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Your New House: The Alert Consumer's Guide to Buying and Building a Quality Home

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This year 1.2 million consumers will buy a new home, and they need real help in navigating the new-home minefield. The latest edition of Your New House includes charts, tables, black-and-white illustrations throughout, as well as updated prices and new trends in home buying. Also added is information on the dot-com shakeout, including what it means for online mortgages and home listings; more Web addresses for all major product manufacturers; and the best websites for deals on ...
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Overview

This year 1.2 million consumers will buy a new home, and they need real help in navigating the new-home minefield. The latest edition of Your New House includes charts, tables, black-and-white illustrations throughout, as well as updated prices and new trends in home buying. Also added is information on the dot-com shakeout, including what it means for online mortgages and home listings; more Web addresses for all major product manufacturers; and the best websites for deals on products like carpet and lighting.

If owning a home is the American Dream, then building a home is the American Nightmare. This book covers everything buyers and builders need to know about saving costs, time, materials, and their sanity. Readers will learn about bargains, smart solutions to finding the lowest mortgage rates, how to screen builders, and more. This new edition includes a detachable checklist of key questions to ask builders, architects and inspectors. 30 illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889392059
  • Publisher: Windsor Peak Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Fields and Alan Fields write a monthly column for Baby Talk magazine. They have written several best-selling books, including Baby Bargains and Bridal Bargains. They live in Boulder, CO.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 Reality Check: Bob Vila is NOT Building Your Home 1
Ch. 2 How Much New Home Can You Really Afford? 17
Ch. 3 The Building Team 44
Ch. 4 If Dirt Were Dollars ... Finding the Right Location for Your Home 69
Ch. 5 The Ugly Truth about Real Estate Agents: Helping Hand or Scum of the Earth? 84
Ch. 6 House by Design 103
Ch. 7 Bring on the Builder 134
Ch. 8 The Paper Trail: Protecting Your Rights with a Good Contract 168
Ch. 9 Key Inspection Points, Part I: The Skeleton House 199
Ch. 10 Key Inspection Points, Part II: Finally, Finishing 220
Ch. 11 When Things Go Wrong: Money and Other Sources of Friction 239
Ch. 12 Home Bargains! 250
What Does It All Mean? 257
Appendix A: Product Reviews: Windows, Plumbing, and More 258
Glossary 263
Bibliography: More Sources for Further Reading 268
About the Authors 270
Index 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    What a Help!

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who is considering building a new home. This book will answer all the questions you are afraid to ask the 'helpful' salespeople. It will give you enough knowledge to effectively communicate with your builder without turning you into an expert (probably an impossibility).

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