For anyone looking to purchase or sell a home, understanding how the system works and the terminology that goes with it could provide an edge.

The Web is a rich resource for homebuyers and sellers to navigate the process.

Here are a few sites that might prove useful:

Federal Trade Commission: Spotlights tips for selecting a real estate professional to sell a home. www.ftc.gov/bc/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/zrea01.shtm

Nolo: Discusses buying and selling a home, homeownership and more. www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/real-estate-rental-property

RealEstateABC.com: Features library with a variety of topic areas related to buying and selling homes. www.realestateabc.com

The Real Estate Library: Offers a number of real-estate tools for buyers and sellers. http://relibrary.com/main_page.asp