Buying a House

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"valuable info" - by XY (Denver, CO)
I started looking for a house to buy in October 2014. The last time I bought a house was in 1991, so I was a little rusty. I purchased "Buying Your First Home" and the "Home Buying Kit For Dummies." I thought that there would be much duplication between the two books, but actually they are more complimentary than competitive. I would recommend buying both to anyone entering the housing market.

On the negative side, both books do a very poor job of explaining how home buyers can obtain a strategic edge in home search and home buying negotiations through the use of the internet. Unfortunately, the extent of this edge depends upon the quality of the online records provided by your state and county, which may be why the books fail to mention it. In my case, I was able to find out a huge amount about the personal and ... full review

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"I'm ready!" - by Amazon Customer
I rushed into home buying 2 months ago, being preapproved and actively looking with a real estate agent - I got cold feet and took a step back to reasses. I almost talked my way out of home ownership but decided to take an online course (seemingly helpful but easily forgettable) and bought two books! With the online course completed and this book under my belt I'm feeling confident I have the knowledge to purchase a home confidently.

I'm normally a slow and fantasy/sci-fi reader. But this book only took me 5 days to finish reading (a few hours a day) and I enjoyed every minute. Definelty money well spent.

Now it's time to out my review where my mouth is. I'll update this when I close on a house (hopefully 1st quarter of 2018!)

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"So far it's been a awesome learning experience and I'm excited about this new journey ..." - by Gino R.
I'm a newbie in REI. Started in January and am currently closing on my second rental property. So far it's been a awesome learning experience and I'm excited about this new journey I'm taking. I had a lot of questions along the way and this book really helped answering a lot of those questions. Thanks Mark! Would recommend to anyone getting started in REI like me.

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"A solid and accurate discussion of considerations in buying a house" - by William Warhurst
A solid and accurate discussion of considerations in buying a house. I am a real estate lawyer. I reviewed the book as something I might recommend to a diligent client wanting to understand real estate at a little depth. This book seems like a good choice for someone who wants to understand the process (as it really is, not as it is usually hyped) and try to protect themselves against poor choices.

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"Buy this book if you want to really understand the mortgage business!" - by ugagrad
A must have for anyone seeking a mortgage or for a real estate agent to truly understand how mortgages work. Even though I have purchased three homes, until I read this book I must admit that I did not fully understand the process and how to not make critical mistakes. Also, as a editor of a business magazine, I will be able to apply this knowledge to our content.

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"Hands Down the Best Home Buying Book I've Read" - by Dennis (Chicago)
I read through at least 20 different home buying books when I was going through the home buying process, and this book was hands-down the best. Glink has the book formatted into 100 questions that start with rent-vs-buy and go all the way to moving into your new home. This book covers everything you could want to know, and it covers most things in more detail than any other book. Granted, it's the size of a textbook (455 pages), but I really loved how in-depth the book went on all of the different topics. Since this edition was updated in 2018 it is also the most relevant book - things have changed so much in the past decade that it's important to have the most up-to-date info.

I found myself constantly flipping through this book during the homebuying process, which was easy thanks to the way the book is formatted: ... full review

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"I Highly Recommend this book" - by Amazon Customer
Dylan Chalk does a great job of walking you through what to consider when purchasing a home. I'm impressed with the clarity and the practical approach to an aspect of life (home buying) with which so many of us experience but know very little about. I highly recommend The Confident House Hunter for those looking for home to purchase!

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"A Lifesaver!" - by Ashley
As I am in the process of considering buying a home, this book could not have come at a better time! It really outlines all of the things I need to know to become a well informed homebuyer and taking into account things I never had a clue about. Thank you for this practical, step by step guide to homeownership! Much appreciated!

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"A must have for any home." - by Amanda D Martin (Las Vegas, Nevada United States )
A must have for any home. This book gives you tips on how to decide if you should sell your home or if you should just renovate your home. It also gives you a chart of when the best time to buy things such as electronics and flooring. There is so much more that I could mention but I wouldn't be able to fit it within the character allotment. You don't have to be a fan of the show to love this book but it doesn't hurt.

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"Informative, Enjoyable" - by TheNamelessWonder
Very informative, but not boring to read. It has a lot of general information that applies to buying any home, plus chapters that talk about specific situations (such as buying a condo, a fixer-upper, foreclosure, etc.) so you can read the section if it applies to you or skip ahead without missing any general information. There's a chapter about building your credit that's especially helpful if you've still got at least six months before you start looking for a house. This is my favorite of all home-buying books I've read.

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"Great intro to Down Payment Assistance" - by Mark1013 (Blue Bell, PA)
This book is a good overview of the Down Payment Assistance program. If, like me, you would like to buy a home but have no money saved and don't know where to start, this is a great place to start. It's a quick read - only 77 pages WITH all the state-specific information - and took me only half an hour to get through. (If your spouse is reluctant to get on board, and doesn't want to spend weeks reading a home-buying book, hand him/her this one!)
I'm withholding a five-star rating only because the language was a little coarse, and the grammar and punctuation left a lot to be desired. The information itself, however, seems solid and well-researched. I'd say it's well worth the 99 cent price tag, especially for a raw beginner like myself. Four stars.

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"Great information" - by mot8322
Upon completion of this book I felt like I had the more knowledge than anybody that I’ve talked to about purchasing a house. I appreciate the references that David used to assist you in each step of the way. I’m extremely satisfied with how well it was written and the knowledge that has been provided. I would recommend this book to all military members active, reserves, and everyone that has gotten out of the military and not really sure on how to use these benefits.

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"Great Guide for Me!" - by Amazon Customer
This was an excellent read for me because I am new to this. I will be buying a home in the near future and Jeff gives some great strategies that I will absolutely follow. It is obvious he has a lot of experience in this field.

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"valuable info" - by XY (Denver, CO)
I started looking for a house to buy in October 2014. The last time I bought a house was in 1991, so I was a little rusty. I purchased "Buying Your First Home" and the "Home Buying Kit For Dummies." I thought that there would be much duplication between the two books, but actually they are more complimentary than competitive. I would recommend buying both to anyone entering the housing market.

On the negative side, both books do a very poor job of explaining how home buyers can obtain a strategic edge in home search and home buying negotiations through the use of the internet. Unfortunately, the extent of this edge depends upon the quality of the online records provided by your state and county, which may be why the books fail to mention it. In my case, I was able to find out a huge amount about the personal and ... full review