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  • Series: 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 3 edition (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400081971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400081974
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Buying a home requires skill in a variety of areas. There's negotiating, financing, inspecting a home, and understanding legal contracts. It's really too much for most people to do by themselves, which, as you know by now, is why most of us pay good money to hire real estate agents, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, and other professionals to help with the process. But that doesn't remove the buyer from the role of project manager, whose job is to understand what each specialist is meant to do and recognize when one of those key players is not doing his or her job right. Books such as 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask help the novice gain a solid understanding of the basics involved in this often complex process. The questions in this second edition of author Ilyce R. Glink's book also make buyers think about their decisions. If you want to buy an older home, for example, do you understand that older windows may need caulking or new sashes, that bathroom tiles may need regrouting, and that an older home may need rewiring, a new hot water heater, or a new furnace right away? Other questions range from the routine (How much can I afford? How do I make an offer?) to some that are hard to anticipate (What if the seller wants to stay in the house after the closing? Who should attend the closing?). Chapters are devoted to key topics, including figuring out what kind of house you want (this effort starts with a "wish list" and improves with a "reality check"), knowing what you can afford, putting together and negotiating a deal, financing your home, closing on the deal, and then doing what it takes to live happily ever after. Of course, living happily ever after requires understanding when it's time to move on to your next home, a process that may find you dusting off this book in the coming years. --John Russell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Discrimination is still a factor in the marketplace and women home buyers, especially single women, can be susceptible to being taken advantage of by sellers who think they can pull one over on you because you're a woman. Additionally, real estate brokers and lenders are sometimes wary of women purchasing homes by themselves. Your best defense is to know what you're talking about and this book covers virtually everything a first-time home buyer should know: what to look for in a home, how to prequalify for a mortgage, financing, house inspections, closing procedures-all presented in a question and answer format. Owning a home does take a certain amount of responsibility, but it's fun and it's a good investment. The stuff you need to know isn't difficult, and if you know what to expect and what questions to ask, it will remove a lot of anxiety from your first purchase. -- From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by FGP --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Ilyce R. Glink is an award-winning financial journalist, radio talk show host, television reporter, best-selling book author, and Internet entrepreneur.

Her goal is to help you make smarter decisions with your money, and she works toward that by providing great real estate and personal finance information online, in print, and on the radio:

* She writes the nationally-syndicated "Real Estate Matters" and "Ask The Real Estate Lawyer" columns, that appear in more than 100 newspapers and websites nationwide;
* She is the popular Home Equity blogger for MoneyWatch.com;
* She hosts a top-rated Sunday morning talk show on Newstalk 750 WSB/Atlanta;
* She hosts and produces ExpertRealEstateTips, an Internet video series with more than 300 episodes.

She has also written twelve books, including her latest, BUY, CLOSE, MOVE IN!, and the bestselling 100 QUESTIONS EVERY FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER SHOULD ASK (3rd Ed). She has also written dozens of ebooks, which are available at ThinkGlink.com.

In addition, Ilyce works with companies to create unique content managemet and marketing programs, including lead generation, nurture, and educational programs.

Follow Ilyce on Twitter (@Glink), join her Facebook fan page (Facebook.com/IlyceGlinkFanPage), and be sure to visit her websites, ThinkGlink.com and ExpertRealEstateTips.net. While you're there, sign up for her free weekly newsletter, so you can stay on top of everything that happens in the ThinkGlink.com community.





