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Home Buying for Dummies

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  398 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Now updated -- America's #1 bestselling home-buying book!Want to buy a house, but concerned about the market? Have no fear -- this trusted guide 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 the right property, make smart financial decisions, and understand the ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by For Dummies (first published 1996)
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Homebuying really depends on your particular market. Some markets are unique (New York City, for example). Buying a condo is fairly different from buying a single family house. Obtaining a mortgage, I hear, is quite a bit different today than it was before the financial meltdown. Real estate laws differ by state. So whatever general, all-purpose book you read, if you're a first time buyer, is never going to tell you everything you need to know. But if you are buying for the first time, or buying ...more
Since we've bought a house, I guess I'm finished reading this book.

I learned some good things from this book, but I think it was aimed at someone looking to buy their dream home that they plan to live in forever. Paul and I were looking to buy our first home, and we would have been happy with any number of different homes as long as they met our price, space, and functional requirements; we weren't planning on spending months and months looking at every house on the market.

One thing in particula
A good resource if you are a first time homebuyer, and some good tips and things to remember even if you aren't.

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Take the emotions out of it. There are plenty of other homes to choose from.

Find a good agent that knows what they are doing and is not just looking for a quick sale. Sometimes they will show you 3 houses they know you won't like, and they 4th one they want to steer you into (it will look much better buy comparision). It is the 5th one that they don't show you that maybe
This is a very clear, understandable, and readable book on buying a home. I keep returning to it to look up things I don't understand, and it's always explained clearly. This book complements "10 Steps to Buying a Home for First-Time Buyers" very well; "HBFD" focuses mostly on the practical while "10 Steps" discusses the emotional issues of buying a home and goes into far greater detail on how to identify what you want. "10 Steps" reads a little bit like having your mother's voice in your ear ca ...more
Excellent book that takes you through the homebuying process from the decision to buy through your first steps after taking ownership. I would have liked to see more about the differences in negotiating the prices of existing homes versus new construction in a subdivision -- can I even negotiate in these situations? I'm still not sure, but that wasn't an option I was considering when I purchased the book, so I'm not sure I can fault the book for not including that information. Overall, the best ...more
Zach Gray
Just what I needed. A lot of good, concise information on things to consider when going through the home buying process. Also pointed to other good resources to aide home buyers in their search.
Nothing in this book went against anything I have learned so far, but I still don't feel prepared to buy a house. I may read it again when I get closer to buying, because some parts were more helpful than others.
i bought this years ago when i first considered buying a house, and while the info is a bit outdated for the current house buying climate (i.e. entire sections about arms and 0% down mortgages can be skipped because they don't exist anymore), i felt it really gave me a firm handle on the life decision i was about to make. in my case it pushed me off the fence and let me know i really was ready, but for some folks it may be a needed reality check that they still have a good deal of preparation to ...more
Pretty much what I expected from this book. More than what I expected based on the other reviews. This is the second book by Eric Tyson I read, and I find his advice very useful. This book is clear and easy to understand. It's a quick read, but still covers a lot.
Apr 21, 2015 Barbara marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 27, 2008 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paula
I listened to this book on CD--a great way to let all the previously confusing notions of home buying simply wash over "one." I've also listened to TIPS & TRAPS WHEN BUYING A HOME/Irwin (really good) and THE AUTOMATIC MILLIONAIRE HOMEOWNER/Bach (the first disc is prattle, but there are some decent tips in the next few). Also trying to make it through GUERRILLA NEGOTIATING/Levinson (pretty boring). And, now, I'm listening faithfully to MORTGAGES FOR DUMMIES/Tyson (very similar to HOME BUYING ...more
It's all new to me, so I found this book very useful.
Alissa Thorne
A quick read covering the things you likely need to know when buying a home.
Not as informative as I would have liked.
This was a helpful resource. I now feel more enlightened about the home buying process and know what factors (financial and otherwise) to consider.
Too bad there isn't a newer edition to address what has happened since the housing market bubble burst in 2007-08. I think this can still be a great resource for us based on my reading/skimming.
Pamela Hubbard
This book is meant for people who know little or nothing about the home buying process. It is extremely thorough, covering everything from mortgages to escrow, insurance to how to shop for an agent and inspector. Terms are defined simply so that the book is not overwhelming. I took a lot of notes and learned a lot. Some sections I skimmed because I had already done some research and talked to a lot of people who have purchased houses. I do recommend that first time homebuyers read this!
I did NOT finish this book.

