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Buy, Close, Move In!: How to Navigate the New World of Real Estate--Safely and Profitably--and End Up with the Home of Your Dreams Paperback – April 13, 2010
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The rules have changed, but your dreams haven't. You can buy the home you want—let award-winning real estate guru Ilyce Glink show you how!
With her books, syndicated newspaper and Internet columns, radio show, blog, Web site, and numerous media appearances, Ilyce Glink has become the go-to expert Americans rely on to help them successfully navigate the tricky world of real estate—a marketplace made even more complex today thanks to the Great Recession. Sure, there's a maze of new regulations. Sure, it's harder than ever to find a great deal or get the best loan. But you can do it. All it takes is a little expert advice from Ilyce.
Clear and concise, Buy, Close, Move In! cuts through confusing red tape to provide the essential inside information you need to make the best decisions, and answers commonly asked questions about every step of the process, including:
- Credit—from raising your score to identitifying theft protection
- Real estate investments—trends and opportunities
- Foreclosures, short sales, and auctions
- Appraisals, closing costs, and other fees
- Mortgages—fixed rate versus adjustable rate and other financing options
With Ilyce Glink's Buy, Close, Move In! you're one step closer to home.
About the Author
Ilyce Glink is the author of ten books, including the bestselling 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask. Her nationally syndicated column, "Real Estate Matters," appears in more than 125 newspapers and Web sites, and her online "Ask Ilyce" columns are read by hundreds of thousands of people every month. She is a top-rated radio host in Atlanta, the Home Equity blogger at CBS MoneyWatch.com, host of the Internet program "Expert Real Estate Tips," and publisher of ThinkGlink.com.
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"There has never been a better time to shop for financing," declares author Ilyce Glink, if you can pass the muster of credit and run the gauntlet of new lending benchmarks.
"BUY, CLOSE, MOVE IN!" (Harper Paperbacks 2010) holds a prism to the 2010 real estate market and casts a wide-ranging, holistic spectrum of the home buying process, for both primary homes and investment properties. Author Ilyce Glink is a best-selling real estate writer with almost a million books in print. Her new book unravels the mystery of the cabal that brought housing to its knees. Her explanation is simple and elegant, and she ties it to readers' expectations and specific, ordered action plans.
It's time to clear the shelves of outdated get-rich-quick real estate books and dusty infomercial CDs. Glink's book promises to show readers "How to Navigate the New World of Real Estate - Safety and Profitably - and End Up with the Home of Your Dreams." The book delivers on her promise from one chapter ("Ten Things That Have Changed in Real Estate, Ten Things That Haven't") to the next ("What Buyers Need to Know Now") ... and the next ("The New World of Mortgage Finance") ... and the next.
"It isn't that a few things have changed; the whole industry seems to have been upended by the collapse of the housing bubble. One thing that hasn't changed is that in order to play the real estate game well - including buying, financing, and closing on your new home - you must know the rules." ~ (Excerpt)
My favorite chapter is "Identifying Amazing Opportunities: Short Sales, Foreclosures, Fix-And-Flips, and Buy-And-Holds." Glink talks candidly about the emotional aspects of buying foreclosures and short sales, offers keen insight into the auction process, calculating the cost of improvements, and why there are different strokes for different folks.
Glink lays out the rules of the new financial order, and she shares recent anecdotes attesting to the soundness of her plan. Novice investors see opportunities in short sales and foreclosures. Using safe, legal, and common sense reasoning, one young couple builds a portfolio of several million dollars of real estate equity in 18 months. There is no sleight of hand, no rules bending, no secret formulas. This is not the chicanery of adrenaline-pumping, late-night TV real estate gurus.
Glink does not subscribe to popular blame games. Other members of the working press point accusing fingers at real estate agents and lenders for their high crimes and misdemeanors in the financial crisis. Real estate agents and brokers indict the press as chief evildoers, and lenders are quick to point to buyers' greed. The author presents historical facts in a measured tone leading to homebuyer action plans.
"BUY, CLOSE, MOVE IN!" fills a void on book store reading shelves in a market where extreme changes in lending culture render most real estate "how-to" books uselessly dated. Glink brilliantly mixes the right measure of longstanding good real estate sense with sound advice about dealing with new demands on the buying public.
Glink's advice for new age investors mirrors sage real estate advice of the last 20 years. Consumers will appreciate comprehensive discussion of the home buying process - setting a bar for expectation, negotiation strategies with sellers and with banks, choosing a real estate professional with savvy in niche markets, shopping for mortgage financing. At each juncture, Glink offers a range of choices for custom tailoring a real estate team and plan, honoring the notion that real estate is not a one-size-fits-all financial solution.
Real estate agents and brokers and mortgage lenders will appreciate the way Glink frames the decision making process. If they are smart, realty pros will order this book by the box, keep one copy for personal use, and share the rest with their clients and customers. "BUY, CLOSE, MOVE IN!" makes a strong case to consumers finding a good real estate agent partner to share their journey and help them navigate the changing currents in a fluid market.
It's about time consumers can reach for a real estate book that is complete, easy to read, up to date, and fosters smart choices!
The book written by Ilyce Glink, "Buy , Close, Move-In" is the latest in Think Glink products about all things Real Estate for "real people".
I commented on Frances' Tweet and guess who popped up? @Glink! By happy coincidence the author was planning a trip to Scottsdale to offer the keynote address for a national real estate conference. She graciously offered to meet with me and sign a few books before the conference. I quickly ordered a box and met Ilyce as soon as she arrived in Scottsdale and we had a fabulous time talking real estate, family, and eating buffalo chili at the Raddison Fort McDowell in Scottsdale
I really had no idea who Ilyce was until she made reference to the "first time " she appeared on "Oprah". I asked her to describe the moment she got the call to be on the show and she said, "Well, I just arrived home after being a guest on "The Today Show".
"Oh," said I.
Since that day I have been sleeping with Ilyce Glink's new book, "Buy, Close, Move-In." As a 25+ yr veteran in Scottsdale Real Estate, shouldn't I already know everything?
Not even close! During my Real Estate career I have been blessed as The Contractors Wife at Casa Buena Realty / Construction. and I have grown with an ever changing Real Estate environment..
As a veteran broker I am working on my next 25 years and "Buy, Close, Move-In" is a great tool to remind me about the changing landscape in real estate. I am not an avid book reader, which explains why I have been sleeping with the book next to my bed and reading a bit at night and a bit in the morning.
"Buy , Close , Move-In" has been a fabulous tool to help me catch up! You just can't keep up with the constant changes in today's Real Estate environment. This book is a great way to smooth out the wrinkles in your mind.
I am giving these books away to other Agents who may find themselves struggling and to home sellers and new and experienced buyers and sellers. I only ask that they pass it along when they are finished to help someone else.
Ilyce takes the reader step by step through new lending scenarios, and outlines a fundamental and reasonable plan of action for home buyers in language understandable to anyone, even someone that has not been on "Oprah." The talking points that are shared will assist in meaningful agent client interaction.
I think this book is a "must have" for brokers, agents, first time buyers / sellers, investors, and especially for people who have done this before. Things have changed! Emotional attachments are different and sometimes non-existent. It is important to use the information in "Buy, Close, Move-In" to make all the right "moves" and not suffer the emotional drain that happens when you make poor, ill guided choices.
(By the way, the best price I found was on Amazon and my delivery was here in two days.)
I read only the sections I was interested in...