Home buying is a journey. The moment you embark on this journey, you will likely feel bombarded with details that appear strung together in an infinite network, coming at you from all sides, including from well-intentioned family and friends. You certainly do not want to be rude, but what if you prefer the influx of information in your own time and place?
Enter the book, perfect companion for the occasional (or frequent depending on your style) autodidact. Books provide information you seek out on your own terms, not the other way around. They also allow you to take pause, perhaps with a nice glass of wine or herbal tea, and prepare your strategy while stepping back from the process for a moment.
The following short selection includes highly recommended titles from homebuyers who have found the acquired wisdom to assist them along the way. For convenience and because this is where I have acquired excerpts of descriptions and reviews, I have linked each title to its corresponding Amazon page.
The New Complete Book of Home Buying – “The New Complete Book of Home Buying combines proven techniques with updated strategies, including how to use the Internet effectively, whether to buy a new or existing home, what to watch for in an older home, and more. Hands-on, helpful features include checklists, mortgage tables and other valuable tools, dozens of up-to-date investment and tax strategies. Tips and techniques for first-time buyers.”
What readers said: “Written with just the right touch of humor, the authors offer practical advice written in a manner that does not talk down to the reader… This is a book to be used, not just read.
Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home – “Filled with interesting facts, real-life stories and common pitfalls to avoid… Read through the real-world experiences of over 20 first-time homebuyers, as well as valuable insights from real estate professionals… The brand new 2nd edition of Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home is fully updated to reflect the dramatically changing housing market and includes new information on buying foreclosed and bank-owned properties, including what to look for when you’re considering these types of homes. You’ll get the most up-to-date information on the increasingly strict mortgage market, plus additional tips on how to “green” your new home.”
What readers said: “This was the only book that guides you through the process, taking logical, simple steps while interjecting real-world experiences from different people… This is a very comprehensive guide with a helpful accompanying CD-ROM. The materials are organized clearly and presented in an easy-to-understand manner.
A Survival Guide for Buying a Home – “A straightforward, no-frills volume designed to help readers navigate the tricky waters of purchasing a new home. With advice that runs the gamut from making the decision to buy, to working with a mortgage broker, to packing up and moving… along with calculation charts and … a set of questions to ask future neighbors when conducting a neighborhood walk-through… and a big-picture checklist of steps to becoming a homeowner, are valuable additions to the volume.”
What readers said: “We bought a townhouse and it even had a couple sections of really good advice (learning about homeowners association, asking what neighbors thought of the community, what kind of insurance you’ll need–what questions to ask your insurance agent even). We were first-time homebuyers, so maybe that’s why the information seemed so valuable, but I would think anyone would learn something from the book.”
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an “Expert” as “Someone having or displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training or experience.” Reading a book may not confer expertise. However, it stimulates the mind and increases knowledge. For a home buyer, it can provide the frame of reference that empowers understanding and efficient communication with the expert, one’s Real Estate representative. Happy home shopping.
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Source: Excerpts of book descriptions and reviews from Amazon.com.