Home Buying For Dummies

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Wiley, Apr 15, 2009 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
39 Reviews
Now updated — America's #1 bestselling home-buying book!

Want to buy a house, but concerned about the market? Have no fear — this trusted guide arms you with Eric Tyson and Ray Brown's time-tested advice and updated strategies for buying a home in current market conditions. You'll discover how to find the right property, make smart financial decisions, and understand the latest lending requirements and tax implications.

  • New to this edition — new and expanded coverage to help homebuyers take advantage of low home prices, understand the subprime mortgage crisis, obtain a mortgage, and improve credit scores
  • To buy or not to buy? — weigh the advantages of owning versus renting, get your finances in order, and know how much house you can safely afford

  • Handle financing — understand your credit rating, navigate the different types of mortgages, and complete all paperwork

  • Play the real estate game — find the right location and property, assemble an all-star real estate team, and make the most of the Internet's real estate resources

  • Let's make a deal — negotiate with finesse, make successful offers, inspect and protect your new home, and cover all your bases in escrow

"Invaluable information, especially for the first-time home buyer."
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"A reference you'll turn to time after time."
—St. Petersburg Times

Open the book and find:

  • Reasons why home prices rise and fall
  • Hands-on instruction for buying a home in up or down markets

  • How to pay the price you want

  • The best mortgage options

  • A sample home-buying contract

  • Pros and cons of comparable market analysis

  • Tips for overcoming mortgage and appraisal problems

  • How to cope with buyer's remorse

  • The best real estate Web sites

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Excellent introduction to buying a house. - Goodreads
A great reference for first time home buyers. - Goodreads
Easy to read, easy to understand. - Goodreads
It was informative, easy to read, and interesting. - Goodreads
It's not bad, but I probably won't ever reference it. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Vickie Pon - Goodreads

A good primer, and doesn't assume you know anything... Read full review

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User Review  - Zach Gray - Goodreads

Just what I needed. A lot of good, concise information on things to consider when going through the home buying process. Also pointed to other good resources to aide home buyers in their search. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Eric Tyson, MBA, is a financial counselor and the author of bestselling For Dummies books on personal finance, investing, and real estate investing.

Ray Brown, a real estate professional for more than 30 years, has hosted a real estate radio show in San Francisco.

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