The First-Time Homeowner's Handbook: A Complete Guide And Workbook for the First-Time Home Buyer: With Companion CD-ROM

The First-Time Homeowner's Handbook: A Complete Guide And Workbook for the First-Time Home Buyer: With Companion CD-ROM

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The First-Time Homeowner's Handbook: A Complete Guide And Workbook for the First-Time Home Buyer: With Companion CD-ROM by Atlantic Publishing Co

The procedure of buying a home can be a scary experience. There are a lot of people to deal with, from a Realtor to attorneys to bankers. There's tons of paperwork with terms and vocabulary that read like a foreign language. In this new book you will find vital information and great strategies that will allow you to find your dream home faster and feel confident about the purchase. You will learn to avoid some of the most prevalent - and potentially dangerous and expensive - mistakes made by first-time home buyers.

According to Money Magazine, "Over the past five years, home values nationally have risen 65 percent while the stock market has fallen." Now is the time to get into the real estate marketplace. With the help of this comprehensive new guide, you will learn how to find the best opportunities, negotiating, financing, budgets, needs and wants, credit reports, home-buying timeline, the process of building a house, manufactured homes, real estate and mortgage glossaries, setting values, home warranties, homeowners insurance, creative financing, buying with little or no money down, closing, moving plans, walkthroughs, closing and settlement inspections, legal contracts, mortgages, what you can afford, deciding which neighborhood to choose, hiring a realtor, which government agencies can help, considerations for veterans, IRA use, hiring an attorney, the offer, calculating monthly payments, and escrow.

This comprehensive resource contains a wealth of modern tips and strategies for financing and closing on a property. The author shows readers how to find out how much they're really worth, how to uncover unknown assets, and how to enhance credit ratings within six months, provides information and suggestions on everything from no-down-payment mortgages to finding the right agent. It leads you down the path to home ownership, one step at a time. Though you may be relatively cash-poor or have a less-than-perfect credit rating, you can acquire a mortgage and find the house you've always wanted. The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version.  It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780910627702
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc
Publication date: 09/30/2006
Edition description: Includes CD-ROM
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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The First-Time Homeowner's Handbook: A Complete Guide And Workbook for the First-Time Home Buyer: With Companion CD-ROM 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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This is helpful for getting you through some of the technical aspects once you get into the process of buying a home. It's not great for someone truly getting started from square one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, let me say that my husband and I really appreciate the CD. It has all the forms and lists we needed to feel confident when we bought our first home. From building costs and budget worksheets, to banking support, these documents were a big help. From why you want to own your own home, what to do when you find the one you¿re looking for, and what to expect at closing, this handbook walks you through the process. This step-by-step guide shows you how to fill out the attached forms and gives you confidence that is sure to eliminate any buyer¿s remorse you would have felt after your purchase. Overall, the book was very helpful and will be a useful tool for anyone going through the process for the first time. Buying your first house doesn¿t have to be scary. This handbook makes the process an understandable and exciting experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a little nervous about buying yet another book on how to buy my first home. After all, if I had spent all the money I spent researching the concept on my down payment¿ Well, ok may that¿s a bit of an exaggeration. I was still skeptical I could learn anything new, but I was wrong. This book is different from other guides in that it provides accessible information for me, the everyday Joe Q. public person. I don¿t have a trust fund to take care of my bills, my credit isn¿t pristine for the past billion years, and my credit-to-debt ratio reflects 8 years of college from a working class environment. Yet, this book gave me answers, strategies, and lots of helpful information that was more than just hope. It made it seem possible. Nothing is just glossed over rather there are comprehensive guides, tools, and strategies to make owning your own home a reality. The forms included on the CD are a bonus as well! And in PDF format for a win so it¿s simply filling it out on screen, printing and moving forward with no excuses left! I can¿t wait till I finally close!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must have if you are interested in purchasing your first home. The home buying process can be confusing and scary. This handbook takes the fear out of buying a home for the first time. The author takes you step by step through the process from finances to after the closing. The glossary in the back helps you become familiar with real estate and mortgage terminology. Read this book before you start looking for a house. There is a lot of valuable information included that will save you headaches later. The advice will help you find a real estate agent and the perfect home. Worksheets and tips help you determine how much you can afford to spend on your new home and the book contains advice for cleaning up credit problems. Tips from real estate agents are located throughout the book and are very helpful. The appendix at the back of the book has a lot of valuable information and forms. There are contracts, forms typically used in real estate transactions, a budget worksheet and a questionnaire to help you choose an agent. The forms are also on the CD ROM that is included in the back of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Need a book to help you wade through the jumbled mess of today's housing market? ¿the First-Time Homeowner's Handbook¿ is that and more. Buying your first house can sometimes seem like a shot in the dark, but it doesn't have to be that way. This book breaks everything you need to know down into easy-to-follow steps. You get simple checklists and sample forms the book even comes with a companion CR ROM full of extra samples. Everything you could ever need to know about buying and owning a home is in this one small volume. Don't pass it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I¿m well beyond looking for my first home, my daughter is about ready and asked for my advice. I did provide her with some information, based upon my experience, but thought it better perhaps to send her to an expert. The expert that I wound up with is The First-Time Homebuyer¿s Handbook and, before I shipped it off to her, I previewed it to make certain that it would help her. I found it to be straightforward and comprehensive, and it answers all possible questions about finding, building, buying, financing and closing on a home, as well as to the fundamental question: Should I buy a home? The CD-ROM included with the guide includes what appears to be any form that might possibly be required. I think that this book will do the trick for the any new homebuyer, and my daughter agrees.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buying a new home can be an overwhelming experience for anyone, but especially for first time buyers. This book is written expressly for individuals buying their first home. The entire procedure is broken down into small, sequential pieces which can be easily understood by the reader. All aspects of home buying are covered, including the next steps following the purchase of a new home. The book also includes a wonderful CD-ROM containing over thirty different worksheets, forms, and sample contracts. Although each state has its own specific laws and regulations, these forms will help the first time buyers acquaint themselves with the process and feel more at ease with the paperwork. Included in the worksheets is a questionnaire to be used when interviewing real estate agents, arguably the most important decision when beginning to search for a house. This book simplifies the process of home buying for the novice. I would recommend this book for people who are intimidated by the prospect of buying a home. The knowledge and presentation of the book will ease the minds of prospective buyers and empower them in the home buying process.