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Home buying for dummies
Tyson, Eric (Eric Kevin)
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, [2001]

Physical Description:
xx, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Added Author:
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HD1379 .T97 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HD1379 .T97 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HD1379 .T97 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HD1379 .T97 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HD1379 .T97 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This new edition of America's # 1 best-selling real estate book takes the pain out of choosing, negotiating for, and buying a home. Helping home buyers save time and money, personal finance guru Eric Tyson and real estate maven Ray Brown deliver the up-to-date information people need, showing them how to:
* Research neighborhoods and home values
* Select the best mortgage-including the latest developments
* Understand the pros and cons of buying different types of housing
* Assemble the right team for putting the deal together
* Negotiate the best price and terms

Author Notes

Eric Tyson is a syndicated personal financial writer, lecturer, and counselor. He is dedicated to teaching people to manage their personal finances better. Eric is a former management consultant to Fortune 500 financial service firms. Over the past two decades, he has successfully invested in securities as well as in real estate and has started and managed several businesses. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics at Yale and an M.B.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
An accomplished freelance personal finance writer, Eric is the author of five other national best-sellers in the... For Dummies series: Home Buying (co-author), Personal Finance, Investing, Mutual Funds, and Taxes (co-author). His work has been featured and praised in hundreds of national and local publications, including Newsweek, Kiplinger's, The Wall Street Journal, Money, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune , and on NBC's Today Show , PBS's Nightly Business Report , CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show , ABC, CNBC, Bloomberg Business Radio, CBS National Radio, and National Public Radio.
Eric has counseled thousands of clients on a variety of personal finance, investment, real estate, and mortgage quandaries and questions. In addition to maintaining a financial counseling practice, he is a popular speaker on important personal finance topics.

Ray Brown , co-author of the national best-seller Home Buying For Dummies , is a veteran real estate broker with more than two decades of hands-on experience. A former vice president and manager for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Company and McGuire Real Estate, and founder of his own real estate firm, the Raymond Brown Company, Ray is currently a writer, radio talk show host, and public speaker on residential real estate topics.
Ray believes that most people are pretty darn smart. When they have problems, it's usually because they don't know the right questions to ask to get the information they need to make good decisions. This book completes Ray's residential real estate trilogy and fulfills his dream of helping folks find their way through the often mystifying process of buying, financing, and selling their homes.
On his way to becoming a real estate guru, Ray worked as the real estate analyst for KGO-TV (ABC's affiliate in San Francisco), a syndicated real estate columnist for The San Francisco Examiner , and he hosts a weekly radio program, Ray Brown on Real Estate , for KNBR. In addition to his work for ABC, Ray has appeared as a real estate expert on CNN, NBC, CBS, and in The Wall Street Journal and Time .

Table of Contents

The Eric Tyson/Ray Brown Difference
The Road Map
Part I Home Economics
Part II Financing 101
Part III Property, Players, and Prices
Part IV Let the Game Begin
Part V The Part of Tens
Part VI Appendixes.Those Silly Little Icons
Part I Home Economics
Chapter 1 To Buy or Not to Buy, That Is the Question
Chapter 2 Getting Your Financial House in Order
Chapter 3 What Can You Afford to Buy?
Chapter 4 Why Home Prices Rise and Fall
Part II Financing 101
Chapter 5 Selecting a Mortgage
Chapter 6 Mortgage Quandaries, Conundrums, and Paperwork
Part III Property, Players, and Prices
Chapter 7 Where and What to Buy
Chapter 8 Your Real Estate Team
Chapter 9 What's It Worth?
Part IV Let the Game Begin
Chapter 10 Negotiating to Get What You Want
Chapter 11 Protecting Your Home
Chapter 12 It Ain't Over Till the Weight-Challenged Escrow Officer Sings
Part V The Part of Tens
Chapter 13 Ten Tips for Realty Web Surfing
Chapter 14 Ten Financial "To Do's" After You Buy
Chapter 15 Ten Things to Know When Investing in Real Estate
Chapter 16 Ten Things to Consider When Selling Your House
Part VI Appendixes
Appendix A Sample Real Estate Purchase Contract
Appendix B Example of a Good Inspection Report
Appendix C Glossary