Buying a house is one of the biggest decisions, financially and emotionally, you'll ever make. But that's no reason to shy away from it. Just do your homework and arm yourself with advice from others who've been there — as well as professionals in the field, who've seen it all. You'll be well on your way to a home that's just right for you, your family and your budget.
The typical American spends more time thinking about buying a car than buying a house. That seems crazy, given that a house is a much greater investment. But that's probably the reason: Buying a home is a daunting task, especially for first-timers. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the process, leading you to either give up and rent or (much more dangerous) pick a house using an eeny-meeny-miny-mo style without doing important back-ground work. This book will help make the process a little easier.
Table of Contents:
- Who Are First Time Homebuyers?
- Are You Ready?
- Getting Yourself Ready
- Know the Real Cost
- Research Your Options
- Pick Your Team
- Know Your Budget, and Don't Be Swayed
- Worksheet: Track Your Budget
- A Wish List ... Not Wishful Thinking
- Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
- Some Final Thoughts