The Guidebook (42 pages) for Home Buyers contains a collection of how-tos, checklists, and worksheets to help buyers understand what to expect during the real estate purchasing experience.

In this guide you will learn:

The Basics of Home Buying

  • What to Know | 7 Reasons to Own A Home
  • What to Know | 7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®
  • Vocabulary | Agency & Agency Relationships
  • How to | Prepare for House-Hunting
  • How to | Prepare to Buy a Home
  • Worksheet | Track Your Budget
  • What to Know | About Credit Scores
  • How to | Improve Your Credit
  • What to Know | The Tax Benefits of Owning
  • How to | Prepare to Finance a Home
  • Vocabulary | Loans & Lending Terms
  • Questions to Ask | When Choosing a Lender
  • How to | Finance a Home Creatively

The Property

  • Worksheet | Define Your Dream Home
  • Questions to Ask | About the Neighborhood
  • Questions to Ask | When Considering a Condo or HOA
  • Questions to Ask | The Condo Board
  • Questions to Ask | When Choosing a Home Inspector
  • What to Know | About the Home Inspection
  • What to Know | About Home Hazards
  • Vocabulary | Green Home Terms
  • What to Know | About the Appraisal Process
  • Questions to Ask | About Property Tax

The Transaction

  • Worksheet | Service Provider Contacts
  • Checklist | Your Mortgage Application
  • Questions to Ask | Before Making a Short Sale Offer
  • Checklist | Your Short-Sale Purchase Team
  • How to | Buy In a Tight Market
  • What to Know | About Homeowner’s Insurance
  • How to | Lower Homeowner’s Insurance Costs
  • What to Know | About Title Insurance
  • Worksheet | Track Closing Costs
  • Vocabulary | Transaction Documents
  • Checklist | Your Final Walk-Through

The Move

  • How to | Prepare for the Move
  • How to | Pack Like a Pro
  • How to | Move With Pets
  • Checklist | For New Owners