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Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home

ISBN-10: 1413317626
ISBN-13: 9781413317626
Edition: 4th 2012
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Description: Find the right house at the right price with insider tips and advice from the experts! Say goodbye to landlords and laundromats withNolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. This timely title will help you find the right place to live and  More...

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List price: $24.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.58" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Find the right house at the right price with insider tips and advice from the experts! Say goodbye to landlords and laundromats withNolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. This timely title will help you find the right place to live and invest in -- and even enjoy doing it.Filled with interesting facts, real-life stories and insights, and common pitfalls to avoid, this book provides everything you need to select the right type of home for your family, the right mortgage, the right agent, the right inspections -- and much more. Get the inside scoop on:. deciding between a house, condo, co-op or townhouse. exploring your local market for the best value. creating and managing a realistic homebuying budget. qualifying for and securing financing. getting the right inspections and insurance. negotiating with sellers or new home builders. successfully closing the dealRead through the real-world experiences of over 20 first-time homebuyers, as well as valuable insights from a team of 13 real estate professionals, including:brokers. attorneys who specialize in real estate. a home inspector. a neighborhood researcher. a mortgage specialist. and more!Along with this step-by-step handbook, you'll get The Homebuyer's Toolkit, including dozens of forms and MP3s to help you find the right place, crunch the numbers, interview real estate professionals, and even borrow down payment money from your parents.The brand new edition of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home is fully updated to reflect the dramatically changed housing market, with emphasis on how to do the right kind of research before deciding on a price and the terms of your offer. It also includes a new discussion of what to expect when you're looking for financing.- This book has links to online forms

Stewart has been a Nolo editor and author since 1989, writing and editing books on landlord-tenant law, real estate, and other consumer issues. She is the co-author of First-Time Landlord, Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Leases and Rental Agreements, and Renters' Rights. She has edited dozens of Nolo books, including How to Buy a House in California, Nolo's LeaseWriter Plus software for landlords, and Parent Savvy.

