IN THIS CHAPTER
Choosing between buying and renting
Determining how to finance your real-estate purchase
Finding a great property
Working successfully with real-estate agents
Negotiating your best deal
Handling money issues after you buy
Buying a home or investing in real estate can be financially and psychologically rewarding. On the other hand, owning real estate can be a real pain in the posterior, because purchasing and maintaining property can be quite costly, time-consuming, and emotionally draining. Perhaps you’re looking to escape your rented apartment and buy your first home. Or maybe you’re interested in becoming a local real-estate investing tycoon. In either case, you can learn many lessons from real-estate buyers who’ve traveled before you.
Note: Although this chapter focuses primarily on real estate in which you’re ...