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Home Buying Kit For Dummies, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-20647-8
432 pages
February 2012
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America's #1 bestselling home buying guide

Want to buy a house, but concerned about the real estate market? Have no fear—Home Buying Kit For Dummies 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 theright property, make smart financial decisions, and understand the latest lending requirements and tax implications.

You'll discover how to take advantage of low home prices, navigate tighter lending requirements, and take advantage of the newest resources available to home buyers and new owners. Plus, the bonus CD-ROM is chock-full of information, materials, and resources for first-time buyers and savvy investors alike.

  • All the forms and paperwork needed for buying a home, including: loan applications, appropriate tax documents, counter offer forms, and more
  • Worksheets and calculators for comparable market analysis, budget, mortgage, property taxes, and more
  • Printable home buying checklists for hiring an agent, home inspections, and questions to ask during home visits

Home Buying Kit For Dummies is for the millions of home-buyers throughout the U.S. who need a fun and easy guide to navigating the complexities of purchasing and owning a home.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Home Economics 7

Chapter 1: Deciding Whether to Buy 9

Chapter 2: Getting Your Financial House in Order 23

Chapter 3: What Can You Afford to Buy? 39

Chapter 4: Why Home Prices Rise and Fall 67

Part II: Financing 101 79

Chapter 5: Understanding and Improving Your Credit Score 81

Chapter 6: Selecting a Mortgage 95

Chapter 7: Mortgage Quandaries, Conundrums, and Forms 123

Part III: Property, Players, and Prices 149

Chapter 8: Where and What to Buy 151

Chapter 9: Assembling an All-Star Real Estate Team 191

Chapter 10: What’s It Worth 219

Chapter 11: Tapping the Internet’s Best Resources 239

Part IV: Making the Deal 249

Chapter 12: Negotiating Your Best Deal 251

Chapter 13: Inspecting and Protecting Your Home 277

Chapter 14: It Ain't Over till the Weight-Challenged Escrow Officer Sings 297

Part V: The Part of Tens 315

Chapter 15: Ten Financial "To Do's" After You Buy 317

Chapter 16: Ten Things to Know When Investing in Real Estate 325

Chapter 17: Ten Things to Consider When Selling Your House 331

Part VI: Appendixes 337

Appendix A: Sample Real Estate Purchase Contract 339

Appendix B: Sample Short Sale Addendum plus Short Sale Information and Advisory 349

Appendix C: Example of a Good Inspection Report 355

Appendix D: Glossary 375

Appendix E: About the CD 391

Index 395

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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 wrote a syndicated real estate column, hosted a call-in radio show about real estate for 16 years, and has been a real estate professional nearly four decades.

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