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How to Buy a House with No (or Little) Money Down

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In today's high-priced real estate market, relying on the old methods of financing puts home ownership out of reach for many potential first- time buyers. In this revision, two real estate specialists analyze alternative financing strategies. Three new chapters on the unconventional buyer, checking your credit rating and obtaining a mortgage with poor credit have been added. New requirements for mortgages, including 15- and 20-year terms, as well as lower down payments are described. Explores how to take ...
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Overview

In today's high-priced real estate market, relying on the old methods of financing puts home ownership out of reach for many potential first- time buyers. In this revision, two real estate specialists analyze alternative financing strategies. Three new chapters on the unconventional buyer, checking your credit rating and obtaining a mortgage with poor credit have been added. New requirements for mortgages, including 15- and 20-year terms, as well as lower down payments are described. Explores how to take advantage of sharing and equity kicker mortgages. Shows how to use lease options and seller financing to buy a home.

Packed with examples and sample documents, this text contains "every trick in the book" for buying a home with little or no money down.

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An attorney and a real estate columnist describe the legal, financial, and tax issues involved in purchasing a home for little or no money down. The text is designed for prospective homebuyers and is not intended to give advice on creative financing techniques for building a real estate portfolio. The third edition includes new sections on choosing an agent, using the Internet, and bidding. The volume does not include bibliographical references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471508182
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1989
  • Pages: 278

Meet the Author

MARTIN M. SHENKMAN, CPA, MBA, JD, is a well-known attorney with extensive knowledge of tax law and investments. He is the author of twenty-six books, including How to Sell Your House in a Buyer's Market, Real Estate After Tax Reform, and the previous editions of How to Buy a House with No (or Little) Money Down, all from Wiley.

WARREN BOROSON is an award-winning real estate columnist formerly with the Bergen Record. He has written several bestselling books on mutual funds.

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Table of Contents

1 Why Buy a House with Little or No Money Down? 1
2 How Much House Can You Afford? 13
3 If Your Credit Record is Poor... 31
4 The Smarter You Buy - The Lower the Downpayment 37
5 Cutting Closing Costs 61
6 Let the Seller Also be the Banker 79
7 Mom and Dad Give the Downpayment 111
8 Borrow the Downpayment from Family or Friends 133
9 Equity Sharing 153
10 FHA-Insured Mortgages: The 0.5% to 4.6% Solution 189
11 VA-Guaranteed Loans: The 0% Solution 199
12 The Perfect Mortgage 209
13 Private Mortgage Insurance: The 3% to 19% Solution 221
14 Lease the House with an Option to Buy 229
15 Still Other Sources of Downpayment Money 237
16 The Unconventional Buyer 247
17 More Ways Uncle Sam Can Help - Tax Savings 251
Glossary 271
Index 283
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