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Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home
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Ilona Bray, J.D. is an award-winning author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law, workplace wellness, and nonprofit fundraising. Many of her books are consistent Nolo bestsellers, among them Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits, U.S. Immigration Made Easy and Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. Her latest book is entitled Selling Your House: Nolo's Essential Guide. She particularly enjoys interviewing people and weaving their stories into her books. Bray's working background includes solo practice, nonprofit, and corporate stints, as well as long periods of volunteering, including an internship at Amnesty International's main legal office in London. She received her law degree and a Master's degree in East Asian (Chinese) Studies from the University of Washington School of Law and Jackson School of International Studies, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, going to open houses, and gardening. Bray also blogs on Nolo.com on topics such as nonprofit fundraising, real estate, and immigration matters. She's the winner of the 2012 "Best Blog" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE). Alayna Schroeder is a coauthor of several Nolo books, including Selling Your House in a Tough Market and Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home. A Sacramento, California lawyer, she has represented employers in litigation, drafted employee handbooks and policies and counseled employers on sound employment practices. She holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Marcia Stewart writes and edits for Nolo on landlord-tenant law, real estate, and other consumer issues. She is the coauthor of Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, Every Landlord's Legal Guide, First-Time Landlord, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Leases and Rental Agreements, Renters' Rights, and The Legal Answer Book for Families.

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"Nolo's excellent guide for novice home buyers provides fresh, updated information about the whole process that even those in the know will find useful." Library Journal

"Takes the guesswork out of home buying...two thumbs up." Elizabeth Weintraub, Home Buying & Selling Guide, About.com "Coming from a gal that knows tools, this book is a must-have tool for any home buyer." Norma Valley, Host of "Toolbelt Diva" (Discovery Home Channel) "Buying a house for the first time can be an intimidating, and sometimes overwhelming, process. This Nolo guide takes readers on the journey from understanding the benefits of buying a house and deciding what they want to sealing the deal and settling in. Along the way, readers will learn about budgeting, the market, getting a mortgage, negotiating a deal and many other crucial steps. The book takes advice from fifteen different professionals, including brokers, mortgage specialists, home inspectors and more, in to account as it advises readers. Buying the book also allows readers to access the website where they can download forms and informative podcasts and stay up to date on changing trends in house buying." Eithne O'Leyne, Editor Ringgold, Inc. ProtoView " Attorneys and authors Bray et al. offer a guide to buying a home for the first time. They discuss the benefits of buying a house, figuring out homebuying needs and what is affordable, checking out the market, selecting a real estate team, getting a mortgage, loan alternatives, looking for a house, fixer-uppers and other types of houses, making an offer, closing, property inspection, homeowners' insurance and home warranties, sealing the deal, and settling in. Additional real estate professionals also provide advice, and other interviews are provided online, along with forms, checklists, and letters. " 6th edition review - Eithne O'Leyne, Editor, ProtoView "Synopsis: The ownership of a home is the largest financial investment most people will ever make. The number of homes for sale is on the rise and mortgage rates remain near historic lows. "Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home" provides everything needed to: research the local market and listings; decide between a house, condo, co-op, or townhouse; create a realistic budget; qualify for a loan you can truly afford; borrow a down payment from friends or family; protect yourself with inspections and insurance; and negotiate and close the deal successfully.
"Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home" offers insights drawn from 15 real estate professionals that include brokers, attorneys, mortgage specialists, a home inspector, a neighborhood researcher, and more. Plus "Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home" is enhanced with the inclusion of real-life stories from over 20 first-time homebuyers. Readers should note that they can download from www.Nolo.com a Homebuyer's Toolkit Dozens of downloadable forms and podcasts that will help them find their dream home, crunch the numbers, interview real estate professionals, inspect the house thoroughly, and more.
Critique: Comprehensive, inclusive, and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home" is very highly recommended, especially for community library collections." The Midwest Book Review, Taylor's Bookshelf

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