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Table of Contents

  1. Preparing for Home Ownership

    1. Chapter 1 The Benefits and Drawbacks of Home Ownership

      1. The Pluses of Owning a Home
      2. The Minuses of Owning a Home
    2. Chapter 2 How Much Home Can You Afford?

      1. How Much Can You Invest in a Home?
      2. Get Prequalified or Preapproved
      3. What Lenders Look For
      4. Improve Your Chances of Getting a Loan
  2. Finding Your Home

    1. Chapter 3 Choose Your Style of Home and Neighborhood

      1. Your Lifestyle—Now and Down the Road
      2. Your Style of Home
      3. The Condition of Your Home
      4. Find Your Neighborhood
      5. Create a Wish List
    2. Chapter 4 Assemble Your Real Estate Team

      1. Real Estate Agents
      2. Your Mortgage Provider
      3. Your Real Estate Attorney
      4. Your Home Inspector
      5. Other Real Estate Professionals
    3. Chapter 5 Shop for Your Home

      1. Select Homes to Tour
      2. Bargain Hunting
      3. What to Look for on the Tour
      4. Evaluate the Neighborhood
      5. Compare Homes
  3. Financing Your Home

    1. Chapter 6 Finance Your Down Payment

      1. Why a Down Payment?
      2. Calculate Your Down Payment
      3. Alternatives to Paying 20 Percent Down
    2. Chapter 7 Compare Mortgages and Other Financing Options

      1. Mortgage Basics
      2. The Mortgage Process
      3. Types of Mortgages
      4. Choose the Term of Your Mortgage
      5. Government Financing Programs
      6. Creative Financing Options
    3. Chapter 8 Choose and Apply for a Mortgage

      1. Find the Right Lender
      2. Get the Best Mortgage
      3. Gather Documents and Information
      4. Do the Paperwork
    4. Chapter 9 Know Your Closing Costs

      1. Kinds of Closing Costs
      2. Add It All Up
      3. How Much Will You Pay?
      4. Reduce Your Closing Costs
  4. Negotiating and Closing the Deal

    1. Chapter 10 Make an Offer

      1. Figure Out What the Home Is Worth
      2. What Goes Into an Offer
      3. Negotiating: The Art of the Deal
    2. Chapter 11 Prepare for the Closing

      1. Check Off Contingencies
      2. All About Titles and Deeds
      3. Survey the Property
      4. Homeowner's Insurance
      5. Get a Home Warranty
      6. Prepare to Move
      7. Take the Final Walkthrough
    3. Chapter 12 Inspect the Property

      1. What a Home Inspector Does
      2. Find a Good Home Inspector
      3. What Happens at an Inspection
      4. Understand Your Home Inspection Report
      5. Specialized Inspections
      6. If Problems Turn Up
    4. Chapter 13 Close the Deal

      1. Countdown to Closing: 24 Hours to Go
      2. What If the Closing Gets Delayed?
      3. What Happens at a Closing
      4. A Mountain of Paperwork: What It All Means
      5. Your HUD-1 Form
      6. What If Something Goes Wrong?
      7. After the Closing