Home Buying For Dummies

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Wiley, Apr 15, 2009 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
41 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
Easy to read, easy to understand. - Goodreads
It's not bad, but I probably won't ever reference it. - Goodreads

Review: Home Buying Kit for Dummies [With CDROM]

User Review  - Kit Pang - Goodreads

This book had everything that I needed to learn about buying a home (detached and attached residences, financials,mortgages, contracts, useful tips and more!) I spent a week before downloading ... Read full review

Review: Home Buying Kit for Dummies [With CDROM]

User Review  - Leigh - Goodreads

If you read this book from cover to cover and you STILL can't figure out the best way to buy (or not buy) a house, perhaps you should live with your parents forever. Seriously, this book covers everything in just the right amount of detail. Read full review

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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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