I grabbed it off a shelf a couple of years ago because ONE DAY, I would like to buy a house. After reading the first two chapters, I realized that I am not financially ready to buy a house. :) First I need to finish paying off my school loans and random debt. That is my goal for the year----once I finish that, then I will continue reading this book.

Well-written, easy to understand.....and inspiration to put my budget in order.
Phew! The book must have worked, because we got through the home buying process without any major hang-ups, worked with good people, and got a wonderful house. I think it's really important to read a book about buying a house before you make such a big purchase. This one is a good choice. The authors did a good job explaining everything you need to do, and watch out for, and they do it in language that no one should have problems comprehending.
I had to move this from my "reading" shelf to my "read" shelf simply because it was due to go back to the library. I read more than half of it, and it's really a reference book anyway. I thought it was okay. It's easy to read and there is a lot of nice basic/common knowledge information in it. I don't know if I "learned" anything, but there were some helpful lists. It's not bad, but I probably won't ever reference it.
This book puts the whole process into very plain language, as you'd expect from the "Dummies" line. I went into the home-buying process with no knowledge and this book got me up to speed. It was informative, easy to read, and interesting. From deciding on renting vs. purchasing, condo vs. house, to signing on the dotted line, you'll have almost every question answered.
For the record, someone went to the library to pick up the non-judgmentally-titled Nolo book on buying a home in California and brought me home this instead. But this book ended up really meeting my needs--it lays out everything you could ever want to know and provides easily applied rules of thumb, helping you navigate what is often an unruly and confusing process.
What I learned......uhhhhh......everything. Takes you step-by-step through the home buying process and prepares you for just about everything. It takes you from budgeting all the way to the closing table. I felt informed and knowledgeable heading into every situation and I'd recommend this book to anyone considering their first home purchase.
Found this very useful. They did spend an awful lot of time in the first part of the book talking about things that don't apply to me, but I can see how they'd be useful for many other people. I wish I'd read the part on "picking a realtor" before I picked one -- I would have been much better off!

My first cover-to-cover Dummies book.
Apr 14, 2008 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: um, prospective homebuyers
Shelves: 2008-reads
Very helpful book, written plainly enough to be understood by those of us not overly familiar with "fixed vs. adjustable rate" and the like, but not dumbed down to the point of being insulting. I feel better prepared to face the real estate market head on, and I now know never to close escrow on a Monday. Thanks, Dummies authors.
A very practical & informative book if you're looking to buy a home. Easy to read, easy to understand. Even if you read only a few chapters, it may end up saving you thousands of dollars. Even our realtor was impressed with the knowledge we'd gained & said it was spot-on.
If you're buying a home, READ THIS BOOK!
Apr 02, 2008 Sabine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone buying a home.
Recommended to Sabine by: Self check out
Good balanced book on buying a home. There are a lot of things I did not consider and this book covered all the little extras that home buyers could as well as should expect. Well outlined, easy to follow, this was a good book and prepared me for what I hope will be coming soon, A new house!
Shelly Manus
Understandable resource. My only wish is that the authors had created a website for those items they note as state specific. It would be much easier to have them break it down than to have to search through legal jargon on government websites that like to embed such items.
As cliche as it might sound, this book really did help us understand home buying from the "ground" up, no pun intended! I would recommend this book to anyone who really wants to understand more than they need to (that's always my M.O.).
Hom Sack
Excellent! Somethings have changed since the last 18 to 34 years in the process of buying a house. It is good to be brought updated by this book. Next on the list to read is the sequel House Selling For Dummies, 3rd edition.
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