• Home Buying for Dummies, Third Edition

  • By: Eric Tyson, Ray Brown
  • Narrated by: Brett Barry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (409 ratings)

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Home Buying for Dummies, Third Edition

By: Eric Tyson,Ray Brown
Narrated by: Brett Barry
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Publisher's summary

In the market for a home, but don't know where to start? Not to worry! From financing, mortgages, and credit scores, to closing the deal, best-selling real-estate authors Eric Tyson and Ray Brown walk you step by step through the entire home-buying process.

Discover how to:

  • Harness the Internet to help in your search
  • Determine how much home you can afford
  • Select the right type of mortgage
  • Work with agents, brokers, lenders, and lawyers
  • Research neighborhoods and home values

Read by Brett Barry

©2006 Eric Tyson and Ray Brown (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good, but not great

It gives you phone numbers to call, checklist questions and financial equations to apply to your situation. It covers things throughly, but doesn't seem to cover everything that it could. While it wasn't as insightful and helpful as I had hoped, I don't feel it was a waste of money.

The first reader's voice is somewhat dry, while the second reader's voice is more tolerable.

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It might be 1972

There is a lot of advice about looking up information in the phone book. Really?
Otherwise, it's good standard dummies fare: clear, simple. Because of state laws, however, there are an unfortunate number of instances of "here's the info, however it can be locale dependent, so do further research to determine the real story."

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Great Book

Would you listen to Home Buying for Dummies, Third Edition again? Why?

The book does a good job of explaining the basics of home buying in a chronological order that makes sense to the reader or listener. Highly recommended for those simply trying to understand how the process works.

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I was hoping this would be more helpful

I suppose the caveat will always be "it's for 'Dummies'" but I found the information in here to be minimally helpful. I did learn something so I won't give it a negative review, but I think you'd benefit more from some google searches than you will from purchasing this book.

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A must for experienced, or new home buyers!

they say that with an educational book, if you get at least one good nugget of information then it could easily pay for itself in just one sentence. This book has several of these "golden nuggets", that could easily pay for itself hundreds of times over!

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Great book

Have the essentials of home buying and more. I feel more confident purchasing a home.

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I bought a house, but used very little of what I learned from this book

There were a few good points I remembered in the book. Like buying the cheapest house on the street.

It helped me set up expectations for everything involved with closing costs.

In the end, I bought my first house and used almost nothing from this book. That’s a tell-tale sign the content here isn’t that useful.

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Very Good

covered not only money factors, also covered psychological part of home buying. which is great

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good primer, very basic

I was hoping to learn more about mortgage points, different types of loans, renting out properties, etc. It's good if you don't know anything, but if you've done your research I'd say skip this one. I will say that I learned a lot about searching and comparing prospective houses.

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perhaps covered everything

Very informative and obviously I'm a dummy to this stuff so can't be too sure if a lot was missed.

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