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Investing in a home is likely the single biggest expenditure most individuals will make. It’s a decision that involves the head, the heart, the pocketbook, and possibly the retirement nest egg. That’s why it’s crucial to make the right choice when buying a home and to exercise financially savvy when selling one.

This comprehensive update to Kiplinger’s Buying and Selling a Home provides all the information readers need to protect the investment in their homes. The editors of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance have completely revised this popular guide to reflect the realities of today’s real estate marketplace. Tax shelters, mortgage types, and home insurance policies are discussed and evaluated in detail. Buyers will learn how to choose the best housing for their budget, work effectively with brokers, find financing deals, and negotiate the best price. Sellers will discover how to polish their home for sale, select an agent, analyze alternatives to selling, and move the property fast, no matter what the market is like.

Whether a reader is seeking a starter home, a step-up, a vacation retreat, or a retirement haven, this practical guide explains how to make all the right moves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419535789
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Series: Buying and Selling a Home Series
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

For eight decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation's first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continually published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger's created the nation's first personal finance magazine. Located in the heart or our nation's capital, the Kiplinger editors remain dedicated to delivering sound, unbiased advice for your family and your business in clear, concise language.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part I For Buyers
Chapter 1 To Buy or Not to Buy 3
The Intangibles
Financial Benefits
The Risks and Hard Work of Homeownership
Rent Versus Buy
Buying a House with Others
Chapter 2 Assessing Your Resources 11
Figure Your Net Worth
The Down Payment
How Big a Loan?
Prepare Yourself
How Much Down, How Much Borrowed?
Clean Up Your Credit Report
Your Credit Score
Obtaining Preapproval with a Lender
Kinds of Loans
Get Your Earnest Money Ready
Chapter 3 Home Sweet Tax Shelter 29
Deductibility of Mortgage Interest
Adjust Your Withholding
Record Keeping
Deductibility of Mortgage Points
Deductibility of Closing Costs
Other Tax Angles of Owning
Deductibility of Interest on Debt Secured by a Home
Chapter 4 Define Your Needs, Pick a Neighborhood 45
Make a List of Needs and Wants
Make a "Don't Want" List, Too
Choosing a Neighborhood
Tips for Relocation
Weigh the Negatives
How is the Neighborhood Organized?
Examine the Lot
Chapter 5 Many Kinds of Homes 61
Single-Family Detached Houses
Condominium Ownership
Cooperative Apartments
Manufactured Homes
Chapter 6 House-Hunting Strategies 87
The Buyer's Market
The Seller's Market
Searching on Your Own
Shopping with a Real Estate Agent
Using a Buyer's Broker
Perusing the Ads
Handling the "Sale by Owner"
Touring the House
Scope Out the Sellers
If Your Encounter Discrimination
Chapter 7 Making an Offer 111
How Much Is the House Worth?
Finding an Appraiser
Establish Your Priorities
Need Seller Financing?
Hire Your Own Representative
Hone Negotiating Skills
Put It in Writing
The Opening Bid
The Purchase Contract
Presentation and Counteroffer
Relocation Loans
Guaranteed Sale
Bidding on a For-Sale-by-Owner House
Chapter 8 Have the Home Inspected 131
Finding a Good Inspector
The Cost
The Inspection
The Report
Back to the Seller?
Special Situations: New Homes, Condos, and Co-ops
New-Home Warranties
Help from the FHA or VA
Chapter 9 Pick the Right Mortgage 147
The Basics
Fixed or Adjustable Rate?
Fixed-Rate Loans
Adjustable-Rate Mortgages
No-Down, No Kidding
Making a Mortgage Choice
Go for Equity?
The Vanishing Point
Chapter 10 Find a Lender, Get a Loan 171
The Secondary Market's Role
Sources of Mortgage Money
Other Types of Financing
Using a Reporting Service
Fine-Tuning Your Choice
The Loan-Application Process
Private Mortgage Insurance
Credit Life Insurance-Something Your Can Do Without
The Wait and the Tension
Chapter 11 Get a Good Title 197
How the Process Works
Hazards of a Clouded Title
Less Than Best
Buying Title Insurance
Title Documents You May See at Closing
Chapter 12 Get Ready for Settlement 207
How to Take Title
Insurance on Your New Home
Flood Insurance
Earthquake Insurance
Insurance on Your Life
On to Settlement
What to Bring to Closing
The Final Inspection
Prepare a File for Your Taxes
When Your Mortgage Is Sold
Chapter 13 Buying a Vacation Home 231
Study Before You Buy
Vacation-Home Strategies
Buying with Partners
Taxes Take No Holiday
Part II For Sellers
Chapter 14 Alternatives to Selling 249
Tapping Your Home Equity
Second Mortgages
FHA Loans
Full Refinancing
Special Help for Senior Citizens
Chapter 15 Tax Angles of Selling a Home 273
Keeping Uncle Sam's Hands Off Your Profit
A Tax-Free Vacation Home?
A Home-Office Trap
Record Keeping
No News Is No News
Owner Financing
What If You Can't Sell?
Permanent Rental
Selling for a Loss
Moving Expenses
Chapter 16 Polishing the Merchandise 289
First Impressions Count
Get the Place in Shape
Do Your Homework
Are Disclosures Needed?
Chapter 17 Sell Through an Agent or Go It Alone? 297
An Agent's Strengths
Going It Alone
Steps to Success for the Fizzbo
Getting Help
Chapter 18 Picking a Broker, Listing Your Home 313
Selecting the Firm
Finding the Best Agent
Interviewing the Agents
Kinds of Listings
Elements of the Listing Contract
Get Ready to Sell
Chapter 19 Setting the Right Price 325
The Dangers of Overpricing
Study the Comparables
Seller Financing?
Get an Appraisal?
Special Advice for Fizzbos
Faster Ways to Sell
Offer Help with Financing
Chapter 20 Negotiating with Buyers 341
Negotiating Through an Agent
Considering the Contract
Take Back a Mortgage?
Forging an Agreement
Selling on Your Own
Chapter 21 Preparing for Settlement 355
Keep Yourself Informed
The Papers You'll Need
Index 359
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

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    I'm a first time home-seller who (like most home-sellers) is planning to buy a house at the same time. So to help me prepare for the process, I really wanted to find a book that would help me understand the process of selling my house while trying to buy another home. 'Kiplinger's Buying and Selling a Home' was NOT very helpful to me at all! More than half of the book is dedicated to the topic of buying a home, and about half of this material is best suited to the first-time buyer audience. The second part of the book on selling a home was also really superficial, and geared more towards the For Sale By Owner audience. My biggest gripe about this book is that the two sections (on buying and then on selling) are completely disjointed. There's no useful connection between the topics to help a second-time buyer/first-time seller through the challenging process of buying and selling a home. The whole book left me feeling like I'd wasted my time and money. Unless you're a first-time buyer who wants a basic preview of what to expect when you eventually decide to sell your house, I'd recommend finding another book.

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