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Resources for Home Buyers & Sellers 

Chicago Real Estate

Chicago Real Estate - Chicago Real Estate Information. New homes and MLS database online.

Mortgage Related Sites

Illinois Association of Mortgage Brokers Code of Ethics, List of Members and Mortgage Related Information.

Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association Code of Ethics, List of Members and Mortgage Related Information.

Community Bankers of Illinois Consumer Mortgage, Finance & Free ATM Information.

Mortgage News, Information and Rates Find a Local Lender, Rate Comparison Shopping and Mortgage Calculator.

Get Smart.com Financial and Mortgage Information Shop Mortgages, Financial Market Place and Other Financial Services.
 

Mortgage Related Agency Sites

IHDA/Illinois Housing Development Authority  Help for Home Buyers and Current Mortgage Rates on Special Programs.

HUD/FHA Home Buyer Information

Fannie Mae Sponsored On-Line Home Path to a Home of Your Own.

Freddie Mac Mortgage News, Statistics, Rates and Home Buyer News & Information.

Freddies Mac "A Consumer Home Inspection Kit" 51 page guide in PDF format

Mortgage Loans and Refinancing Nation Wide Directory
 

Real Estate Services Sites

Nationwide Network of Appraisers

The #1 Real Estate Directory This site if full of great links for every service you can think of related to Real Estate.

National Association of Realtors View Real Estate Listings Nationwide. Information on Buying, Selling, Moving and Owning a Home. Find a Neighborhood, Home, or Local Lender.

Homes for Sale by Owners View Listings of Home Buyers and Sellers or List Your Home for Sale.

For Sale By Owner Real Estate FSBO Real Estate postings and resources for buying and selling a home. 

Real Estate Top 100 Sites World's best Real Estate, Property and Home related websites ranked according to the popularity.

Real Estate Regional Real Estate listing, home for sale, apartment rental, buying a home, selling a home, real estate agents and more.
 

Home Remodeling, Building Sites, Pest Control, Radon, EPA

 Home Builder Directory

List of Chicago Area Roofing Contractors

Home Builders & Construction Directory

Builders for new construction and remodeling How To and Product Information plus Old House Journal and Design Ideas.

Home Improvement Contractors America's Home Improvement Resource Center with Prescreened Professionals for Hire. Areas with Great Ideas and Tools, Planning and Budget Helper plus Fix and Maintain Help.

Pest Magazine Web Site Extensive information on typical household pests and wood destroying insects. You will also find many helpful links to other pest related resources.

National Pest Control Association Great information on pest identification and remedies. Wood destroying insect information.

Radon Detection Specialists Radon data by town and help information.

Old House Journal The original restoration magazine with many tips and resources for restoration.

National Lead Information Clearinghouse

EPA Environmental Protection Agency Information on Mold, Asbestos, Lead, Pesticides, Radon and many other concerns.


GENERAL
Explanations of How Stuff Works
Home Risk - Seismic Evaluation
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)- Myths and Facts
State Home Inspector Regulatory Legislation
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

APPLIANCES
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

ATTIC
Vermiculite Insulation

BUILDING CODES
International Code Council
National Electric Code
Electric Code Information and Forum
U.S. Energy Codes

CHIMNEYS
Chimney Safety Institute of America
Rumford Fireplaces

CONCRETE
American Concrete Institute

ELECTRICAL
Aluminum Wiring- CPSC
Aluminum Wiring- Inspect-NY
Arc-Fault Protection- CPSC (PDF)
Mike Holt
Federal Pacific Components- Code Check
How does a GFCI Outlet Work?
How Circuit Breakers Work

EXTERIOR
Painting- Sherwin-Williams
Decks- Deck Magazine

FIRE SAFETY
Fire Safety
National Fire Protection Assn (NFPA)
U.S. Fire Administration
Fire & Wildfire News

HEATING AND COOLING
ASHRAE
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Plumbing Heating & Cooling Contractors Assn
HVAC Talk
How Does a Heat Pump Work?
Federal Citizen Info Center on Heat Pumps
Flexible Ductwork- Air Diffusion Council
HVAC Venting- GAMA
Easy Heat Inc.- Radiant heating

INTERIOR CONCERNS
National Kitchen and Bath Association
American Lighting Association
American Indoor Air Quality Council

LOG HOMES
Log Home Info

MANUFACTURED HOMES
Manufactured Housing Institute
How to Buy a Manufactured Home

MOLD
EPA Mold Guide
National Association of Home Builders Mold Tips
National Center for Environmental Health

PLUMBING
The Plumber.Com
Polyethylene Pipe
PlumbNet
LOVE Plumbing & Remodel- Tips & Expert Advice

ROOFING
Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association
Metal Roofing Alliance
National Roofing Contractors Association
Roofing Contractor Online Magazine
American Cemwood Cement/Wood Fiber Shakes Lawsuit
Masonite Claims
RoofHelp.Com

SEPTIC SYSTEMS
How Septic and Sewer Systems Work

SIDING
Brick Industry Association
Masonite Hardboard Siding Lawsuits
ABITIBI Lawsuits
Louisiana Pacific InnerSeal Siding Lawsuits
Weyerhouser Hardboard Siding Lawsuits
Vinyl Siding Institute

SYNTHETIC STUCCO (EIFS)
Synthetic Stucco: EIFS Alliance
Exterior Design Institute
DRYVIT Settlement

TERMITES & WOOD DESTROYING ORGANISMS
National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
Orkin Termite Identification Guide
Boric Acid Based Termidicides
Entomology Search Engine- Iowa State U.
Controlling Termites & Carpenter Ants- U of Mass

WATER HEATERS
General Information and Troubleshooting
Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves
Thermal Expansion Devices

WINDOWS
American Architectural Manufacturers Assn (AAMA)
National Fenestration Rating Council


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