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Thought of a vintage in its box, this finished booklet courses purchasers during the array of financing offerings, together with fixed-rate and adjustable mortgages, FHA or VA loans and inventive financing preparations, and exhibits dealers find out how to increase estate, reveal purchasers and set the ideal expense. Readers also will find out how to benefit from domestic fairness to alleviate monetary matters from home improvement bills to varsity school.

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Com). , provides credit news and helpful calculators. net). The largest, most comprehensive interest-rate database in the industry and on the Internet; keeps tabs on 9,000 lenders in 175 markets and finds the ten best rates in your area. Chapter 2 ASSESSING YOUR RESOURCES Nationally, investment returns on single-family homes over time have been modest compared with returns on such financial investments as stocks and bonds. Home values in some areas will keep pace with inflation and in some areas may do significantly better.

An improvement is anything that adds value to BASIS-BOOSTING IMPROVEMENTS ■ An addition or conversion of: unfinished attic, basement or other space to living area ■ Air-conditioning: a central system or window units that will be sold with the house ■ Heating and cooling: attic fan, furnace, furnace humidifier, heat pump, radiators and radiator covers, thermostat, water heater ■ Bathroom: bathtub, faucets, Jacuzzi, medicine cabinets, mirrors, sauna, shower, shower enclosure, toilet, towel racks ■ ■ Built-in bookcases Safety features: burglar- and fire-alarm system, doorbell, intercom, smoke detector, telephone outlets ■ Electrical: new or upgraded power lines, replacement of fuse box with circuit breakers, additional outlets or switches, floodlights ■ Fireplace: including chimney, mantel, built-in fireplace screen 38 ■ Weatherproofing: caulking, insulation, weather-stripping Kitchen: dishwasher, freezer, refrigerator or stove sold with the house; countertops, cupboards, exhaust fan, garbage disposal ■ Landscaping: shrubs, trees, underground sprinkler systems ■ Outdoors: aluminum siding, barbecue pit, birdbath, carport, deck, fences and gates, garage, garage-door opener, gutters, hot tub, lamppost, new roof, paving and resurfacing of a driveway or sidewalks, porch, screen and storm doors, shed, skylight, swimming pool, termite-proofing, walls, waterproofing ■ Plumbing: new pipes, septic system, solar-heating system, sump pump ■ Rooftop TV antenna and wiring Washer and dryer sold with the house ■ Windows: awnings, screens, shutters, ■ ■ storm windows, weather-stripping Chapter 3 HOME SWEET TAX SHELTER your home, prolongs its life or adapts it to new uses.

Start your want list by recalling houses you have liked and jotting down their best features. You’ll find further inspiration in the checklist on the opposite page. That list, combined with the price range you have already determined, will give you a sieve through which to sift the dozens of ads you will read in conducting your search. Keep in mind, though, that the final choice of a home almost always requires compromise. 46 Chapter 4 DEFINE YOUR NEEDS, PICK A NEIGHBORHOOD WHICH FEATURES ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU?

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