New guidebook for aggressive home buyers

Author takes no sides, reveals tricks of agents, lenders

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If you are an aggressive home buyer, especially a "first-timer" who doesn't follow a herd mentality, "The Fearless Home Buyer" by Elizabeth Razzi is an excellent "thinking person's" home purchase guide. The author, former real estate editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, plays no favorites as she reveals the pros and cons of doing business with Realtors, mortgage lenders, do-it-yourself for-sale-by-owners, and other realty groups. This is a book first-time and repeat home buyers should read in advance before starting the quest to buy a first or second home. It is not the type of book that you can skip the first chapters and go right to the later chapters. The reason is the book builds on the earlier chapters, which lays the foundation, such as reasons when buying a home makes sense and when it doesn't. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Starting with the fundamentals in the "Why Buy?" chapter, Razzi sets the stage by explaining the pros and cons of home ownership, introduci...