Real Estate Economics
100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask, Fourth Edition: With Answers from Top Brokers from Around the Country
100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask, Fourth Edition
With Answers from Top Brokers from Around the Country
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1524763438
From the most trusted name in real estate, a new and fully updated edition of the indispensable guide that helps first-time buyers land the home of their dreams

What does "location, location, location" really mean? How do I decide what to offer on a house? What exactly is the closing?

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions in any person's life. It will be the place where you plant your roots, come home after a long day, raise a family, or make a successful investment. But how, with everything from student loans and an uncertain marketplace stacked against you, do you get to that idyllic future? In 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask, Ilyce Glink, one of the most trusted names in real estate, answers all of your questions about home buying--and some you didn't know you had--and takes you on a personal journey from open houses to moving day. Weaving together advice from top brokers around the country with illustrative stories and her own unparalleled expertise, 100 Questions is a one-stop shop to getting the home of your dreams.
The City That Never Was
The City That Never Was
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1616893907

One of the most troubling consequences of the 2008 global financial collapse was the midstream abandonment of several large-scale speculative urban and suburban projects. The resulting scars on the landscape, large subdivisions with only marked-out plots and half-finished roads, are the subject of The City That Never Was, an eye-opening look at what happens when development, particularly what the author calls "speculative urbanization" is out of sync with financial reality. Presenting historical and recent examples from around the world--from the sprawl of the US Sun Belt and the unoccupied towns of western China, to the "ghost estates" of Ireland--and focusing on case studies in Spain, Marcinkoski proposes an ecologically based model in place of the capricious economic and political factors that typically drive development today.

Last Harvest: From Cornfield to New Town
Last Harvest
From Cornfield to New Town
Paperback      ISBN: 0743235975

When Witold Rybczynski first heard about New Daleville, it was only a developer's idea, attached to ninety acres of cornfield an hour and a half west of Philadelphia. Over the course of five years, Rybczynski met and talked to everyone involved in the building of this residential subdivision -- from the developers to the township leaders, whose approval they needed, to the home builders and engineers and, ultimately, the first families who moved in.

Always eloquent and illuminating, the award-winning author of Now I Sit Me Down looks at this "neotraditional" project, with its houses built close together to encourage a sense of intimacy and community, and explains the trends in American domestic architecture -- from where we place our kitchens and fences to why our bathrooms get larger every year.

Last Harvest was voted one of the ten best books of 2008 by the editors of Planetizen, and as Publishers Weekly said, "Rybczynski provides historical and cultural perspectives in a style reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell, debunking the myth of urban sprawl and explaining American homeowners' preference for single-family dwellings."
106 Mortgage Secrets All Borrowers Must Learn - But Lenders Don't Tell
106 Mortgage Secrets All Borrowers Must Learn - But Lenders Don't Tell
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0470152869

The only guidebook that shows you how to finance any property--with or without bank approval

Would you like to discover all of the many ways that you can finance real estate? Want to learn how to cut your financing costs, avoid pitfalls, and negotiate the best terms? Then let Gary Eldred's 106 Mortgage Secrets All Borrowers Must Learn--But Lenders Don't Tell, Second Edition guide you. Fully updated, this practical guide explains how today's changing mortgage market really works. Unlike other mortgage guides, this book goes beyond traditional bank-originated loans and shows you how to benefit with seller financing, assumables, subject-to, wraparounds, lease options, foreclosures, and other money-saving possibilities.

106 Mortgage Secrets also protects you from the sharp practices of loan reps that have recently sparked Congressional hearings and multiple state investigations. In addition, Eldred shows how and why the right financing decisions can add tens (and sometimes hundreds) of thousands of dollars to your long-term net worth. With these 106 secrets, you'll build the confidence and the knowledge to:
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Increase your borrowing power
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Obtain the lowest interest rate
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Understand the true pros and cons of ARMs
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Cut (or eliminate) the cost of mortgage insurance
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Save big with seller financing, assumptions, foreclosures, and REOs
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Strengthen your credit profile and credit score
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Avoid getting taken... by the fine print and garbage fees
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Steer clear of scams and unprincipled loan reps and lenders
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Accumulate wealth through homeownership and investment properties


Simple, concise, and comprehensive, this book reveals everything property buyers need to know--especially the 106 financing secrets lenders too often omit.

