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Home Buying "Straight Talk" from Someone You Can Trust
Of all the real estate professionals out there—only one is truly unbiased and objective—the real estate appraiser. Lenders rely on appraisers for straight talk on what a house is worth. Now consumers can get the same insider information.
With straightforward advice and dozens of examples, An Insider’s Guide to Home Buying can help anyone make better decisions about buying a house. This short handbook explains all the steps involved in buying a home—from when is the right time to buy to what to expect on closing day. Topics include:
Finding a qualified real estate agent
Choosing the best home on the market
Negotiating for the best deal
Applying for a mortgage
What you need to know about home inspections and appraisals.
An Insider’s Guide to Home Buying presents an unbiased view of the risks, rewards, people, and processes typically encountered when shopping for a home. Written by a real estate appraiser with more than 30 years of experience in the residential market, this handbook is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to feel more confident in their home-buying decisions.
About the Author
Mark R. Rattermann, MAI, SRA, is a real estate appraiser and agent in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has a bachelor of science degree from the Indiana University School of Business and has worked in the real estate industry since 1979. He has written seven books about real estate and appraisals, some of which have been translated into Korean, Greek, and other languages. He also writes a biannual column on residential topics for The Appraisal Journal. Mark has lectured on a variety of real estate topics in 45 states and four foreign countries. He has written 15 real estate training seminars for online and classroom presentation.