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The unofficial guide to buying a home
Perlis, Alan.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Wiley Pub., [2004]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 456 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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HD1379 .P377 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HD1379 .P377 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The inside scoop . . .for when you want more than the official line

No matter what your budget and taste, finding the perfect home is a daunting task. How do you even know where to start? Here you'll find the inside scoop on every step of the homebuying process-from calculating your budget to negotiating the deal and handling the closing.

The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home, Second Edition gives savvy consumers like you a foolproof appraisal of which homebuying strategies work and which don't. This updated edition is perfect for first-time homebuyers and includes new information on using the Internet to find your home, buying condos, and utilizing government funding programs. It walks you through the entire homebuying process: from searching for a home, to making an offer, through the inspection, and on to the closing, you can be confident that your investment is sound. The guide also offers expanded coverage of the monetary issues involved in purchasing a home, including new means of determining creditworthiness and new types of available loans, as well as helping you decide how much home you can-and should-purchase.

Vital Information that other sources can't or won't reveal-from what really motivates sellers, brokers, loan officers, and other key players in the homebuying game, to how to work most effectively with your agent.

Insider Secrets on how to make real estate law work in your favor.

Money-Saving Techniques that show you how to take advantage of tax breaks and how to time your search to exploit seasonal variations in the market.

Time-Saving Tips on streamlining the homebuying process so you find the home you want as quickly as possible.

The Latest Trends in homebuying, including up-to-date tips on using the Internet to find your home, a realtor, or a mortgage.

Handy Checklists and Charts to help you determine your budget and stick to it.

Author Notes

ALAN PERLIS is a Broker Associate with Oxford Realty Company in Birmingham, Alabama.

BETH BRADLEY is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, former teacher, and poet. Bradley and Perlis are married and the parents of three children.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
I Money Issues
1 Ready...Set...Finance!
2 Cleaning Up Your Credit
II Doing Your Homework, Getting Prepared
3 Getting Your Act Together
4 Getting a Grip on the Market
5 Home Shopping on the Internet
III Preliminary Choices
6 Home Buying As an Investment
7 The Truth About New Construction
8 The Lowdown on Real Estate Agents
IV The Process Begins: Looking for and Getting the Home You Want
9 The Search Is On: Looking at Houses with Your Agent
10 Removing the Barriers: The Art of Negotiating
V Wrapping Up
11 The Inspection
12 Before Coming to the Closing Table
13 The Closing
VI Taking It a Step Further
14 Moving Into and Living in Your New Home
15 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen-A Real Estate Law Primer
16 The Art of Relocation
VII Appendices
A The Nine Most Popular Home Styles
B Important Statistics
C Important Documents
D Glossary of Terms
E Bibliography
F Resource Guide