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How to Buy a House in California

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IRA Serkes is a local Realtor with RE/MAX Real Estate (www.berkeleyhomes.com) and a Certified Residential Specialist. He and his wife, Carol, specialize in helping home buyers and sellers throughout the East Bay. He is a founding member of The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and author of Nolo's How to Buy a House in California and Get the Best Deal When Selling Your Home -- San Francisco Bay Area Edition from Gabriel Publications. Serkes is also a graduate of Realtors Institute (GRI), a Certified Internet Real Estate Professional (e-Pro), a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and one of only 4,000 U.S.Accredited Buyer Representatives (ABR). The late George Devine was a licensed real estate broker and a widely respected educator in the real estate field. He obtained a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, and an M.A. from Marquette University, and pursued additional studies at San Francisco State University, Seton Hall University, Fordham University, New York University, the University of California at Berkeley, and other academic institutions. Before his death in 2015, he taught real estate at the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco, where he was named the Outstanding Adjunct Professor. For several years, George wrote the popular "Real Estate Handbook" column in the weekly Real Estate Guide section of the San Francisco Progress. He authored For Sale By Owner in California and co-authored How to Buy a House in California. Ilona Bray is an author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, and nonprofit fundraising. She is coauthor of Becoming a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Immigration Made Easy, Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home and numerous other top selling books. Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Masters degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington. Bray also blogs on Nolo's Immigration Law Blog.


"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

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