health Organization recommends remediation at a lower 2.7 pCi/L.
ORGANIZATIONS & REGULATORS
Of special interest to professional real property and personal property appraisers.