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Mar 21, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: All first-time homebuyers
I am so glad I checked this book out this spring! I started reading it thinking my husband and I were going to buy my grandfather's house, figuring I'd just skip over all the parts that didn't apply to us. Luckily, I stink at skimming, so I ended up reading nearly everything. I learned SO much about this whole home-buying process, from vocabulary (what "points" are, for example) to what to expect and what to watch out for at each stage in the process. Buying a house turned out to be a whirlwind ...more
This guide to buying my first home was great. It did very good job of taking the quite daunting task of purchasing a new home, and breaking it down into manageable and discrete steps. Things ended up moving a bit faster for my wife and I than we'd planned when buying a house, and while I had intended to read this book before we got well into our house hunting, it ended up being a great guide that helped us navigate the home-buying process while we're in the middle of it.
The expert advice and man ...more
The expert advice and man ...more
Solid information and some ideas that I hadn't thought about it. I feel like one really needs to start the process and talk with professionals though for a more accurate picture of home purchasing, particularly given how much the market has changed in the last six months.
A lot of really good information, all in one place. There's also a CD-Rom with worksheets for you to evaluate what you really want, do a budget, etc. It had some information I didn't know, which is saying something since I've researched a little too much into this stuff :)
I borrowed this book because I wanted to learn more about the home-buying process -- understand what the steps are, the terminology, and what costs to expect. I now feel like I have a much better grasp of what's involved, and expect to have just a little bit less stress if I ever am in a position to buy.
Was this like the ultra paranoid version, or is home buying actually this scary? It felt like every other page had a story of someone getting screwed out of thousands of dollars. Either way, this was an informative book structured in a logical way. I'm sure I'll refer back to certain chapters at some point.
Excellent, comprehensive book for a first-time buyer like myself. I was afraid this would be a snore, more like a textbook or reference book, but I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy reading this cover to cover. I highly recommend this if you're house hunting and know nothing about the (very complicated) steps of buying a house.
As a complete novice to home buying and real estate in general, I found this book very useful. It is full of useful terms, common problems, and general advice. The book is formatted chronologically based on the home buying process itself and is useful both as a reference and for general reading. I did a lot of research on guides to buying a home and I was very happy with this one.
Very good resource that while pitched to first-time home buyers is well worth reading for those of us who have been through the process before and are looking to buy again. I only wish I had found this book before buying my first home, but am sure it will help this next time. Recommended.
Ilona Bray is an author of books for adults and children. She holds a professional doctorate in law and specializes in real estate, immigration law, workplace wellness and nonprofit fundraising in her role as an author and editor at Nolo.com.
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