Synopses & Reviews
From the most trusted name in real estate: the indispensable guide that helps first-time buyers land the home of their dreams. Now revised and updated for today's marketplace.
¸ How do I know if my broker is doing a good job? (See question #18.)
¸ How should I decide how much to offer for a home? (See question #29.)
¸ How does the negotiation process work? (See question #37.)
¸ How much of a down payment will I need to buy my home? (See question #61.)
¸ What are the different types of mortgages available? (See question #75.)
¸ What if I'm rejected for my loan? (See question #86.)
¸ What exactly is the closing? And where is it held? (See question #89.)
¸ Will I need homeowner's insurance? What should it cover? (See question #93.)
What's new in this edition?
Internet resources for home buyers: Where to shop for a loan on the web, how to apply online for a mortgage, and how to contact the agency that regulates real estate brokers and mortgage lenders in your state
Tax laws and what they mean to you: Why the Taxpayer Relief Act is a windfall for homeowners, and how you can take full advantage of it
Buying new construction: How to compare developers and negotiate the best deal
The competitive mortgage market: How to find a reputable lender, how to find a true zero-down loan, and what service premiums tell you about your loan
About the Author
Ilyce R. Glink is an award-winning real estate and personal-finance specialist. Millions of people coast to coast read her weekly real estate column, "Real Estate Matters," and listen to her radio shows Real Estate USA and The Real Estate Minute. Her hundreds of other radio and television appearances have included the Today show and Oprah. She is the home and mortgage expert for Quicken.com, and hosts a weekly Internet chat. The National Association of Real Estate Editors has acknowledged her outstanding contributions to the field by naming her Best Consumer Reporter. Ilyce and her family live outside Chicago; you can visit her online at ThinkGlink.com.