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Before you can scope real estate for sale, you need to select a community. In doing so, you'll want to learn as much as you can about real estate appraisals in the area, local schools, and services as possible beforehand. One of the best ways to get to really know a community is to read its local paper. Even small-town newspapers host Web sites these days, or you can actually subscribe to the paper. You'll receive hard copies of each issue by mail a couple days late, but it is still a great resource. Another good idea to familiarize yourself with potential neighborhoods is the local chamber of commerce, which should be able to mail you a relocation packet on your request. Your real estate agent should also be able to provide you with a welcome kit, maps, and other information on prospective neighborhoods.