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Book Review: 'The Essential Guide for First-Time Homeowners'

Book Review Title: "The Essential Guide for First-Time Homeowners: Maximize Your Investment & Enjoy Your New Home" Authors: Ilona Bray and Alayna Schroeder Publisher: Nolo, 2008; 320 pages; $13.99 How many times have you bemoaned the fact that X, Y or Z important life experience didn't come with an owner's manual? Babies don't, marriages don't, your body doesn't -- but the masters of legal self-help manuals over at Nolo Press have teamed up with USA Today to bring you a manual one of the most significant life experiences: first-time homeownership. "The Essential Guide for First-Time Homeowners: Maximize Your Investment & Enjoy Your New Home" aims to be a comprehensive manual covering the vast majority of financial and life issues that arise in the context of owning your first home. From housewarming party how-tos, to home maintenance and remodeling to mortgage and tax tips and even planning your next move, authors Ilona Bray and Alayna Schro...