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Buying a Home: The Missing Manual--New from O'Reilly Realize your dream of owning a home, without all the stress.

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Sebastopol, CA—Home ownership is a cornerstone of the American dream, but it's a complex process that, without the right guidance, can seem like a nightmare. In Buying a Home: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly Media, $21.99 USD), real estate expert Nancy Conner takes you through the process of buying a home, from start to finish.

Along the way, you'll use the book's expert advice and fill-in forms to identify the house you want, figure out what kind of neighborhood you want to live in, determine what a target home is really worth, make an offer, and close the deal.

Throughout the process, this book helps you:

  • Buy smart. Figure out what you can realistically afford in a home.
  • Assemble a team. Put together a real estate team that looks out for your interests as you shop, negotiate, and buy.
  • Find the right home. From foreclosure deals to just-built homes, look at all of your home-buying options.
  • Get financing. Choose from a range of down-payment and mortgage options to find the financing that's right for you.
  • Make the right offer. Determine a property's true value before you bid, and learn how to negotiate the best deal.
  • Protect yourself. Learn how contract contingencies, insurance, and warranties safeguard you.

Let a real estate pro walk you through the complex process of buying a home, with clear explanations and comprehensive coverage. You'll learn home-buying basics and find insider secrets, like what to look for in a neighborhood, whether you're in a buyer's or a seller's market, and ways to protect yourself from a bad deal. Get the tools you need to shop for and buy a home with confidence!

Buying a Home: The Missing Manual is the second in a series of three books—including Your Money: The Missing Manual and Personal Investing: The Missing Manual—aimed at helping readers make sound financial decisions.

Buying a Home: The Missing Manual
by Nancy Conner

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Your Money: The Missing Manual
by J.D. Roth

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Personal Investing: The Missing Manual
by Bonnie Biafore, Amy E. Buttell, Carol Fabbri
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Nancy Conner and her husband invest in rental properties, and she has qualified for a New York real estate license. She holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and is the author of numerous books, including QuickBase: The Missing Manual, Google Apps: The Missing Manual, and Living Green: The Missing Manual.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bio, and cover graphic, see:

For an excerpt from Nancy's book, see: Ten Tips for Buying a Home in a Buyer's Market on

Buying a Home: The Missing Manual
Nancy Conner
ISBN: 9781449379773, 352 pages,
Book Price: $21.99 USD, Ebook Price: $17.99 USD

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