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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.

Nolo: Discusses buying and selling a home, homeownership and more. Features library with a variety of topic areas related to buying and selling homes.

The Real Estate Library: Offers a number of real-estate tools for buyers and sellers.