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Top 6 Books for First Time Home Buyers

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If you are a first time home buyer, or haven't bought a home for awhile, it's important to read as much as you can about the home buying process before you even begin to look for a house. And while there's no single method that guarantees you will find and purchase the "perfect" home at the right price with no obstacles, learning the techniques used by people who have been there, done that, puts you on track for a successful home buying transaction.

1) "The New Complete Book of Home Buying"

Originally published in 1980, this excellent home buying book has recently been updated to reflect the changes that have occurred in the real estate market during the past few decades. It includes the advice you need to buy a home and get it financed.
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2) "Tips and Traps When Buying a Home"

You'll find plenty of useful advice in this home buying book by Robert Irwin. The author helps you understand many aspects of the home buyin process, but puts special focus on financing options and techniques.
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3) "106 Common Mistakes Home Buyers Make and How to Avoid Them"

This is a book I wish all my clients would read before they start home shopping. Dr. Gary Eldred uses real-life scenarios to explain common mistakes and myths, offering advice for all aspects of buying a home. Learn to keep things in perspective, how to negotiate, how to navigate the world of mortgages, and so much more. It's an excellent text that will be of help to all home buyers, not just first-timers.
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4) "100 Questions Every First Time Homeowner Should Ask"

This home buying book is arranged in an easy-to-use question and answer format. Ilyce Glink offers a complete look at the home buying process, discussing nearly every item you'll encounter. She also provides advice on areas not always covered, such as how to negotiate with builders for new construction and how to take advantage of tax laws. Be sure to include this in your home buying library.
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5) "Buy Your First Home"

Here's another text by Robert Irwin. It's geared to first-time home buyers, but includes information that should be of help to all but the most seasoned buyers (and may be useful to those folks if they would like to learn more about using Internet tools to buy a home). Written in easy-to-understand language, this is an excellent primer for those who want to learn the basics of home buying.
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6) Home Buying by the Experts: The Pros Make Your Dream Home a Reality

A home buying text that's a compilation of advice from several real estate pros. It has all the advice you'll need to take your home buying transaction from start to finish.
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