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Home Buying Kit for Dummies

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Home Buying Kit for Dummies

America's #1 bestselling home buying guide

Are you looking to buy a house, but don't quite know where to begin? Have no fear! This new edition of Home Buying Kit For Dummies arms you with Eric Tyson and Ray Brown's time-tested advice and strategies for buying a home in current market conditions. Packed with valuable tips for getting the best deal on your new home and navigating an ever-changing housing market, it shows you how to find the right property, make smart financial decisions, and understand the latest lending requirements and tax implications.

Thanks to looser lending standards, lower down payment mortgages, and a wider selection of homes to choose from, first-time homebuyers are making a comeback in the housing market. But if you don't know a Colonial from a counter offer, the process of buying a home can be daunting. Luckily, this bestselling guide is here to take the confusion out of the process! In plain English, it provides step-by-step guidance for buying the home of your dreams, from inspecting a property to evaluating a location to making sense of loan applications, tax documents, and counter offer forms.

  • Negotiate your best deal and obtain a lower down payment mortgage
  • Improve your credit score
  • Make sense of changing lending standards
  • Take the confusion out of lending laws, mortgage rates, and marketplace conditions
  • Whether you're a renter, investor, or current homeowner, everything you need to plant roots in a new home sweet home is just a page away.

    America's #1 bestselling home buying guide

    Are you looking to buy a house, but don't quite know where to begin? Have no fear! This new edition of Home Buying Kit For Dummies arms you with Eric Tyson and Ray Brown's time-tested advice and strategies for buying a home in current market conditions. Packed with valuable tips for getting the best deal on your new home and navigating an ever-changing housing market, it shows you how to find the right property, make smart financial decisions, and understand the latest lending requirements and tax implications.

    Thanks to looser lending standards, lower down payment mortgages, and a wider selection of homes to choose from, first-time homebuyers are making a comeback in the housing market. But if you don't know a Colonial from a counter offer, the process of buying a home can be daunting. Luckily, this bestselling guide is here to take the confusion out of the process! In plain English, it provides step-by-step guidance for buying the home of your dreams, from inspecting a property to evaluating a location to making sense of loan applications, tax documents, and counter offer forms.

  • Negotiate your best deal and obtain a lower down payment mortgage
  • Improve your credit score
  • Make sense of changing lending standards
  • Take the confusion out of lending laws, mortgage rates, and marketplace conditions
  • Whether you're a renter, investor, or current homeowner, everything you need to plant roots in a new home sweet home is just a page away.

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    About the Author-
    • Eric Tyson, MBA, is a financial counselor and the author of bestselling For Dummies books on personal finance, investing, and small business. Ray Brown, a real estate professional for more than 40 years, is a consultant and public speaker on residential real estate topics.

    Table of Contents-
    • Introduction 1

      Part I: Getting Started with Buying a Home 5

      Chapter 1: Deciding Whether to Buy 7

      Chapter 2: Getting Your Financial House in Order 21

      Chapter 3: What Can You Afford to Buy? 37

      Chapter 4: Why Home Prices Rise and Fall 65

      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 147

      Chapter 8: Where and What to Buy 149

      Chapter 9: Assembling an All‐Star Real Estate Team 187

      Chapter 10: What’s It Worth? 215

      Chapter 11: Tapping the Internet’s Best Resources 235

      Part IV: Making the Deal 245

      Chapter 12: Negotiating Your Best Deal 247

      Chapter 13: Inspecting and Protecting Your Home 273

      Chapter 14: It Ain’t Over till the Weight‐Challenged Escrow Officer Sings 293

      Part V: The Part of Tens 311

      Chapter 15: Ten Financial “To Do’s” After You Buy 313

      Chapter 16: Ten Things to Know When Investing in Real Estate 321

      Chapter 17: Ten Things to Consider When Selling Your House 327

      Part VI: Appendixes 333

      Appendix A: Sample Real Estate Purchase Contract 335

      Appendix B: Sample Short‐Sale Addendum plus

      Short‐Sale Information and Advisory 347

      Appendix C: Example of a Good Inspection Report 355

      Appendix D: Glossary 375

      Index 393

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