9781889392110

Your New House : The Alert Consumer's Guide to Buying and Building a Quality Home

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    9781889392110

  • ISBN10:

    1889392111

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-04-01
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

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A new edition includes updated pricing information and outlines current trends in home buying, citing what current events in the dot-com industry mean for online services, and providing website listings for deals on home products. Original. 30,000 first p

Author Biography

Alan and Denise Fields are nationally known consumer advocates who have been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, and DATELINE NBC. Their books include the best-selling Bridal Bargains and Baby Bargains. They live in Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I Power Home Buying: Getting Ready, Getting Set xi
Reality Check: Bob Vila is NOT Building Your Home
1(22)
So, Who Are You Guys Anyway?
2(1)
Yes, You Should. No, You Shouldn't
2(2)
Four Truths about Buying a Home No One Tells You
4(2)
Who Should NOT Buy or Build a New Home
6(2)
Should This Book Be Rated NC-17?
8(1)
What Does An Average New Home Cost?
9(3)
Nasty Surprises That Inflate Home Prices
12(1)
The Goal: Take Control
13(1)
Key Ingredients of a Quality New Home
14(1)
Jargon Check: 3 Flavors of New Homes
15(4)
Why You Should NOT Build a House Yourself
19(1)
Introducing the Money Bombs
20(2)
What's New In This Edition
22(1)
How Much New Home Can You Really Afford?
23(29)
Ultimate Reality Check: 3 Mistakes to Avoid
23(1)
The Goal Of This Chapter
24(1)
Stuff to Know: Points, Locks, Insurance
25(1)
Two Paths to a New Home
26(1)
The Golden Rule of New Home Buying or Building
27(2)
Step-by-Step Strategies
29(1)
How Much Profit is Fair?
30(1)
Getting Started: How Far In Advance?
31(1)
Sources for Construction Loans
31(1)
Builder as Lender: Fox in Sheep's clothing?
32(1)
Sources for The Best Rates
33(1)
What's On the Web? Best Online Sources
34(3)
Shopping Savvy for Online Mortgages
37(1)
Seventeen Questions to Ask Lenders
38(1)
Email: One-Time Closing Savings Disappears
39(3)
Credit Scores: What's your FICO?
42(2)
The Two Biggest Myths about the Mortgage Process
44(1)
The Lock Game
45(1)
Lenders with Loose Lips and Seven Other Money Bombs
46(2)
Email: Discount appraisal problems
48(2)
Closing Costs
50(2)
The Building Team
52(29)
The Designer: The Rodney Dangerfield of Homebuilding
52(10)
Four Myths about Architects
52(2)
Top Sources to Find an Architect
54(2)
What Will It Cost You?
56(1)
Reality Check: Who Can Do Without
57(1)
Going Naked: Making Sure You're Covered
58(2)
Step by Step Strategies
60(1)
Fourteen Questions to Ask an Architect
60(2)
The Private Inspector/Construction Manager
62(13)
Key Inspection Points
63(1)
What Will It Cost You?
64(1)
Six Sources for Finding an Inspector
64(1)
What's On The Web? Inspection Advice
65(1)
Why Municipal Building Inspectors Can't Be Trusted
66(5)
The Most Common Mistakes Inspectors Discover
71(1)
Eight Questions to Ask an Inspector or Construction Manager
72(1)
Agent-Captured Inspectors and Three Other Money Bombs
73(2)
Real Estate Attorneys
75(3)
What's On the Web? Four Law Sites
76(2)
Other Possible Team Members
78(1)
Who Is Not on Your Team?
78(3)
If Dirt Were Dollars ... Finding the Right Location for Your Home
81(19)
The Four Types of Home Sites
81(1)
Phase 1: Steps to Scoping Out the Location
82(1)
Phase 2: Steps for Evaluating the Actual Home Site
83(4)
Environmental Detectives: Sleuthing the Sludge
86(1)
Seven Costs Involved in Land Purchase
87(1)
Siting the House: Six Smart Tips
88(2)
20 Questions to Ask about the Land
90(1)
Email: Get a Map!
90(2)
The Hamburger Theory of Neighborhoods
92(1)
Email: Lot Premiums
93(1)
Money-Bombs: Soil Troubles & Impact Fees
94(3)
The Bizarre World of Homeowners' Associations
97(3)
The Ugly Truth about Real Estate Agents: Helping Hand or Scum of the Earth?
