This link will take you to USDA Rural Development’s Property  Eligibility website so you can determine if the home you are interested in qualifies for a Rural Development Loan.  (Rural Development Loans are one of the few 100% financing programs still available.  There are income and property requirements associated with this type of mortgage.  Be sure to talk to your loan officer to see if you qualify.)

U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Settlement Costs Booklet explains the home-buying process, what a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) is, and what the various charges on the GFE are for.

Sample Good Faith Estimate

8 Scenarios that Affect Mortgage Qualification

14 Things to Consider Before Buying a Home (courtesy of the National Association of REALTORS®)

Rent vs. Buy Calculator

U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Guide to Avoid Foreclosure

Home Buyer’s Handbook — A guide to the home buying process

TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) Sex Offender Registry — search to see if sex offenders live in the neighborhood you are looking to move to

Crime Statistics for Tennessee by County

Homebuyer Education through THDA (Tennessee Housing Development Agency)

Rankings for Schools in Tennessee

Another site that ranks schools in Tennessee  —  Type in an address and see what restaurants, gas stations, shopping is within walking distance — An online urban city guide that helps people find cool places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play, based on the informed opinions of a vibrant and active community of locals in the know. Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review and talk about what’s great — and not so great — in your world.

Online property tax search and bill paying site for Tennessee

Search Warranty Deeds, Trust Deeds, etc.  This site does require registration and a credit card to pay per document you wish to download.

Google Earth –Fly to any place around the world, see 3D buildings, imagery, and terrain, find cities, places, and local businesses

 Lead Based Paint Booklet

Jefferson County Tax Maps / GIS

Knox County Tax Maps / GIS

Sevier County Tax Maps / GIS

Information about Mold

Tennessee Assessment Site

Find Your School Bus Zone (Hamblen County only)

Tennessee State Parks

Historic Sites in Tennessee

TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transportation)

Renew your Tennessee Driver’s License, Change Your Address, or Order Duplicate License

Tennessee City and County Websites