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"If you are considering buying a home, don't fail to read this excellent new book." Robert J. Bruss, Syndicated Real Estate Columnist "This is a reference you'll turn to time after time." St. Petersburg Times Praise for Home Buying For Dummies®
"Invaluable information, especially for the first time home buyer." Fort Worth Star-Telegram "A favorite
. Fun reading and informative." Minneapolis Star Tribune "Objective, down-to-earth
. A book I wish I'd read before purchasing my first lemon-of-a-home." Wilmington News Journal
America's bestselling real estate book!
Packed with tips on how to negotiate a great deal
Bewildered by real estate mumbo jumbo? Relax! From getting your finances in order to bidding on a property and closing the deal, bestselling real estate authors Eric Tyson and Ray Brown walk you through the entire home-buying process and show you step-by-step how to come out on top.
Discover how to: Determine how much home you can afford Select the right type of mortgage Work with agents, brokers, lenders, and lawyers Research neighborhoods and home values Negotiate the best price and terms
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Are you considering making one of the largest investments of your life -- buying a home? Do you get headaches thinking about budgets, mortgage calculations, inpsections, and appraisals? Well, there's no need to stress!
Home Buying For Dummies™ takes the trauma out of buying a home and provides you with expert tips, advice, and suggestions for all aspects of buying a home. With sound financial advice from Eric Tyson, bestselling author of Personal Finance For Dummies® and Investing For Dummies™, and frontline real estate insights from real estate veteran Ray Brown, you'll have the tools and resources at your fingertips to make the right decisions.
Inside, you'll find advice on how to:
- Assess your financial picture and determine how buying a home fits into it
- Determine how much money you need for a down payment, taxes, closing costs, and insurance
- Select the best mortgage for you
- Research neighborhoods and home values to avoid paying too much
- Understand the pros and cons of buying different types of housing
- Assemble the right team to help you put the deal together
- Negotiate the best price and terms
About the Author
Eric Tyson, MBA, is a financial counselor and the author of bestselling For Dummies® books on personal finance, investing, and taxes. Ray Brown, a real estate professional for 25 years, hosts a popular real estate radio show in San Francisco.
Table of Contents
PART I: Home Economics.
Chapter 1: To Buy or Not to Buy, That Is the Question.
Chapter 2: Getting Your Financial House in Order.
Chapter 3: What Can You Afford to Buy?
Chapter 4: Why Home Prices Rise and Fall.
PART II: Financing 101.
Chapter 5: Selecting a Mortgage.
Chapter 6: Mortgage Quandaries, Conundrums, and Paperwork.
PART III: Property, Players, and Prices.
Chapter 7: Where and What to Buy.
Chapter 8: Your Real Estate Team.
Chapter 9: What's It Worth?
PART IV: Let the Game Begin.
Chapter 10: Negotiating to Get What You Want.
Chapter 11: Protecting Your Home.
Chapter 12: It Ain't Over Till the Weight-Challenged Escrow Officer Sings.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 13: Ten Financial "Musts" After You Buy.
Chapter 14: Ten Things to Know When Investing in Real Estate.
Chapter 15: Ten Things to Consider When Selling Your Home.
PART VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Sample Real Estate Purchase Contract.
Appendix B: Example of a Good Inspection Report.
Appendix C: Glossary.
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