Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
From Renting to Buying: A Basic Guide to First Time Buying and Ownership by Ben Stefan describes every aspect of buying your first property. Location is covered in detail, from state and municipal taxes to transport and town facilities. Hiring a realtor; deciding on the amount you can afford; arranging finance in advance, assessing the market, and tips on surveying a property before employing an expert to check your choice. Negotiation to purchase and closing the sale is explained, but the new owner will find tips on ensuring mortgage payments are made on time, dealing with utility companies, finding reliable tradesmen, when to do-it-yourself and when to employ an expert, and house insurance. What an owner should know is listed, accompanied by illustrations. From Renting to Buying will save you its cost thousands of times over.
Different laws apply to house purchase in the UK, but the issues under consideration are the same and I am very impressed with Ben Stefan’s clear, logical, and friendly style. From Renting to Buying: A Basic Guide to First Time Buying and Ownership keeps the reader’s feet on the ground whilst sharing the joy ownership brings. Ben Stefan will have you progress from nailing up picture hooks to building shelves! There are tables that are simple to understand and apply, tips on how to save money and when it’s essential to spend, and clear instructions if a buyer taking on a thirty-year mortgage wants to achieve the American dream of retiring early. From Renting to Buying is a marvelous book that I recommend unreservedly.