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1001 Tips is a tremendous resource for those looking to either buy or sell. The investment in this book can undoubtedly make the sale or purchase of your real estate a much more profitable experience!

BRAVO!! Mark Nash has packed 1001 Tips with a lifetime of real estate "dos & don'ts" in a simple, easy-to-read format that can help any novice investor buy or sell a home like a pro.

About the Author

Mark Nash's fourth real estate book, "1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home" (2005), and working as a real estate broker in Chicago are the foundation for his consumer-centric real estate perspective which has been featured on ABC-TV, The Advocate Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bottom Line Magazine, CBS The Early Show, Bloomberg TV, CNN-TV, Chesapeake Home Magazine, Chicago Sun Times & Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, The Detroit News, Edmonton Sun, Fidelity Investor’s Weekly,HGTVpro.com, Lincoln Star-Journal, Market Watch, MSNBC.com, Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune, Medill School of Journalism News wire, The Miami Herald,The Milwaukee Journal, The New York Times, On The House-Radio Show, Quad City Times, Realtor(R) Magazine, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Smart Money Magazine, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times, Unique Homes Magazine, Universal Press Syndicate, USA Today and Yahoo News.

Mark is a contributing writer to RealtyTimes.com, BrokerAgentNews.com, PrincipalBroker.com ,Realtor Magazine Online and many real estate blogs including L..A.'s Best Real Estate Web log. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, National Association of Realtors(R) and frequently speaks on residential real estate issues and trends through ExecutiveSpeakers.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: ONCOURSE LEARNING; 1 edition (November 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0324232896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0324232899
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,839,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Hanson on January 29, 2011
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It seems like this book was written to be a giveaway for real estate agents. It has some good ideas, but is deeply flawed because of its strong bias towards maintaining the status quo for real estate agents within the conventional real estate market.

The author blatantly promotes the conventional costly and inefficient methods that are common to real estate transactions, and provides only lip-service for more effective and cost-efficient alternatives. If you sell a $300,000 house in the U.S., it will cost you $18,000-21,000 (6-7%) in commissions alone. Doesn't that cost seem a bit much for just transferring ownership from the seller to the buyer? The real estate establishment perpetuates the myth that the seller pays the agents, but in fact the seller pays the agents out of funds he receives from the buyer, so it is the buyer that is paying through a jacked up price do the house. Then, strangely, in most real estate systems, the listing agent and the buyer's agent both represent the seller. Isn't this system sort of odd?

Instead of offering a new, more efficient way, the author encourages the reader to stick to the status quo and sink lots of money into this inefficient system, perpetuating the myth that real estate transactions need to be complicated, costly, and high-anxiety.

A better way for the buyer --

1. Find houses that you like on your own -- the internet makes it easy.

2. When you set up the showings, tell the listing agent that you will not be bringing a buyer's agent and instead will be represented by an attorney, but that you expect a 3% reduced commission to recognize that there is not buyer's agent. Make sure the agent and his/her broker agree to this arrangement before you finalize a showing.
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The book had some good tips, but I feel like there was a lot of advice that I was looking for that I didn't get--like pros and cons of selling by owner vs. with an agent and searching on your own vs. getting a buyer agent--just as an example. If I had been able to preview it before I bought it, I wouldn't have bought it.
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Our house had been going nowhere in a stagnant market for nearly 10 months. After incorporating Mr. Nash's "tips" into our selling process, the house really took off, despite a difficult seller's market. By following his suggestions and reworking our marketing plan, we had the house sold and closed in a month and a half. Mr. Nash saved us the on-going drama of double mortgage payments! K. Joyce - Indianapolis
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I had a house. I had been through the buying process once already - did I really need this book? Yes, yes, definitely yes. This book highlighted 1) everything I had forgotten about the process of buying a home, 2) everything I didn't know the first time about buying a home, and 3) everything I needed to know about selling my most valuable asset. I was flabbergasted by the amount of information in this book and the excellent way in which it is organized. It guides you through the entire process, but makes it easy to jump to the issue that is most troubling at the moment. It provides information from the basics: Tip #227 - "Take your time. Do not let anyone rush you" to the more complex: Tip #556 Compare the benefits of working with a mortgage broker or mortgage banker". I did not even know there was a difference! This book is a font of information in an easy to read format - I do not know how I survived without it the first time around. I can only chalk it up to luck considering how much I did not know before I read this book. I recommend it to all my friends.
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This is a great help in understanding the very confusing world of real estate transactions. Mark Nash's book is invaluable to new buyers but will keep repeat buyers up to snuff on information that changes rapidly in this market. Do yourself a huge favor and avoid costly finacial mistakes by learning about the most important investment most of us will ever make. I wish I had this book 25 years ago-I'm be retired now!
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This is a fabulous book packed with all of the information homeowners need to know before buying or selling their homes. It is written in simple language in a format that makes it easy to navigate. A must have.
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Mark Nash does a wonderful job walking a buyer or seller through each step of the process in a checklist-style format. Whether you are a first time home buyer or not, it is a great reference tool.
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We just sold our townhouse using many of Mark Nash's tips. His top-notch advice really made a difference, and the book is worth every penny.
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