If you’re the sort of person who likes to research every decision you make thoroughly before choosing your path, you may want to access several sources of information before making the decision to buy a home.
Of course you’ll ask friends and family members who’ve bought homes about their experiences, and you’ll certainly cruise the Internet for informational articles, but you may want to get more in-depth on some topics. The quick-read nuggets you find online may not answer all your questions, and the stories you hear may be biased or slanted. If you’re looking for some substantial information on this important subject, there’s a few really great books about the process of buying a home that can help you feel more secure when you jump into action.
As part of the familiar yellow and black “Dummies” series, this volume is designed to cover this topic from the ground up. The “Dummies” books never assume that you know anything about what you’re researching, so you won’t be caught off guard by terms and jargon you don’t know. Everything is explained simply and clearly, and the book covers just about everything you’ll need to know, from finding the right home for you, navigating mortgages and negotiation to the importance of your credit score. Make sure you purchase the most up-to-date edition, as the content of the book is updated often to reflect important changes in the real estate arena.
The latest version of this favorite book was just released this past February. A must-have book for first-time home buyers, author Ilyce Glink takes apart the home buying process and reconstructs it piece by piece to answer any question you may have about your first home purchase. With contributions from some of the foremost authorities in the real estate business, this guide is one of the most respected books on the market.
If you’re looking for more in-depth information about the paperwork involved in buying home – especially legal documents such as contracts – this book is a gem. While the authors also cover the more typical aspects of purchasing a home, their knowledge of the “sign on the dotted line” aspects of the transaction is superb. They bring in various “guest stars” – experts in all sub-sets of the home buying process – to flesh out this favorite volume.
Another popular choice for first-time homebuyers (or for the many buyers who didn’t learn valuable lessons the first time) this guide is based on the real-world experiences of buyers, realtors, builders and lenders. The format makes it easy to find specific material that relates to questions you have.
Another book focused on first-time home buying, it is nonetheless a valuable resource for anyone who is looking for more information on the legal side of the transaction. An attorney herself, Ilona Bray, J.D. expertly covers her area, then offers insights from other professionals on mortgages, inspections, and other crucial topics. You can also download forms and podcasts from Nolo.com that help steer you in the right direction.