Appraisal, Market Analysis and Public Policy in Real Estate: Essays in Honor of James A. Graaskamp
Appraisal, Market Analysis and Public Policy in Real Estate
Essays in Honor of James A. Graaskamp
Hardcover      ISBN: 0792393449

This book is organized into four functional areas that reflect the multi-disciplinary approach to real estate studies influenced by James A. Graaskamp. The first section focuses on theoretical and philosophical issues. The second section explores real estate appraisal, feasibility and special use analysis. The third section reviews market analysis and trade area delineation that is critical to spatial analysis of real estate. The final section considers some of the important public policy issues as they relate to real estate.

Be a Real Estate Millionaire: How to Build Wealth for a Lifetime in an Uncertain Economy
Be a Real Estate Millionaire
How to Build Wealth for a Lifetime in an Uncertain Economy
Paperback      ISBN: 1593154887
Be a Real Estate Millionaire will teach you Dean Graziosi's personal strategies for turning real estate "losers" into winners. Discover the seven keys to uncovering "hidden real estate values." Learn to identify the five types of real estate markets and the right strategy for each. Take Dean's local market analysis test to determine the exact nature of your local real estate market. Receive Dean's unique formula for win-win-win real estate transactions and experience how you can make money while helping others make money, too. Let Dean share his strategies and secrets and help you become a real estate millionaire today. Read and act on Dean's advice and you too will become a real estate millionaire.
Becoming a Real Estate Agent
Becoming a Real Estate Agent
Hardcover      ISBN: 150119772x
Choosing a profession begins with imagining yourself in a career: here are all the details you need to get started in the popular field of real estate--from salary expectations, regional challenges, and how to use social media to your lucrative advantage.

What makes a great real estate agent? Is it just numbers? Sales volume? How do you get to the top of the market in boom times? How do you survive a soft market? What tools must you bring to the job? Is it at all like those reality shows on TV?

Starting in his own backyard, Esquire writer Tom Chiarella explores the requisite skills needed to thrive in various real estate scenarios: a static buyer's market in rural Indiana, a booming seller's market in Seattle, and the incredibly high-end market of Chicago's luxury high-rises. Forming a personal connection with each of his subjects, he watches them work in the front seat of their cars, at lunches, on street corners, and in the doorways of homes.

What Chiarella discovers is that great real estate agents devote themselves to the job with a sense of craftsmanship. Showcasing the individual tools used to develop a successful real estate career, Becoming a Real Estate Agent profiles individuals who live a life of thrilling improvisation, action, and instinct--a life in which excellence is sometimes gauged by the ability to walk away from a commission when circumstance demands it.
Bob Vila's Guide to Buying Your Dream House
Bob Vila's Guide to Buying Your Dream House
Paperback      ISBN: 0316902918

Host of This Old House on PBS, Bob Vila takes novice and experienced homeowners through the process of finding and purchasing the perfect home.

Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers
Building the Skyline
The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers
Hardcover      ISBN: 0199344361

The Manhattan skyline is one of the great wonders of the modern world. In Building the Skyline, Jason Barr chronicles the history of the Manhattan skyscrapers and provides insights into the economic forces that have created its distinctive and iconic panorama. Bedrock is Manhattan's natural and geological history, which influenced early land use and the development of neighborhoods, including the dense tenement neighborhoods of Five Points and the Lower East Side. Barr sheds light on why skyscrapers emerged downtown and why they appeared three miles to the north in midtown--but not in between the two areas-and debunks myths that geology was the cause. Rather, the patterns of skyscraper construction reflected economic and demographic forces at the time, which in turn influenced subsequent developments. As the first rigorous investigation of innovative ways to accommodate as many people as possible on the same location, Building the Skyline is an important contribution to understanding the growth and life of cities.

Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers
Building the Skyline
The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers
Paperback      ISBN: 0190912294

The Manhattan skyline is one of the great wonders of the modern world. In Building the Skyline, Jason Barr chronicles the history of the Manhattan skyscrapers and provides insights into the economic forces that have created its distinctive and iconic panorama. Bedrock is Manhattan's natural and geological history, which influenced early land use and the development of neighborhoods, including the dense tenement neighborhoods of Five Points and the Lower East Side. Barr sheds light on why skyscrapers emerged downtown and why they appeared three miles to the north in midtown--but not in between the two areas-and debunks myths that geology was the cause. Rather, the patterns of skyscraper construction reflected economic and demographic forces at the time, which in turn influenced subsequent developments. As the first rigorous investigation of innovative ways to accommodate as many people as possible on the same location, Building the Skyline is an important contribution to understanding the growth and life of cities.