Barron's Real Estate Handbook

Overview


This comprehensive reference book has been updated to reflect the country's gradually recovering real estate market. It covers virtually every aspect of buying and selling, understanding mortgages, analyzing real estate investment opportunities, getting and understanding appraisal reports, and more. The book's most important features include--
  • An up-to-date summary of federal real estate legislation and ...
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Overview


This comprehensive reference book has been updated to reflect the country's gradually recovering real estate market. It covers virtually every aspect of buying and selling, understanding mortgages, analyzing real estate investment opportunities, getting and understanding appraisal reports, and more. The book's most important features include--
  • An up-to-date summary of federal real estate legislation and regulations
  • An overview and general description of careers in real estate
  • A 400-plus-page real estate glossary with A-to-Z short-entry definitions of real estate terms, financing terms, house styles and parts, and real estate organizations
  • An extensive set of tables that show monthly mortgage payment figures calculated across a wide range of annual interest rates
  • Facsimile real estate forms and worksheets to familiarize potential buyers with the paperwork involved in getting a mortgage and purchasing real estate

Here in one volume is a compendium of facts, figures, and general information that covers virtually every aspect of today's real estate industry. Features hundreds of charts, tables, and line illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This concise, single-source guide for real estate players includes a tersely worded but well-illustrated glossary of terms (making up half the book) and various payment and amortization tables. Home buyers and sellers, real estate investors, and individuals considering a real estate career are well served by this overview. Though not elaborate in detail, the text is a convenient initial reference. Revised to include the considerable changes brought about by the 1986 tax law, it is a valuable resource for all libraries. Joseph Barth, USMA Lib., West Point, N.Y.
Booknews
Nearly half of this handbook is devoted to a glossary of real estate terms that includes numerous line drawings of architectural structures and charts of mathematical formulas and economic procedures. An extensive section of tables provides information that can be used to construct monthly mortgage payment and amortization schedules for a variety of interest rates and terms, analyze the early years of a graduated payment mortgage, compute depreciation schedules under current tax law, and determine the effects of discount points. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Booknews
Provides definitions of 2,000 terms related to real estate, as well as financial tables, median sales prices of homes by city, a home buyers guide, and advice on buying and selling investment properties. The fifth edition adds guides to real estate careers and government regulations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764165610
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 588,148
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 6.32 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Jack P. Friedman, Ph.D., MAI, CPA, CRE, ASA, has written many books and articles on real estate and real estate financing. He is currently a real estate consultant, and was formerly chair professor of the Real Estate Research Center and Department of Finance at Texas A&M University.

Jack C. Harris, Ph.D., formerly a research economist at the Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University, is currently a consultant with expertise in appraising, mortgage financing, and policy planning.

Barry A. Diskin, Ph.D., MAI, is a full professor on the Real Estate Faculty of the College of Business, Florida State University. He is also a real estate consultant active in both the public and private sectors.

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Table of Contents


PREFACE
  • THE PAST AND FUTURE OUTLOOK FOR HOUSING

MARKETS IN THE UNITED STATES

  • HOME BUYERS GUIDE
  • HOME SELLERS GUIDE
  • MEDIAN SALES PRICES OF EXISTING SINGLE-FAMILY

HOMES FOR METROPOLITAN AREAS, 2004-2011

  • ANALYZING REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

OPPORTUNITIES

  • FEDERAL LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS

AFFECTING REAL ESTATE

  • CAREERS IN REAL ESTATE
  • REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL AND APPRAISAL REVIEW
  • GLOSSARY
  • REAL ESTATE-RELATED WEB SITES
  • TABLES

Monthly Amortizing Mortgage Payments

Loan Progress Tables (Remaining Balance per

$1,000 Original Loan)

Discount Point Tables (Effective Annual Interest Rates

on Loan Held to Maturity)

Graduated-Payment Mortgages (Monthly Payment per

$1,000 of Principal)

Depreciation Rates

The Tax Reform Act of 1986

Proration Percentages

  • APPENDIX

Parts of a House

Selected Construction Terms

Abbreviations

Measurement Tables

English System

Metric System

Equivalents Between English and Metric Systems

Mathematical Formulas

Real Estate Forms and Worksheets

  • INDEX
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