Of all of his books, those in the best-selling "Tips and Traps" series continue to be the most popular (more than 500,000 sold), and two of those, Tips and Traps When Buying a Home and Tips and Traps When Selling a Home, have gone on to become the #1 guides in their respective subjects.
In the seven years since those two classics were last revised the real estate market has undergone many dramatic changes. Irwin has updated these best sellers to reflect these changes so readers can be successful in their real estate endeavors.
Featuring fully revised facts and figures that reflect the most recent changes in the real estate market, Tips and Traps When Buying a Home, Third Edition provides first-time and experienced home buyers alike with practical, step-by-step information on a broad range of proven home buying strategies, along with indispensable advice and guidance on:
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Ok, if you're new to buying a home and know nothing about the subject, sure, you'll get something out of this book.
This is something like my third book on the topic, and I keep hoping to find something that goes into more substance about houses, financing, the process, etc.
He talks about subjects like financing, choosing a property, choosing a realtor, etc., but doesn't do a great job of explaining why you should go one route vs. another. He describes "what" everything is in the world of real estate, but never explains "why" I should go one route or another. He's not very prescriptive. While I understand we all come from different angles he needs to do more to give examples of different scenarios and why one would choose one path vs. another.
I am also a bit put off by his use of statistics and hearsay. He often times doesn't back up points he makes and statistics he uses with rational evidence and facts. I have been left to wonder whether I should really believe a number of points made in the book.
Ok, with all the bad out of the way, if this is your first book on real estate, you may be satisfied, so far this one is just slightly better than the average real estate book in my opinion. However, if you're like me and have gone through a few books, don't expect anything groundbreaking here.
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