For an excellent consumer guide through the entire process of making, what is for most, the biggest investment of their life, home buyers should check out the federal government’s HUD web site at for topics such as “How to buy a home” “How to get a mortgage” “Building a home” and many more. This HUD page has more links to other useful tools, such as mortgage calculators and calculators to determine how much house you can afford. If you are interested in tapping the equity you have in an existing home, check out the National Center for Home Equity Conversion and its information

For building a home, consumers should also go directly to the great consumer web pages of the National Association of Home Builders For the definitive consumer guide on remodeling your home, see NAHB’s Remodelor’s Council.

Making Home Affordable is a key part of the Obama Administration’s effort to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. If you are struggling with your monthly mortgage payments or have already missed a payment, now is the time to take action. Start today by learning more about the options available to you by

For more useful consumer information, visit:, the Web site of the Connecticut Home Builders Association, the Web site of the National Home Builders Association