Who to talk to about buying a home?
April 27, 2009 8:46 AM Subscribe
Who is the best person to give me information on the housing market?
My partner and I are looking into buying a home. Not being experts in real estate, we'd like to have someone to consult with on basic questions about the current housing market, including the best places to buy property in Northern California (or beyond) and the legal and financial aspects of buying a home, including paying cash vs. getting a mortgage. The thing is, we don't really know who to talk to about these things.
Our first thought would be to talk to a real estate agent, but we have two concerns: 1) that a real estate agent would have a vested interest in talking us into buying, and 2) that any real estate agent we talked to would not have sufficient experience about the market outside of their "neighborhood".
Where should we go for objective and helpful advice on the housing market and the particulars of buying a house?