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Searching on your Own: Some Resources For House Hunting

Curbed University delivers insider tips and non-boring advice on how to buy, sell, or rent a home or apartment. Additional questions welcomed to our tipline.

The self-satisfaction derived from changing your own oil or painting your bedroom is only further bolstered by the money you save. You pay for the parts but you don’t pay for the labor. You get a little dirty but you save some money. You do it yourself.

The same idea can be applied to buying a house. Finding a house is even easier these days with the advent of this invention called the information superhighway. And while we know some urban explorers who would prefer to shut out the lights, the fact is that this whole newfangled Internet thing is actually quite useful. Websites such as Trulia.com, Zillow.com, and Craigslist.org have proven quite handy for budding homeowners. There’s even this amazing website called *nudgenudgewinkwink* Detroit.Curbed.com. Another option includes (gasp) talking to your neighbor and asking if they’ve heard of anything on the market. Of course for those of you more likely to raise llamas than you are clicking a mouse, there’s the old fashioned classified section in our city newspapers.

The point being that there’s a wealth of information at your fingertips (quite literally) just aching to be drawn from. If you empower yourself with real estate knowledge you won’t have to hire anyone to do it for you. Whoa, deep.