Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home

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Nolo, 2009 - Business & Economics - 426 pages
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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.

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About the author (2009)

Ilona Bray, Alayna Schroeder and Marcia Stewart are Nolo editors with 25 years combined experience writing and editing real estate titles. Bray and Schroeder are both attorneys specializing in real estate and other business-related topics. Marcia Stewart is a real estate expert and co-author of Nolo's bestselling Every Landlord's Legal Guide.

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