You’ve decided to buy your first home – Yay!  You’re a smart cookie so you’re not going into this process blind.  Problem: you’ve never done this before and you don’t even know what it is that you don’t know.

You think, “I’ll head down to my local library or bookstore and I’ll grab a book or two on the subject so I know what’s going on.”  Problem: there are a zillion books on the subject and you have no idea which ones are worth reading.

I just finished reading one that was worth it…

141-50.gifThe National Association of Realtors Guide to Home Buying is a great resource.  It outlines the entire process of purchasing a home while paying particular attention to the needs first time buyers.  Topics covered include:

• Choosing a home that fits a buyer’s life and family
• Picking the right mortgage product
• Making offers that sellers can’t refuse
• Handling appraisals, inspections, title policies, and insurance
• Dealing with homeowner associations and management companies
• Doing the final walk-through and closing

The guide was written by Blanche Evans, editor of Realty Times.

I’m going to keep a few copies on hand to loan my first-time buyer clients.

If you read this guide let me know what you think.  Also, if you’ve read anything that really helped you let me know about it so I can check it out.


Anyone else out there an HGTV addict? 

If you’ve watched the show Designed to Sell you’ve met Donna & Shannon Freeman.  These tell-it-like-it-is real estate experts have a new book that anyone preparing to sell their house could benefit from. 

7 Steps to Sold shows you how to:

  • Give your house the competitive edge, even in a tough market.
  • Separate your emotional investment from your financial investment.
  • Select the right agent and protect your bottom line.
  • Employ the same marketing savvy and tools the pros use.
  • Think and feel like a “customer” so you can attract more buyers.
  • Enhance your return by allocating resources in the savviest way possible.
  • Turn home-selling anxiety into a fun and rewarding experience.

If you’re planning to sell anytime soon pick up a copy. 

I’m young, I think I’m pretty fabulous and thanks to Suze Orman I’m not that broke. 

I’m a big fan of Suze Orman’s books and show and I’ve found her advice to be really sound.  Even if you’re not the type of person who loves reading about finances or listening to Market Place Money every weekend, Suze’s books are easy to follow and her tactics are easy to implement. product_yfb_book.jpg

I particularly recommend The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke to my fellow 20 somethings just starting to make financial plans.  If you’re young, fabulous & broke you should read it (or listen on CD while you’re driving around being fabulous) and you’ll be on the path to having a savings account with more than $5 in it, a retirement plan and a home in no time.