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‘Idiot’s Guide’ for home buyers disappoints

Authors suffer from lack of real estate experience

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The Fifth Edition of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling a Home" by Shelley O'Hara and Nancy D. Lewis is just as disappointing as the previous editions. Although the book's coverage of important home buying and selling topics is very complete, the low real estate experience level of the co-authors becomes painfully obvious as the book drones on. This is a "formula book" where the writers show little creativity and virtually no personal examples to illustrate the hundreds of topics discussed. After having five editions to correct their omissions and errors, knowledgeable readers will be disappointed with the continuing gaps in essential information home buyers and sellers need to know. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Many of the statements are confusing or misleading. For example, when discussing home location choices, the authors suggest looking for signs of a "growth spurt" where the resale value of a home is likely to go up. Then they say: "Finally, older homes ofte...