Nancy Conner is the author of several Missing Manuals. She and her husband Steve live in upstate New York where they write books and invest in rental properties. Nancy fulfilled all the New York state requirements to become a licensed real estate agent. When she’s not writing or looking at investment opportunities, Nancy enjoys visiting local wineries and listening obsessively to opera.
Peter McKie (editor) is an editor at Missing Manuals. He bought his co-op before this book came out, and was pleased to find that, through blind luck, he refinanced after his break-even point (see Points in Chapter 7 for details). He graduated with a master’s degree from Boston University’s School of Journalism and lives in New York City, where he researches the history of old houses and, every once in a while, sneaks into abandoned buildings. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nellie McKesson (production editor) is (as of this writing) in the process of buying her very first home, in Brockton, Mass. When not filling out mortgage-related forms, she spends her spare time studying graphic design and building her t-shirt business (www.endplasticdesigns.com). Email: email@example.com.
Marcia Simmons (copy editor) is a freelance writer and editor living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to writing about technology, design, and cocktail culture, she maintains a personal blog at SmartKitty.org.
Ron Strauss (indexer). When Ron is not indexing books, he is on the lecture circuit educating people in how to become radiantly healthy with Natural Healing and a mostly raw vegan diet!
Jay Neeley (technical reviewer) is a cofounder of EasyImpress (http://www.easyimpress.com), a website developer for real estate agencies. As a Boston entrepreneur, when he’s not putting the Silicon Valley startup scene to shame, he’s working from coffee shops, creating odd constructions in the snow, and adventuring in and around the city.
Arwen O’Reilly Griffith (technical reviewer) is an editor at Make magazine and blogs at Craft online magazine. She’s the mother of a rambunctious 1-year-old and just bought a teeny-tiny house on a hill in San Francisco with her equally crazy husband, Saul. She has big plans for her small garden.
A book like this requires the knowledge, skills, and talents of many people to take it from initial idea to finished product. I was fortunate to work with a world-class team. Thanks to Pete Meyers for suggesting the project. Editor Peter McKie helped me shape the outline and offered invaluable feedback. Thanks to technical reviewers Jay Neely and Arwen O’Reilly for their suggestions, comments, and corrections. Thanks also to copyeditor Marcia Simmons for rooting out typos, inconsistencies, and other mistakes.
Stephen Shore of InsideOut Inspections (www.housewiz.com) in Ithaca, New York, graciously provided the Missing CD’s sample home inspection report. I’ve worked with Steve many times, and he’s a first-rate home inspector. Thanks, Steve, for sharing your expertise here.
As always, my husband Steve Holzner was loving and supportive throughout the many long hours it takes to write a book. (He’s written more than 130 himself, so he knows better than most what the process requires.) Thanks to him for hand-holding, back-patting, and providing me with a cozy fire and a glass of wine on Sunday evenings. He’s the best!