Buying a Home: The Missing Manual

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Apr 13, 2010 - Business & Economics - 354 pages
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Home ownership is a cornerstone of the American dream, but it's a complex process that, without the right guidance, can seem like a nightmare. This Missing Manual takes you through the process of buying a home, from start to finish. Along the way, you'll use the book's expert advice and fill-in forms to identify the house you want, figure out what kind of neighborhood you want to live in, determine what a target home is really worth, make an offer, and close the deal. Throughout the process, this book helps you:

  • Realistically determine how much house you can afford
  • Assemble a real estate team that's looking after your interests and not the seller's
  • Understand the different ways to finance your house, and which is best for you
  • Create an attractive offer with the best chance of acceptance
  • Learn what lenders look for so you can get your mortgage approved
  • Inspect your new home to uncover potential problems
  • Prepare all the right paperwork for a smooth closing
 

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Contents

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Home Ownership
11
How Much Home Can You Afford?
25
Choose Your Style of Home and Neighborhood
51
Assemble Your Real Estate Team
79
Shop for Your Home
107
Finance Your Down Payment
143
Compare Mortgages and Other Financing Options
151
Choose and Apply for a Mortgage
193
Know Your Closing Costs
225
Make an Offer
239
Prepare for the Closing
261
Inspect the Property
291
Close the Deal
313
Index
335
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