Reach out to your agent and see if they can send you some places.
Ask your realtor to send you a market analysis of the area your looking in.
Zillow is a free site to use. If your property is on the MLS it will automatically show up on here.
If your personal situation will be better off with you selling now thats what I would do. Yes it sucks to take a loss but you will make gains off buying now in a market that will be on its way up for a while. Plus with interest rates stating to climb waiting could really cost you in a few years. A lot more than if you made your move.
A good Realtor familiar with these types of properties will be able to help you out. They will also have access to a more comprehensive list of properties for you.
Depends if the numbers make sense to you. Assessments normally only go up, very rarely do they ever go down.
Speak to a few different lenders and I would also talk to a credit expert to see if they can help fix your credit quickly. Let me know if you would like a recommendation for a good credit person.
The only way you can get specific on a search is through the multiple listing service. A realtor can help set this up for you. Reach out and interview a few agents and pick the best one to represent you and have them work to set you up on a more specific property search.
Yes. Closing costs are the costs associated with closing on the property, down payment is just for your loan.
You can finance it. Unless you are told otherwise you should be ok.