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Consumer and Home Buying Resources

Buying a home is a big decision and one of the most important transactions a person will make in his or her life. Fortunately, REALTORS® are dedicated professionals with valuable insight to help guide and advise through the entire process. They bring knowledge and experience to make this big purchase less scary and overwhelming.

Homeownership is vital to our economy and to ensuring safe neighborhoods. It helps our communities thrive and impacts our schools. As the leading organization that safeguards Missouri real property rights, Missouri REALTORS® make the dream of homeownership a reality for Missourians every day.

Use these resources to help you become more knowledgeable about the home buying process and when you are ready, enlist a REALTOR® to help you achieve the American Dream of homeownership!


Home Buying Online Courses

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Welcome to the home buying experience. The decision to purchase a home is likely one of the most important decisions you will make. It will probably be one of the largest financial transactions you will make in your lifetime. Planning and careful study can insure that your home purchase is a wise decision personally and financially.

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Home Buying Resources and Information

This Tax Code That Benefits You Is at Risk. Don’t Let Congress Change It!

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It’s important to stay in touch and know what your government is doing when it comes to issues that impact your home and your wallet.  Section 1031 of the U.S. Tax Code lets those who invest proceeds from the sale of non-homestead properties in similar or ‘like kind’ properties defer paying tax on the profit.

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Your credit score comes from several pieces of information about you.

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Your credit score comes from several pieces of information about you, including whether you make payments on time and how much you spend. Nowadays just about everyone, from landlords to lenders, judges you based on your credit score.

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Real Estate Acronyms & Abbreviations

Real Estate Acronyms and Abbreviations


When buying or selling a home, you may feel confused about the different terms and acronyms used in the real estate industry. To make the process a little easier, we have created a guide to help explain some of the common abbreviations used.

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Why use a REALTOR®?

Why you should always use a REALTOR®


Buying or selling a home is a huge milestone, one that comes with many exciting changes and lots of new memories to be made. When handling such a large transaction and making such a monumental decision, it is best to partner up with a professional.

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Is “Placemaking” Coming Soon To A Neighborhood Near You?

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In a few words, Placemaking is a community-driven, bottom-up approach to turn under utilized spaces into vibrant places for all residents. It can be as simple as a community garden, or as complex as a historical walking trail with signs, benches, and cafes. The key is collaboration.

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Help Keep Homeowner’s Insurance Affordable…

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As natural disasters are occurring more frequently, it's important to insure your home to protect yourself and your investment. It is important to understand your homeowner's insurance policy to keep costs down and have proper coverage.

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How to Find the Right REALTOR® for You!

Find the Right REALTOR® for You


Everyone imagines walking into their dream house, but they rarely think of all the steps it takes to find that perfect home. Before you can find the right house, you must find the right REALTOR®.

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What’s the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a REALTOR®?

A REALTOR® is a trademarked term that refers to a real estate agent who is an active member of National Association of REALTORS®


To many, the terms “real estate agent” and “REALTOR®” are thought of as synonymous.  Using the terms interchangeably is an honest mistake, one that even industry professionals make on occasion. But the reality is that “real estate agent” and “REALTOR®” are two different titles with different meanings.  

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