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Home Buying Kit for Dummies, 6th Edition

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Buying a Home 5 Chapter 1: Deciding Whether to Buy 7 Chapter 2: Getting Your Financial House in Order 21 Chapter 3: What Can You Afford to Buy? 37 Chapter 4: Why Home Prices Rise and Fall 65 Part II: Financing 101 79 Chapter 5: Understanding and Improving Your Credit Score 81 Chapter 6: Selecting a Mortgage 95 Chapter 7: Mortgage Quandaries, Conundrums, and Forms 123 Part III: Property, Players, and Prices 147 Chapter 8: Where and What to Buy 149 Chapter 9: Assembling an All?Star Real Estate Team 187 Chapter 10: What's It Worth? 215 Chapter 11: Tapping the Internet's Best Resources 235 Part IV: Making the Deal 245 Chapter 12: Negotiating Your Best Deal 247 Chapter 13: Inspecting and Protecting Your Home 273 Chapter 14: It Ain't Over till the Weight?Challenged Escrow Officer Sings 293 Part V: The Part of Tens 311 Chapter 15: Ten Financial "To Do's" After You Buy 313 Chapter 16: Ten Things to Know When Investing in Real Estate 321 Chapter 17: Ten Things to Consider When Selling Your House 327 Part VI: Appendixes 333 Appendix A: Sample Real Estate Purchase Contract 335 Appendix B: Sample Short?Sale Addendum plus Short?Sale Information and Advisory 347 Appendix C: Example of a Good Inspection Report 355 Appendix D: Glossary 375 Index 393

About the Author

Eric Tyson, MBA, is a financial counselor and the author of bestselling For Dummies books on personal finance, investing, and small business. Ray Brown, a real estate professional for more than 40 years, is a consultant and public speaker on residential real estate topics.

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