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Real estate book offers mixed information

Author seems to be anti-real estate agent
Published on Aug 31, 2004

Dan Ramsey has written many excellent real estate books, but his latest, "What the 'Experts' May Not Tell You About Buying a House or Apartment," is an uneven, disappointing book that offers both great insights and inaccurate information. As a longtime real estate book reviewer, I would love to tell you this is a great book, or it is trash. Unfortunately, neither statement is correct. This "how to buy a home" book reveals facts, based on the author's many years of real estate experience, which should be disclosed. For example, he says, "Here's one thing many agents won't tell you: You don't need them to purchase a residence or other real estate," and "I'll share another secret: The same appraiser can produce appraisals with different valuations depending on who hired him or her." Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Speaking of appraisers, Ramsey says, "Not all appraisers are certified; nor are they even qualified. Many states don't have licensing requirements for appraisers as they d...

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