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Updated for 2014! Learn how to buy a house without getting ripped off! Alysse Musgrave, the owner of one of the country's oldest and most successful Exclusive Buyer Agencies, shows you how to avoid the financial traps and pitfalls that the real estate and mortgage industries have set for you.

In Buying a Home: Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You, you will learn, in a clear and concise way:

• How to analyze floor plans

• The trick to buying a home with great resale potential

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Overview

Updated for 2014! Learn how to buy a house without getting ripped off! Alysse Musgrave, the owner of one of the country's oldest and most successful Exclusive Buyer Agencies, shows you how to avoid the financial traps and pitfalls that the real estate and mortgage industries have set for you.

In Buying a Home: Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You, you will learn, in a clear and concise way:

• How to analyze floor plans

• The trick to buying a home with great resale potential

• The truth about real estate agents

• How to fire your agent

• All about FSBO's, foreclosures, new construction and MLS listed homes

• What to look for when touring homes

• The four most common negotiating strategies sellers use when responding to buyer offers
• The one thing more important to a seller than price

• How to write an offer that protects you

• What repairs to request from the seller

• How to force your loan officer to give you accurate pricing information and avoid a bait and switch at the closing table

• Homeowner scams

• All about mortgages, home warranties, homeowner's insurance, title insurance, and much more.

In a real estate transaction the buyer assumes all of the risk. The seller walks away from the property and is free of any obligation or responsibility. The buyer pays for inspections, appraisals, closing costs, and ends up with the house and a mortgage.

At best, buying a home is a complicated process. At worst, it can be an emotional and financial nightmare. Not only do you have to find a house that you love, you have to verify its condition, negotiate a good price, figure out how to pay for it, insure it, move in, all the while ensuring you are buying a home that you will be able to resell for a profit when the time comes. The list of things to consider is seemingly endless.

The sensible information you'll find in this book is unlike anything you have read online or in any other real estate book. Buying a home is a complicated process, and this book simplifies it. You will learn how to make smart choices when you purchase your next home, and how to recognize fraud when you see it!

Don't let them make a monkey out of you!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482534788
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/2/2013
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 616,670
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Alysse Musgrave is a graduate of Texas A&M University and owner of HelpUBuy America, an Exclusive Buyer Agency headquartered in Dallas with offices across the state of Texas. She is the author of the bestselling book "Buying a Home: Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You", and the recently released "Realtor Monkey: The Newest, Sanest, Most Respectable Path to Success With Your Real Estate License".

For 20 years, Alysse has been advocating for homebuyers who have been used and abused by real estate agents and mortgage companies. In opposition to an industry she found distasteful, she made her feelings known when she started using pictures of monkeys on her business cards rather than pictures of herself. She made few friends in the world of real estate when her slogan became, "Don't Let Them Make a Monkey Out of You!" and when she spoke out very publicly against the practices of predatory lenders. The monkeys, however, make her point, which is that in an industry where financial traps are being set for the buyer, education is paramount.

Information about employment and franchise opportunities can be found at www.HelpUBuyAmerica.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Me and my partner found this book so helpful! We're buying our f

    Me and my partner found this book so helpful! We're buying our first house so getting on the property ladder is really scary for us. We've been using the tips in this book while looking and I believe we will be buying a new house in no time with out being taken advantage of!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    This book saved me over $40,000 on the purchase of my new home!

    This book saved me over $40,000 on the purchase of my new home! It is a must have for even a second time buyer. Full of honest eye-opening information.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

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    Bought two books on buying a house, I think overall I preferred the other as it had more information for a first-time home buyer. This book was short but had some things the other didn't. As a writer/editor, I'd say the biggest flaw was organization. The chapters and content could be better arranged. Some things weren't clarified until a couple of chapters later, meaning you have to go back to fully absorb it. Overall, a quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Great book with lots of information I haven't read anywhere else

    Great book with lots of information I haven't read anywhere else.  It's a quick read...the author is no nonsense and gets right to the point.  I like that. If you are buying a home, this book will teach you how do it without getting ripped off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    This book saved me over $40,000 on the purchase of my new home!

    This book saved me over $40,000 on the purchase of my new home! It is a must have even for a second time buyer. 

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