December 30th, 2009

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Review: 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask

100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask: With Answers from Top Brokers from Around the Country (100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask) 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask: With Answers from Top Brokers from Around the Country by Ilyce R. Glink


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This really isn't a book that you want to sit down and read straight through cover-to-cover. (I did read it cover to cover, but it took me well over a year to get all the way through, since I picked it up and put it down as our housing search stopped and started.) It's a set of questions and answers, arranged roughly in the order that someone buying a home for a first time might consider them, starting with "How do I know what I want?" and ending with "How should I prepare for the move into my new home?" The Q&A format makes it very easy to dip in and get a quick run-down on a particular subject, although I think that other books (such as Nolo Press's How to Buy a House in California) do a better job of laying out the basics of how house purchasing works.

This book is packed with useful information and links to additional resources, to the extent that it's sometimes a bit difficult to digest. It is lacking in discussion of short sales, REOs, and other issues around buying homes that are being or have been foreclosed on. This is probably not an issue in most real-estate markets, but would definitely be useful for the current market in our area. Aside from that understandable omission, I think this book is about as comprehensive as books on home buying get.

I expect to continue to refer to this book often as we wend our way through buying our first house.

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