Part I: Home Economics.
Chapter 1: Deciding Whether to Buy.
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: Understanding and Improving Your Credit Score.
Chapter 6: Selecting a Mortgage.
Chapter 7: Mortgage Quandaries, Conundrums, and Paperwork.
Part III: Property, Players, and Prices.
Chapter 8: Where and What to Buy.
Chapter 9: Assembling an All-Star Real Estate Team.
Chapter 10: What's It Worth?
Chapter 11: Tapping the Internet's Best Resources.
Part IV: Making the Deal.
Chapter 12: Negotiating Your Best Deal.
Chapter 13: Inspecting and Protecting Your Home.
Chapter 14: It Ain't Over till the Weight-Challenged Escrow Offi cer Sings.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Financial "To Do's" After You Buy.
Chapter 16: Ten Things to Know When Investing in Real Estate.
Chapter 17: 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.