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The Best 7 Books to Read Before Buying a Home

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Without a doubt, buying your first home is one of the most important and complicated actions you will tackle in your lifetime. For the majority of people, your house is the most expensive possession you will ever own, so it seems reasonable that you should do your due diligence in learning about the steps you will need to take to make the process as efficient and smooth as possible. From home inspections, to price negotiations, to a nearly endless stream of paperwork, buying a home can appear to be a daunting task, but if you prepare yourself for what is to come, you can severely lessen the burden.

To help prepare you and your family for a successful home buying experience, be sure to read through at least a few of the below Best 7 Books to Read Before Buying a Home, which can help give you the knowledge you’ll need to buy your first home like a pro.

#1 Home Buying for Dummies

What many consider to be the unofficial "Bible" of home buying tutorial books, Home Buying for Dummies by Eric Tyson, tries to navigate the complicated field of home buying as plainly as possible. If you have never bought a home before, and have no experience with the process, then this is the best place to start your journey.

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#2 Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home

If Home Buying for Dummies is book #1 you should read when buying your first home, then consider Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home 1a. Unlike Home Buying for Dummies, which was written by an MBA, Nolo's Guide was written by lawyers, so it contains some additional insights into the contracts and legalities of home buying.

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#3 Keep Calm . . . It’s Just Real Estate

From the acclaimed host of Property Virgins, Egypt Sherrod, get the inside scoop on how to buy a home with as little stress as possible. Offering a more "human" tone than most other home buying tutorial books, let Egypt guide you on your path to home ownership like talking with an old friend. Home buying is only as complicated as you make it!

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#4 The Home Buyer’s Checklist

The Home Buyer's Checklist focuses on the home inspection process and things that you will need to be aware of that might not be noticed during a routine home inspection. After reading this book, you will be ready to look over every nook and cranny in your potential new home, and know exactly what items might offer a cause for concern later down the road.

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#5 The Book of Home How-To

Don't forget, the complicated process of home ownership doesn't end the day you get your hands on the keys. Now that you're a homeowner, you are now responsible for the continued upkeep and improvement of your home! Let Black & Decker's Book of Home How-To provide you with the information you will need to tackle just about any home repair or home improvement project.

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#6 100 Questions Every First Time Home Buyer Should Ask

If this is your first experience buying a home, chances are good that you have a ton of questions, and chances are GREAT that they have already been answered in the fourth edition of Ilyce Glink's 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask!

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#7 Buying a Home: The Missing Manual

Often overlooked in comparison to more famous tutorial books, be sure not to sleep on Buying a Home: The Missing Manual, which might actually be the most informational of them all. The Missing Manual takes you through the home buying process, from start to finish, and with a combination of expert advice and forms/exercises for you to practice on, you will tackle the entire home buying process from finding the house you want, to determining which neighborhood is right for you, to figuring out what a home is really worth, and much more.

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Written by Sean Skirrow

Sean Skirrow is the current Vice President and COO of Dream Home Inspections, a home inspection agency located in Port Orange, Florida. With almost ten years experience as lead licensed home inspector, Sean has encountered just about everything there is to see in a home or commercial building inspection, and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experiences with you.

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