Your Homebuying Companion
What's So Great About Buying a House?
Investment Value: Get What You Pay For … And Then Some
Tax Breaks: Benefits From Uncle Sam
Personality and Pizzazz: Your Home Is Your Castle
No More Mr. Roper: Say Goodbye to Renting
You Can Dolt… If You Want To
What Do You Want? Figuring Out Your Homebuying Needs
Know Your Ideal Neighborhood: Why Location Matters
Know Yourself: How Your Lifestyle, Plans, and Values Affect Your House Priorities
Know Your Ideal House: Old Bungalows, New Condos, and More
Would You Like Land With That? Single-Family Houses
Sharing the Joy, Sharing the Pain: Common Interest Properties
Factory Made: Modular and Manufactured Homes
Putting It All Together: Your Dream List
Does This Mean I Have to Balance My Checkbook? Figuring Out What You Can Afford
Beyond the Purchase Price: The Costs of Buying and Owning a Home
Spend Much? How Lenders Use Your Debt-to-income Ratio
Blasts From the Past: How Your Credit History Factors In
What's Your Monthly Budget? Understanding Your Finances
Getting Creative: Tips for Overcoming Financial Roadblocks
The Power of Paper: Getting Preapproved for a Loan
Stepping Out: What's on the Market and at What Price
What's the Buzz? Checking Out Neighborhoods From Your Chair
See for Yourself: Driving Through Neighborhoods
On Foot: Talking to the Natives
Sunrise, Sunset: Getting Day and Night Perspectives
Got Houses? Finding Out What's Locally Available
How Much Did That One Go For? Researching "Comparable" Sales
Hot or Cold? Take the Market's Temp
Just Looking: The Open House Tour
Nothing to Look at Yet? Finding Your Dream Development
Select Your Players: Your Real Estate Team
Your Team Captain: The Real Estate Agent
Your Cash Cow: The Mortgage Broker or Banker
Your Fine Print Reader: The Real Estate Attorney
Your Sharp Eye: The Property Inspector
Your Big Picture Planner: The Closing Agent
Strength in Numbers: Other Team Members
Bring Home the Bacon: Getting a Mortgage
Let's Talk Terms: The Basics of Mortgage Financing
Who's Got the Cash? Where to Get a Mortgage
Narrowing the Field: Which Type of Mortgage Is Best for You?
Getting Your Cash Together: Common Down Payment and Financing Strategies
Where Do I Look? Researching Mortgages
I'll Take That One! Applying for Your Loan
Unique Financial Considerations for Co-op Buyers
Mom and Dad? The Seller? Uncle Sam? Loan Alternatives
No Wrapping Required: Gift Money From Relatives or Friends
All in the Family: Loans From Relatives or Friends
A One-Person Bank: Seller Financing
New-Home Financing
Backed by Uncle Sam: Government-Assisted Loans
I Love It! It's Perfect! Looking for the Right House
How Your Agent Can Help
The Rumor Mill: Getting House Tips From Friends
Planning Ahead for House Visits
Come on In: What to Expect as You Enter
Do We Have a Match? Using Your Dream List
All the World's Been Staged: Looking Past the Glitter
Recent Remodels: What to Watch Out For
Walk the Walk: Layout and Floorplan
What Do They Know? Reviewing Seller Disclosure Reports
Reviewing the Seller's Inspection Reports (If Any)
Poking Around: Doing Your Own Initial Inspection
Hey, Nice Dirt Pile! Choosing a Not-Yet-Built House
Buying a New or Old Condo or Co-op? Research the Community
Plan B: Fixer-Uppers, FSBOs, Foreclosures, and More
Castoffs: Searching for Overlooked Houses
A Foot in the Door: Buying a Starter House
Have It Your Way: Buying a Fixer-Upper or House You Can Add on To
Share Your Space: Buying Jointly
Subdivide Your Space: Renting Out a Room
Hey, Where's Their Agent? Looking for FSBOs (For Sale by Owners)
On the Auction Block: Buying Short Sale, Foreclosure, or Probate Properties
Show Them the Money: From Offer to Purchase Agreement
Start to Finish: Negotiating and Forming a Contract
More Than Words: What's in the Standard Purchase Contract
Too Much? Not Enough? How Much to Offer
Keeping Your Exit Routes Open: Contingencies
Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: The Earnest Money Deposit
Divvy It Up: Who Pays What Fees
Deal or No Deal: Picking an Expiration Date
Think Ahead: Closing Date
Strategies in a Cold Market: What to Ask For
Strategies in a Hot Market: Making Your Offer Stand Out
Contracting to Buy a Brand-New Home
Toward the Finish Line: Tasks Before Closing
Wrappin' It Up: Removing Contingencies
Will It Really Be Yours? Getting Title Insurance
Yours, Mine, or Ours? What to Say on the Deed
Get Ready, 'Cause Here I Come: Preparing to Move
Send in the Big Guns: Professional Property Inspectors
Inspection Overview: What, When, and at What Cost?
House Calls: Your General Inspection
Tagging Along at Your General Inspection
Say What? Understanding Your General Inspection Report
Termite or Pest Inspections
When to Get Other, Specialized Inspections
Trouble in Paradise: Inspecting Newly Built Homes
Who's Got Your Back? Homeowners' Insurance and Home Warranties
Coverage for Your House
Damage Your Homeowners' Insurance Won't Cover
Protection for Others' Injuries: Liability Insurance
Your Out-of-Pocket: Homeowners' Insurance Costs
Shopping Around for Homeowners' Insurance
Jointly Owned Jointly Insured: What Your Community Association Pays For
Home Warranties for Preowned Houses
Home Warranties for Newly Built Houses
Seal the Deal: Finalizing Your Homebuying Dreams
Preview of Coming Attractions: What Your Closing Will Involve
Is It Really Empty? Final Walk-Through of an Existing House
Is It Really Finished? Final Walk-Through of a New House
Your Last Tasks Before the Closing
The Drum Roll, Please: Attending the Closing
Closing Documents Related to Your Mortgage Loan
Closing Documents Related to Transferring the Property
Can I Move In? Taking Possession
Settling Into Your New Home
Tell the World You've Moved
Home, Hearth, and Hors d'Oeuvres: Settle in Socially
The Safest Home in Town: Yours
Cozy Up... Without Breaking the Bank
There's a Place for It: Organize Your Records
Back to the Future: Get Your Finances on Track
Appendix: Using the Interactive Forms
Editing RTFs
List of Forms
Index

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