The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home, Second Edit Ion

The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home, Second Edit Ion

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This book offers the inside scoop ...for when you want more than the official line. No matter what your budget and taste, finding the perfect home is a daunting task. How do you even know where to start? Here you'll find the inside scoop on every step of the homebuying process - from calculating your budget to negotiating the deal and handling the closing. "The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home, Second Edition" gives savvy consumers like you a foolproof appraisal of which homebuying strategies work and which don't. This updated edition is perfect for first-time homebuyers and includes new information on using the Internet to find your home, buying condos, and utilizing government funding programs. It walks you through the entire homebuying process: from searching for a home, to making an offer, through the inspection, and on to the closing, you can be confident that your investment is sound.The guide also offers expanded coverage of the monetary issues involved in purchasing a home, including new means of determining creditworthiness and new types of available loans, as well as helping you decide how much home you can-and should-purchase. It offers vital information that other sources can't or won't reveal - from what really motivates sellers, brokers, loan officers, and other key players in the homebuying game, to how to work most effectively with your agent.The book contains: insider secrets on how to make real estate law work in your favor; money-saving techniques that show you how to take advantage of tax breaks and how to time your search to exploit seasonal variations in the market; time-saving tips on streamlining the homebuying process so you find the home you want as quickly as possible; the latest trends in homebuying, including up-to-date tips on using the Internet to find your home, a realtor, or a mortgage; and handy checklists and charts to help you determine your budget and stick to it.show more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 132.6 x 209.8 x 26.2mm | 462.67g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0764542486
  • 9780764542480

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The inside scoop . . .for when you want more than the official lineNo matter what your budget and taste, finding the perfect home is a daunting task. How do you even know where to start? Here you'll find the inside scoop on every step of the homebuying process-from calculating your budget to negotiating the deal and handling the closing.The Unofficial Guide(R) to Buying a Home, Second Edition gives savvy consumers like you a foolproof appraisal of which homebuying strategies work and which don't. This updated edition is perfect for first-time homebuyers and includes new information on using the Internet to find your home, buying condos, and utilizing government funding programs. It walks you through the entire homebuying process: from searching for a home, to making an offer, through the inspection, and on to the closing, you can be confident that your investment is sound. The guide also offers expanded coverage of the monetary issues involved in purchasing a home, including new means of determining creditworthiness and new types of available loans, as well as helping you decide how much home you can-and should-purchase. Vital Information that other sources can't or won't reveal-from what really motivates sellers, brokers, loan officers, and other key players in the homebuying game, to how to work most effectively with your agent.Insider Secrets on how to make real estate law work in your favor.Money-Saving Techniques that show you how to take advantage of tax breaks and how to time your search to exploit seasonal variations in the market.Time-Saving Tips on streamlining the homebuying process so you find the home you want as quickly as possible.The Latest Trends in homebuying, including up-to-date tips on using the Internet to find your home, a realtor, or a mortgage.Handy Checklists and Charts to help you determine your budget and stick to it.show more

About Alan Perlis

ALAN PERLIS is a Broker Associate with Oxford Realty Company in Birmingham, Alabama. BETH BRADLEY is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, former teacher, and poet. Bradley and Perlis are married and the parents of three children.show more

Table of contents

About the Authors.Introduction.I. Money Issues.1. Ready...Set...Finance!2. Cleaning Up Your Credit.II. Doing Your Homework, Getting Prepared.3. Getting Your Act Together.4. Getting a Grip on the Market.5. Home Shopping on the Internet.III. Preliminary Choices.6. Home Buying As an Investment.7. The Truth About New Construction.8. The Lowdown on Real Estate Agents.IV. The Process Begins: Looking for and Getting the Home You Want.9. The Search Is On: Looking at Houses with Your Agent.10. Removing the Barriers: The Art of Negotiating.V. Wrapping Up.11. The Inspection.12. Before Coming to the Closing Table.13. The Closing.VI. Taking It a Step Further.14. Moving Into and Living in Your New Home.15. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen-A Real Estate Law Primer.16. The Art of Relocation.VII. Appendices.A. The Nine Most Popular Home Styles.B. Important Statistics.C. Important Documents.D. Glossary of Terms.E. Bibliography.F. Resource Guide.Index.show more

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