Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home

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Everything a buyer needs to know to buy a first home, with insider tips and advice from the experts!

Rental prices have gone through the roof, more homes are coming up for sale, and buying a home remains a sound investment. But how do you know whether you’re ready? And what steps should you take in the weeks or months ahead to find, buy, and move into your new home? Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home will help you find the right ...

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Overview

Everything a buyer needs to know to buy a first home, with insider tips and advice from the experts!

Rental prices have gone through the roof, more homes are coming up for sale, and buying a home remains a sound investment. But how do you know whether you’re ready? And what steps should you take in the weeks or months ahead to find, buy, and move into your new home? Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home will help you find the right place to live and invest in -- and enjoy the process, too.

Filled with interesting facts, real-life stories and insights, and common pitfalls to avoid, this book provides everything you need to select the right type of home, the right mortgage, the right agent, the right inspections -- and much more. Get the inside scoop on:

  • deciding between a house, condo, co-op or townhouse
  • exploring your local market for the best value
  • creating and managing a realistic homebuying budget
  • qualifying for and securing loan financing
  • getting the right inspections and insurance
  • negotiating with sellers or new home builders
  • successfully closing the deal

Read through the real-world experiences of over 20 first-time homebuyers, as well as valuable insights from a team of 13 real estate professionals, including:

  • real estate brokers
  • attorneys who specialize in real estate
  • a home inspector
  • a neighborhood researcher
  • a mortgage specialist
  • and more!

The brand new edition of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home is fully updated to reflect the dramatically changed U.S. housing market, with emphasis on how to assess the state of your local market and local homes’ true worth before making an offer and negotiating the terms of the deal. Download forms for book at nolo.com
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Editorial Reviews

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“Nolo’s excellent guide for novice home buyers provides fresh, updated information about the whole process that even those in the know will find useful.” Library Journal

“Takes the guesswork out of home buying…two thumbs up.” Elizabeth Weintraub, Home Buying & Selling Guide, About.com

“Coming from a gal that knows tools, this book is a must-have tool for any home buyer.” Norma Valley, Host of "Toolbelt Diva" (Discovery Home Channel)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413321180
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 12/12/2014
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 209,838
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Alayna Schroeder is a coauthor of several Nolo books, including Selling Your House in a Tough Market and Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. A Sacramento, California lawyer, she has represented employers in litigation, drafted employee handbooks and policies and counseled employers on sound employment practices. She holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Marcia Stewart writes and edits for Nolo on landlord-tenant law, real estate, and other consumer issues. She is the coauthor of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, Every Landlord's Legal Guide, First-Time Landlord, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Leases and Rental Agreements, Renters' Rights, and The Legal Answer Book for Families.

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Table of Contents

1. What’s So Great About Buying a House?

2. What Do You Want? Figuring Out Your Homebuying Needs

3. Does This Mean I Have to Balance My Checkbook? Figuring Out What You Can Afford

4. Stepping Out: What’s on the Market and at What Price

5. Select Your Players: Your Real Estate Team

6. Bring Home the Bacon: Getting a Mortgage

7. Mom and Dad? The Seller? Uncle Sam? Loan Alternatives

8. I Love It! It’s Perfect! Looking for the Right House

9. Plan B: Fixer-Uppers, FSBOs, Foreclosures, and More

10. Show Them the Money: From Offer to Purchase Agreement

11. Toward the Finish Line: Tasks Before Closing

12. Send in the Big Guns: Professional Property Inspectors

13. Who’s Got Your Back? Homeowners’ Insurance and Home Warranties

14. Seal the Deal: Finalizing Your Homebuying Dreams

15. Settling Into Your New Home

Index

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    ¿ Nolo¿s Essential Guide To Buying Your First Home¿ by Ilona Bra

    “ Nolo’s Essential Guide To Buying Your First Home” by Ilona Bray, J.D., Alayna Schroeder, J.D. & Marcia Stewart includes detailed information on making first time home purchases. There is also a Cd-rom attached to the end of the book. This was one of the books to catch my interest because my husband and I intend to purchase our first home within the next eight years. We are giving ourselves plenty of time to look around because we actually plan to permanently reside in the home for the long-term. The following are some of the informative details included in the book:
    Pages 25-27: Pinpointing personal preferences choice in the neighborhood of the home purchase
    Pages 90-97: Essential details on real estate agents
    Pages 275-303: Items to take care of before closing in on a house deal.
    “Nolo’s Essential Guide To Buying Your First Home” by Illona Bray, J.D., Alana Schroeder, J.D., & Marcia Stewart is good for first time home buyers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Great for those considering buying a home.

    This book is well organized by chapter to help you find the information you need. The entire thing was helpful for me during the home-buying process to help me understand the steps and what to expect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2009

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    A great investment!

    Unlike most how-to books, I read this one cover to cover. It covers every step in the home buying process, in order from start to finish. It includes detailed information on topics such as finding the right house, finding a loan, getting a good real estate agent, figuring out what to offer, the closing process, inspections, homeowners insurance and more. I bought a small army of how-to books to help me buy my first home, but I really only needed this one.

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    Posted May 5, 2009

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