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How to Buy a House in California
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Strategies that work in California's unique market. Looking for a house in the Golden State? How to Buy a House in California will show you how to get a house you can afford and will enjoy living in for many years. With this bestseller in hand, you'll learn how to: choose a house and neighborhood you'll love select and manage a knowledgeable, hard-working agent qualify for the best mortgage figure out how much down payment you can afford make an offer and negotiate a good deal compete in multiple-bid situations inspect a house for problems and hazards buy and sell houses simultaneously, and get through escrow successfully. This 16th edition is completely updated with tips on how to deal with increasing prices and tightened lending practices. Packed with checklists and financial information, How to Buy a House in California will guide you step-by-step through the process of buying a home. Not a California resident? Check out Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home for information on buying a home in your state.
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-A valuable resource for California homebuyers and real estate professionals.- San Francisco Chronicle -The most complete book for California homebuyers.- The Los Angeles Times -Brimming with information on buying a house in California.- Oakland Tribune -This guide for general readers explains how houses are negotiated, financed, inspected, and purchased in California, with special emphasis on how California law differs from others states, and how laws and markets differ even within California. Coverage encompasses the purchase process, finding an agent and lender, choosing a mortgage, making a down payment, and arranging for inspection. The book offers guidance on financing, working with real estate professionals, types of houses and residences, and types of mortgages and loans. It contains many checklists, realistic vignettes, examples, and agency and web site resources. A companion web site offers forms, worksheets, videos, podcasts, blogs, and legal updates. About 40 pages of appendices offer facts on California and a list of related web sites keyed to each chapter, plus checklists and a list of forms.- Eithne O'Leyne, Editor Ringgold, Inc. ProtoView "A valuable resource for California homebuyers and real estate professionals." San Francisco Chronicle "The most complete book for California homebuyers." The Los Angeles Times "Brimming with information on buying a house in California." Oakland Tribune "This guide for general readers explains how houses are negotiated, financed, inspected, and purchased in California, with special emphasis on how California law differs from others states, and how laws and markets differ even within California. Coverage encompasses the purchase process, finding an agent and lender, choosing a mortgage, making a down payment, and arranging for inspection. The book offers guidance on financing, working with real estate professionals, types of houses and residences, and types of mortgages and loans. It contains many checklists, realistic vignettes, examples, and agency and web site resources. A companion web site offers forms, worksheets, videos, podcasts, blogs, and legal updates. About 40 pages of appendices offer facts on California and a list of related web sites keyed to each chapter, plus checklists and a list of forms." Eithne O'Leyne, Editor Ringgold, Inc. ProtoView A valuable resource for California homebuyers and real estate professionals. San Francisco Chronicle The most complete book for California homebuyers. The Los Angeles Times Brimming with information on buying a house in California. Oakland Tribune "The authors offer tips and advice for buying a house in California. Twenty-one chapters cover all aspects of home buying, from deciding on price to obtaining a mortgage and everything in between. Much of the information is general, but there are topics specific to California. Chapter titles include, "How Much House Can You Afford?," "Working with Real Estate Professionals," "New Houses, Developments, and Condominiums," and "If Something Goes Wrong During Escrow." Appendices list important California contacts and moving tips." Eithne O'Leyne, Editor Ringgold, Inc. ProtoView"

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