A few months ago, NPR had a great piece on new mortgage-finding tools from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Many home buyers only talk to one lender. This can lead to a loss of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of the mortgage. It is well worth a borrower's time to research the best mortgage rate available.
Birmingham Public Library has several books to make your home buying experience easier.
Home Buying Kit for Dummies by Eric Tyson and Ray Brown
How to Have a Stress Free Mortgage : Insider Tips from a Certified Mortgage Broker to Help Save You Time, Money, and Frustration by Linda Fleischmann
Keep Calm... It's Just Real Estate : Your No-stress Guide to Buying a Home by Egypt Sherrod, host of Property Virgins