How to Buy a House in California

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Buy a home in the Golden State with the most complete guide available.
A thorough, practical guide to every aspect of buying a house, "How to Buy a House in California" will help you make informed decisions that can save you thousands of dollars. With this bestseller in hand, you'll learn how to:
choose a house and neighborhood
find the right agent
get the most up-to-date information on mortgage options and rates
take advantage of creative financing strategies - from seller financing to government loans
figure out how much down payment you can afford
make an offer and negotiate with confidence for the best price
buy a new house in a development
inspect a house for physical problems and environmental hazards
juggle buying and selling houses simultaneously
successfully go through escrow
The 12th edition is completely updated to reflect the changing housing market, including an updated discussion about what to look for when buying a foreclosed or bank-owned home. Plus, you'll get the most up-to-date criteria lenders now require when you're shopping for a mortgage.

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About the author (2009)

Ralph Warner co-founded Nolo in 1972 and began publishing do-it-yourself law books written by he and his colleagues after numerous publishers rejected them. In addition to running the company for the better part of three decades, he has been an active author and editor. His other books include Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, Get a Life and How to Run a Thriving Business. Ira Serkes is a realtor and a Certified Residential Specialist. He and his wife specialize in helping home buyers and sellers in the San Francisco Bay Area. George Devine is a licensed real estate broker and a widely respected educator in the real estate field. He is also the author of For Sale By Owner in California, published by Nolo.

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