Well my brain is in overload. With the job offer from Maryland Josh and I have been doing a lot of research about the area and the offer. I came out of the library the other day with a big arm load of books on job offers, credit scores, morgages, house hunting, etc. We've also been doing a lot of research online. I have learned A TON but I know there is so much more we need to figure out before we dive into anything. I've got a lot of reading still ahead of me.
Some of the websites that I have found very helpful include:
http://www.zillow.com/ is a real estate website that gives you the values of surrounding houses and lets you search a map for homes for sale in your price range. It also gives a simple overveiw of the area. It is a very user friendly site.
http://www.homefair.com/ I have yet to explore all that this website has but today I used their salary calculator which showed me what the median salary was for a job nationwide compared with a specific area. (I was able to compare salaries between here and baltimore). They also have a cost of living calculator and school reports.
http://www.city-data.com/ has a webpage for most every city in the country. Includes statistics about the residents, cost of living, income, schools, etc. There are a lot of graphs and charts. They also have a helpful forum.
Are there any resources you have used and would suggest to hlelp with buying your first home, relocation, etc?