Customer Reviews

This book helped me buy my first home.
BargainBetty
If you read and apply the lessons of this book, you will be more ready than many people who have already bought homes.
Donald Mitchell
Very informative and in an easy-reading format.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

186 of 192 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
I will be buying a house in about 8-10 months and want to make sure I dont make an expensive mistake. I've read this whole book since I got it from Amazon, and overall I'm glad I read it, but wish I had checked it out of the library instead. It's an EXCELLENT book for generals - general facts, general information, to be pointed in the right general direction. But it's not a good book for cold hard facts and really valuable specifics. It wont turn you into a real negotiating shark or wheeler and dealer when you're dealing with agents or mortgage brokers (which is the kind of information I was looking for).
This book is very slanted towards New York and Chicago, also, because that is where the author's experience lies. But I'm in North Carolina, and some of the information presented as gosepl in this book is just plain factually incorrect for my state. This can be really misleading and problematic depending on your state if you try to follow this book too closely.
The book does contain great reference sections on contracts, resources, and real estate terms; and it also has mortgage payment tables in the back (but they only go up to 100,000 and who really spends less than 100K anymore?).
Although I have said more negative and positive, this is a nice book in a lot of ways. If you know nothing about what is involved in buying a house, definitely get this book. It's wonderful for basic introductory information and it is a pretty hefty book (450 pgs - great value for the cover price). But if you know what is involved and are looking for "inside" information and consumer protection advice on negotiations with brokers, agents, lawyers, mortgage brokers, title companies, etc etc., get something else. If you really want to know about tricks and traps and shady dealings to avoid, you wont find much of that in this book. It's a real estate primer and a wonderful read - but very basic, simple information.
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223 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I happily endorse this book. The new second edition contains many new questions from the first edition, revised many other questions, and completely rewrites every answer. Things are changing fast in residential real estate, and this book will bring you up-to-date. Whether you are a first-time buyer, first-time seller, or haven't bought a home in at least five years, this book will serve your needs very well. The questions are drawn from those that brokers report that first-time buyers most often ask. The answers draw upon the experiences of many brokers.
How much training does it take to become a librarian, teacher, lawyer, physician, or rocket scientist? How well would the world work for us if such training were skimped on?
When it comes to buying a first home (whether condo, co-op, or fixer-upper), most people act as though you can do brain surgery without the training. Not!
Even if you view this emotionally and financially important investment as one to be approached carefully, most first-time buyers will make important errors. Here are a few of my favorites:
(1) Not thinking about how hard it may be to resell the home.
(2) Vastly underestimating how much money will be needed to fix it up.
(3) Overpaying for the home because of not realizing how to negotiate.
(4) Waiting until finding one's soul mate before purchasing.
(5) Spending more than you can afford, and using boxes for furniture.
(6) Purchasing a home that doesn't fit your needs (where will you put 4 children and you in 2 bedrooms?).
(7) Taking on a horrible commute.
Interest rates are down in light of the terrible terrorist tragedy and weak economy. Unemployment is rising. Based on historical patterns, this is a good time to buy. Are you ready?
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
The fact that the author is herself in real estate lends a skewed perspective to her material. I found "Home Buying for Dummies" to be much more objective and definately superior in clarity!! I found it rather astonishing that the author did not go into the idea of requesting an activity sheet from the agent or that you should always ask for comp sheets. She wants the reader to place a lot of faith in their agent, and while we can assume she is above board, this is a rather dangerous attitude to espouse.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very informative and very specific regarding many details of my first time home buying experience. The format allows for a very quick read and for jumping around between subjects. This book should probably be purchased as soon as one finds they are thinking about buying a home. If not it might just add to the large amount of information they will have to read. One con was that the book is slightly dated because of the current market both financial and housing.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
While, this book doesn't go into the specifics it is excellent for anyone thinking about buying their first home. I would recommend buying this book a few years before you actually want to purchase and then buy another (more detailed book), closer to purchase. There were several things that didn't even occur to me when saving up for deposit, and the mortgage application process. This book has put me on the right track to purchase a home.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is without a doubt, the most well-written book on home buying I have read, and I've read several of them. First of all, the actual quality of the writing is first-rate, making an enjoyable read. Second of all, each chapter clearly outlines a strategy for dealing with a particular aspect of house buying and makes clear all of the pitfalls and problems you might run into and how to deal with them.
I would rarely give a book 5 stars here, but this one truly deserves it.
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