100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask With Answers from Top Brokers from Around the Country

ISBN-10: 1400081971
ISBN-13: 9781400081974
Edition: 3rd 2005
Authors: Ilyce R. Glink
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List price: $19.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 5/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

From the most trusted name in real estate, here is the latest edition of the indispensable guide that helps first-time buyers land the home of their dreams. Ilyce R. Glink has established herself as America’s most trusted real estate expert. In this new, fully revised and updated edition of the book that made her a household name, Glink offers more than 100 pages of new material addressing all of the current trends home buyers need to stay on top of, including: • The new construction housing boom and how home buyers can make the most of it • Mortgage lending innovations, such as interest-only financing and the ability to finance 103 percent of the purchase price • The changing habits of first-time home buyers (purchasing without a broker, using discount Internet-based services, and buying first homes as investments) • The latest information on asbestos, mold, radon, and other bio-environmental hazards and new, inexpensive testing methods any home buyer can use In this third edition of 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask, Glink presents new stories of real people who have gone through the home-buying process for the first time and once again offers her trademark friendly advice on how to avoid common home-buyer mistakes. Also available as an eBook

Preface
Introduction
How Do I Know What I Want?
Should I Make a Wish List? What About a Reality Check?
What Does "Location, Location, Location" Really Mean?
How Do I Figure Out Where I Want to Live?
How Long Do I Plan to Live in My Future Home?
What Are the Different Types of Homes?
Should I Buy a New Home or an Existing Home?
Should I Buy a Home That Needs Renovation? And, What Do Brokers Mean by "Overimproved"?
How Do I Look for a Home?
How Do I Find the Home of My Dreams?
How Can I Find a Home on the Internet?
What Is the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a Real Estate Broker? What Is a Realtor?
How Do I Choose the Right Broker?
What Is a Seller (or Conventional) Broker? What Are His or Her Responsibilities to Me, the Buyer?
What Is a Buyer Broker? What Is an Exclusive Buyer Agent? Should I Use One?
What Is a Dual Agent? What Is a Transactional Broker? What Is a Non-agent?
What Is the Typical Real Estate Commission?
What Is a Discount Broker? When Should I Use One?
How Much Should My Broker Know About the Amount I Can Afford to Spend on a Home?
How Do I Know Whether My Broker Is Doing a Good Job?
How Can I Help in the Search for a Home if I Use a Broker?
How Should I Interpret the Home Description in the Local Newspaper or in Broker Listing Sheets?
How Do I Identify What I Need Versus What I Like in a Home?
How Do I Become Selective When Choosing a Home? How Do My Wish List and Reality Check Help Me?
When I Go to a Showing, What Should I Look For?
How Can I Remember Each Home When I've Seen So Many?
How Do I Know When It's Time for a Second Showing?
When Do I Know I've Found the Right House?
How Do I Know What I Can Afford to Spend?
How Much Can I Afford?
How Much Will It Cost to Own and Maintain a Home?
What Are Assessments? Do All Town Houses, Condos, and Co-ops Have Them?
Putting Together the Deal
How Do I Decide What to Offer for the Home?
How Do I Make an Offer?
What Goes into the Actual Offer to Purchase or Contract to Purchase?
What Is the Earnest Money? Who Holds It? When Do I Get It Back?
When I Make an Offer, What Contingencies Should I Include?
What Is a Mortgage or Financing Contingency?
What Is the Inspection Contingency?
What Is the Attorney Approval or Attorney Rider?
Negotiating the Deal
How Does the Negotiation Process Work?
How Do I Make a Counteroffer?
What Is a Home Warranty? What Kind Can I Get for New Construction? What About a Previously-Owned Home?
What Does the Contract Really Say and What Are My Obligations Under It?
