Awesome home-buying book hits bookshelves

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Editor's note: Robert Bruss passed away on Sept. 26, 2007. This was one of the last real estate columns he wrote. Inman News is publishing Bob's last work as a final salute to the nation's most well-known real estate writer. Even if you are not ready to take advantage of the current "buyer's market" for homes, the most complete home-buying book you will find is "Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home" by Ilona Bray, Alayna Schroeder and Marcia Stewart. Whether you read just the chapters that interest you or the entire book from cover to cover, you will find a light-hearted approach to home buying that doesn't leave out any of the essentials. The book begins with the basics, such as getting started by deciding if you really want to buy a house or condo, and understanding the "players" such as the buyer's agent, mortgage broker or banker, property inspectors and other "team members." Considerable emphasis is placed on mortgage finance alternatives, including selle...