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Personal Finance: Real Estate

ALA Recommended Books


American Library Association.  Financial Literacy in Public Libraries: A Guide for Building Collections.
      My thanks go to ALA for inventing this wheel for me.

Thrall Library's Links for Investors.

CFPB's list of financial educational resources

Additional Books



  • Buying a Home   Instructional guide from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Find a Housing Counselor   Find a federally approved agent for various independent housing services.
  • How Much House Can I Afford?   A calculator to help determine the maximum-price home you can afford based on your financial circumstances and preferred location.
  • Making Home Affordable® Program   A federal government resource to assist struggling homeowners with avoiding foreclosure.
  • Mortgage Answers   A starting point for answering mortgage questions from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Mortgage Types   An overview on various mortgage type, with the pros and cons to decide which option is best for the consumer.
  • My Home   Freddie Mac’s resources to help consumers rent, buy, or maintain a home.
  • National Rent Affordability Calculator   A tool that lists available rentals in your preferred location that fit your monthly budget.
  • Rent vs. Buy   A guide from Freddie Mac that helps consumers decide if renting or buying is the right option.
  • Shopping for a Mortgage   Guidance from the Federal Trade Commission on what to look for in a mortgage.
  • Avoiding Foreclosure   Authoritative information from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for homeowners facing foreclosure.
  • Consumer Handbook on Adjustable-Rate Mortgages   An overview of adjustable-rate mortgages from the U.S. Federal Reserve Board.
  • Foreclosure Resource Center   A compendium of resources about foreclosure compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Includes consumer information, policy and regulatory information, and research.
  • Home Equity   Comprehensive information and resources on home equity from the National Council on Aging.
  • Mortgage Refinancing   A guide with calculators and worksheets from the Federal Reserve Board to help consumers make informed decisions about whether to refinance a home mortgage.
  • National Association of Realtors   Research and statistics about property markets in the United States and abroad.
  • Real Estate Finance Terms   A concise glossary of real estate investment terms.
  • Your Guide to Reverse Mortgages   Information on reverse mortgages from the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association.