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Does anyone have a good guide book they recommend for a first time home buyer?

I'm looking for something that will explain all the steps of being a home, from getting ready, getting approved, improving credit, finding a realtor, finding a home, home inspections, closing, mortgages, and whatever else.  I would like to be well educated on the matter before I get started.  And if there is more then one book that would be great.  Thank you.
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July 16 2012 - Los Angeles
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The "Dummies" books are good on most subjects. Home Buying Kit For Dummies  is about $10.00.
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September 22 2012
I have a short reference for my buyers. You are welcome to take a look at it and hopefully you can find the information helpful and applicable. http://cohomesdenver.com/buyers-guide/
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July 30 2012
lbbmwtech, It's great that you are striving to educate yourself. As not all information is gained from books, also be certain to interview a good number of local agents before making your selection. A reputable, driven agent with whom you click will be able to share their knowledge and expertise and guide you through the first-time home buying process. Best of luck!
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July 30 2012
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July 19 2012
Besides books I would suggest a Home Inspection with an Inspector that wouldn't mind showing you around the house and explaining things. Your agent should have a list of a few inspectors. Don't hesitate to find your own inspector and research them yourself. Call the inspectors and ask if they would mind taking a little extra time to explain a few things. If they don't sound like they are customer service orientated move on.
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July 19 2012
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I agree with heading to the library.  Nolo's book is good.   Be aware with books and comments on financing/down payments etc - things change pretty quickly.

While agents can contribute to the education process when you are ready,  I tend not to depend solely on a salesperson on education for purchases, be it a lawnmower, pair of skis,  car or house. 

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July 16 2012
Nolo's "Essential Guide to Buying your First Home" will walk you through Step by Step. The most Important part of the Guide is How to Interview a Real Estate Agent.
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July 16 2012
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Head to your local library.  Due to a combination of trying to select good reference materials and the fact that budget constraints effect actual purchases of reference materials they add references with extreme caution, they are more likely to have screened out the real estate scam du jour books that you will find in many bookstores and online offerings.
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July 16 2012
The best thing you can do is to interview agents and get comfortable with one that is knowledgable and will never do dual agency.

Also, ask people you know who they trust for both real estate and mortgage brokerage.

Then, you can play fill in the blanks to learn what you need to know.

Good luck!

Fred
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July 16 2012
no real guide book that I am aware of that applies to all areas where you may be looking.  Specific areas do things very differently.  whar area arte you considering?
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