Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home

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Get the right house at the right price with insider tips and advice from the experts!
Say goodbye to landlords and laundromats with "Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home." This timely title will help you find the right place to live and invest in -- and even have fun doing it.
Filled with interesting facts, real-life stories and common pitfalls to avoid, this book provides everything you need to select the right house, the right mortgage, the right agent, the right inspections -- and much more. Get the inside scoop on:
deciding between a house, condo, co-op or townhouse
exploring your local market for the best value
qualifying for and lining up financing
getting the right inspections and insurance
negotiating with sellers or new home builders
successfully closing the deal
Read through the real-world experiences of over 20 first-time homebuyers, as well as valuable insights from a team of 13 real estate professionals, including:
attorneys who specialize in real estate
a home inspector
a neighborhood researcher
a mortgage specialist
and more!
Along with this step-by-step handbook, you'll get The Homebuyer's Toolkit, a CD-ROM that includes dozens of forms and MP3s which will help you find the right place, crunch the numbers, interview real estate professionals, and even borrow down payment money from your parents.
The brand new 2nd edition of "Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home" is fully updated to reflect the dramatically changing housing market and includes new information on buying foreclosed and bank-owned properties, including what to look for when you're considering these types of homes. You'll get the most up-to-date information on the increasingly strict mortgage market, plus additional tips on how to "green" your new home.

About the author (2009)

Brayis an author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising. She is co-author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home and also edits a number of Nolo's small business books. Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Masters degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington. Schroeder specializes in employment law and real estate and is co-author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. Before joining Nolo, she worked as an associate in a large San Francisco law firm where she represented employers in litigation, drafted employee handbooks and policies and counseled employers on sound employment practices. Schroeder also has experience in employment consulting and human resources. She holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Stewart writes and edits books on landlord-tenant law, real estate, and other consumer issues. She is the co-author of First-Time Landlord, Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Leases and Rental Agreements, and Renters' Rights.

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