Should I Hire a Real Estate Attorney? Should I Sign Anything Before My Attorney Reviews It?
How Do I Find a Real Estate Attorney? How Much Should He or She Charge Me?
Should I Close at the Beginning, the Middle, or the End of the Month? Why Does It Matter?
What Is Seller Disclosure? How Does It Affect Me?
Do I Need a Home Inspection? How Do I Find a Reputable Home Inspector?
Should I Test for Toxic Substances and Contaminated Water?
What if the Inspector Finds Something Wrong with the Home I Want to Buy?
What Do I Do if the Seller or Broker Has Misrepresented the Condition of the Home?
Possession and Other Parts of the Offer to Purchase
What Is Possession?
What if the Seller Wants to Stay in the House after the Closing?
When Is the Right Time to Terminate a Buyer's Contract?
What Is "Buyer's Remorse" and How Do I Cope with It?
Financing Your Home
How Much Can I Afford to Spend on a Home?
What Is a Mortgage?
How Do I Get Information on Mortgages?
What Is the Difference Between a Mortgage Banker and a Mortgage Broker? How Do I Find a Good Lender?
Who Are the People Involved with Making the Loan?
How Do I Apply for a Loan? Should I Apply On-Line for a Mortgage?
What Kind of Documentation Will I Need for My Application?
What Types of Circumstances Might Foul Up My Loan Application? How Can I Fix Them?
How Much of a Down Payment Will I Need to Buy My Home?
Should I Put Down the Largest or the Smallest Down Payment Possible?
What Fees Are Associated with a Mortgage Application?
What Lender's Fees Will I Be Charged for My Mortgage?
What Are Junk Fees? How Do I Avoid Them?
What Is Truth in Lending?
What Is the Annual Percentage Rate (APR)?
What Is a Good Faith Estimate?
What Is a Real Estate Tax Escrow?
What Is an Insurance Escrow?
How Can I Avoid Setting Up a Real Estate Tax or Insurance Escrow?
What Should I Do to Make Sure the Mortgage Application Process Goes Smoothly?
How Do I Get the Best Loan at the Best Rate on the Best Terms?
Playing the Mortgage Game
What Is an Assumable Mortgage? How Is It Different from a Subject-to Mortgage?
What Different Types of Mortgages Are Available? How Do I Choose the Right Type for Me?
How Small a Down Payment Can I Make? Where Can I Find a Zero Down Loan?
What Is a Fixed-Rate Mortgage? What Is an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage (ARM)?
What Is a Two-Step Mortgage? What Is a Balloon Mortgage?
What Is an FHA Mortgage? What Is a VA Loan?
What Other Sorts of Mortgages Are Out There? What Are Articles of Agreement?
What Is Seller Financing?
What Is a B-C Loan? Where Do I Get One?
Why Are Some Lenders Willing to Give Me a Mortgage for 125 Percent or 130 Percent of the Home's Selling Price?
What Is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)? How Do I Get Rid of It?
How Does Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) Differ from Mortgage Insurance (FHA) and Mortgage/Credit Insurance?
What If I'm Rejected for a Loan?
Before You Close
When Should I Schedule My Preclosing Inspection? What Do I Do if I Discover Something Is Damaged or Missing?
When Should the Seller Move Out?
What Exactly Is the Closing? Where Is It Held?
What Are My Closing Costs Likely to Be?
What Is a Title Search? What Is Title Insurance? Why Do I Need Them?
What Is RESPA? What Does the RESPA Statement Look Like?
Do I Need HomeOwner's Insurance? What Should It Cover?
How Should I Hold Title to My New Home?
The Closing
Who Should Attend the Closing? What Should I Do if I Can't Be There?
What Are Prorations?
What Do I Need to Bring with Me to the Closing? What if Something Goes Wrong at the Closing?
What Should I Get from the Sellers at the Closing?
How Does My Deed Get Recorded?
How Should I Prepare for the Move to My New Home?
Happily Ever After
Discovering Problems After You Close
How to Lighten Your Property Tax Load
The Next House: Knowing When It's Time to Move On
The Top 10 Mistakes First-Time Buyers Make
5 Simple Things You Can Do to Make the Home-Buying Process Easier
Contracts
General Resources
State-by-State Resource Guide
Amortization Tables
Glossary of Real Estate Terms Every Home Buyer Should Know
Alphabetical Listing of Websites
Acknowledgments
Index

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