A fresh revision of the successful guide for homebuyers With today's low interest rates, now is the time to buy a new home. But millions of Americans fear getting a bad deal. The Unofficial Guide to Buying a Home, Second Edition covers everything first-time homebuyers (and even experienced buyers) need to know to get the best deal possible on the home they want. Updates on new government funding programs and new types of loan arrangements are only some of the subjects that make this edition indispensable for homebuyers who need help. It also takes into account the more prominent role the Internet now plays in searching for a realtor, finding a property, securing a mortgage, and even moving in. With a focus on helping first-time homebuyers, many of whom opt for condos, this new revision offers more new information on the special conditions of condo ownership. Alan Perlis and Beth Bradley (Birmingham, AL) are a husband-and-wife team who know just about everything there is to know about buying a home. Alan is a real estate broker with Oxford Realty Company in Birmingham, Alabama. Beth is a poet and former teacher.
Table of Contents
About the Authors.Introduction.I. Money Issues.1. Ready...Set...Finance!2. Cleaning Up Your Credit.II. Doing Your Homework, Getting Prepared.3. Getting Your Act Together.4. Getting a Grip on the Market.5. Home Shopping on the Internet.III. Preliminary Choices.6. Home Buying As an Investment.7. The Truth About New Construction.8. The Lowdown on Real Estate Agents.IV. The Process Begins: Looking for and Getting the Home You Want.9. The Search Is On: Looking at Houses with Your Agent.10. Removing the Barriers: The Art of Negotiating.V. Wrapping Up.11. The Inspection.12. Before Coming to the Closing Table.13. The Closing.VI. Taking It a Step Further.14. Moving Into and Living in Your New Home.15. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen-A Real Estate Law Primer.16. The Art of Relocation.VII. Appendices.A. The Nine Most Popular Home Styles.B. Important Statistics.C. Important Documents.D. Glossary of Terms.E. Bibliography.F. Resource Guide.Index.
ALAN PERLIS is a Broker Associate with Oxford Realty Company in Birmingham, Alabama. BETH BRADLEY is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, former teacher, and poet. Bradley and Perlis are married and the parents of three children.