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Investing For Dummies®, 5th Edition by Eric Tyson, MBA

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Chapter 12. Real Estate Financing and Deal Making

In This Chapter

  • Selecting the best real estate investment financing

  • Locating a good real estate agent

  • Negotiating and inspecting your deals

  • Making smart selling decisions

In this chapter, I discuss issues such as understanding and selecting mortgages, working with real estate agents, negotiating, and other important details that help you put a real estate deal together. I also provide some words of wisdom about taxes and selling your property that may come in handy down the road. (In Chapter 10, I cover what you need to know to purchase a home, and in Chapter 11, I review the fundamentals of investing in real estate.)

Financing Your Real Estate Investments

Unless you're affluent or buying a low-cost property, you likely need to borrow some money, via a mortgage, to finance your property acquisition. Without financing, your dream to invest in real estate will remain just that — a dream. So first, you've got to maximize your chances of getting approved for a loan, which, unfortunately, has gotten tougher in the late 2000s because of the soft real estate market in many parts of the country. Shopping wisely for a good mortgage can save you thousands, perhaps even tens of thousands, of dollars in extra interest and fees. Don't get saddled with a loan that you may not be able to afford someday and that could push you into foreclosure or bankruptcy.

Getting your loan approved

Even if you have perfect or near-perfect credit, you may encounter financing ...

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