There may be nothing more fun than spending a weekend hopping from one open house to the next. You don't have to have big money to step inside the house of your dreams, with every sparkling upgrade you can imagine.
You take your time walking from one well-appointed room to the next. The great room has a giant-screen TV and a fire crackling in the fireplace. The upstairs bedrooms are grand, with big, neat beds, hardwood floors and each with more space than your first apartment.
Of course, the fun of those open houses is that you're under no pressure to buy anything. However, there's a useful side to exploring home for sales, too, if you really want to see what you can afford, or how much homes in your neighborhood are worth.
These days, you can also find that out virtually, on sites like Zillow. It's a fun site to explore that you can get lost in for hours. But the heart of Zillow, home prices, is simple and right on its homepage.