100(27)
The Trolls of Real Estate
101(1)
The Internet Battles the Troll
102(1)
Bill Gates as the Big Bad Wolf
103(1)
Who Really Needs An Agent?
103(1)
The Biggest Myth about Real Estate Agents
104(3)
The $7650 Taxi Cab Ride & 3 Other Money Bombs
107(1)
The Free Upgrade Dance
108(2)
Email: The $9000 cup of coffee
110(2)
Our Recommendation: Use a Buyer's Agent
112(12)
Going it Alone: Net Home Listings
114(1)
What It Costs
114(1)
Two Sources to Find A Buyer s Agent
115(3)
11 Questions to Ask a Buyer's Broker
118(1)
Email: Beware Registration Cards
118(2)
The ``Money'' Source Controversy
120(1)
5 Money Bombs
121(1)
Email: Agent Fails to Present Offer
122(2)
The Model Trap Et Other Builder Sales Sins
124(3)
House by Design
127(34)
``Pick a Floor Plan'' Design
127(3)
Omission by Design Money Bomb
129(1)
Plan Books
130(5)
Biggest Design Goofs in Production Homes
131(1)
What's on the Web? Home Plan Sites
132(2)
Money Bomb: One Size Does Not Fit All
134(1)
Designer/Drafting Services
135(1)
Architects
136(4)
Architects Who Live on the Planet of Unrealistic Costs
137(3)
What Will It Cost You?
140(1)
Twelve Steps to Designing a New Home
141(3)
The ``Too Many Cooks'' Syndrome
144(2)
The Top Eight Trends for New Homes
146(1)
The Storage Squeeze
147(1)
Eight Inexpensive Thrills
148(1)
Lemons on the Info Highway
149(2)
Four Things They Don't Tell You About Golf Course Living
151(2)
Eco-Houses: They're Not Just for Granola-Heads Anymore
153(1)
Time Ways To Make A Small House Seem Spacious
154(2)
Manufactured Homes: Log, Modular, Panel, Post Ft Beam
156(2)
27 Design Tips for Kitchens & Baths
158(3)
Bring on the Builder
161(38)
Six Good and Not-So-Good Sources for Finding a Builder
163(2)
What's On the Web? Surfing Builder Sites
165(2)
When Do You Hire a Builder?
167(1)
The Dog and Pickup Truck Builder
168(1)
The Mini-Tycoon
169(1)
Top-Gun Builders
170(1)
The Production Builder
171(1)
13 Questions to Ask a Builder
171(1)
The Square-Foot Price Myth
172(4)
Fifteen Steps to Screening a Builder
176(1)
Detective Work: Builder's Past Clients
177(1)
10 Clues to Quality Builders
178(2)
License Loopholes and Other Money Bombs
180(2)
Evaluating Construction on the Fly
182(2)
Builder/Architect Tension
184(1)
Choosing a Production Builder
185(4)
The Top 10 Biggest Builders
189(1)
Insider Info: Web Sites
189(2)
Deceitful Decorating & Five Other Money Bombs
191(3)
Tips for Saving on Production Homes
194(3)
Strategy: Use That Salesperson
197(1)
Translating Builder-Speak to English
198(1)
The Paper Trail: Protecting Your Rights with a Good Contract
199(32)
How Bad Contracts Zap Good Buyers
199(1)
Reality Check: Not Many Options
200(2)
Sources for Sample Contracts
202(2)
Sixteen Clauses in a Good Contract
204(1)
What's on the Web? Legal Database
204(2)
Email: Cost-Plus Nightmare
206(11)
Getting Specific: Finding Out What You're Really Buying from a Production Builder
217(3)
Money Bomb: The Lowball Allowance Game
220(2)
The Wild World of Home Warranties
222(4)
Lemon Law for New Homes?
226(5)
Part II Go! Building the Home and Other Traumatic Experiences 231(72)
Key Inspection Points, Part 1: The Skeleton House
233(23)
Permits and Approval
233(1)
Bogus Engineer Approval
234(1)
Foundations
234(8)
The Concrete Ticket Tip
235(1)
Email: Cylinder Tests
236(1)
Seven Steps to Foundations
236(2)
Eco-Friendly Alternatives
238(1)
Undercut Footings and Five Other Money Bombs
238(4)
Framing
242(7)
Four Steps to Framing
243(2)
Four Eco-Friendly Alternatives
245(1)
Warped Joists and Two Other Money Bombs
246(1)
Engineered Wood: Miracle or Time Bomb?
246(3)
Rough-in: Plumbing, Electrical, Heating and Cooling
249(7)
Map of Recommendation Insulation
251(1)
Four Eco-Friendly Alternatives
252(1)
Four Money Bombs
252(4)
Key Inspection Points, Part II: Finally, Finishing
256(23)
Exterior Finishing
256(9)
The Roof: Seven Options and Their Costs
257(1)
Siding, Gutters and Paint
258(3)
Plastic Wood and Other Eco-Alternatives
261(1)
The Primer Money Bomb
261(3)
Email: Trendsetter Perils
264(1)
Interior Finishing
265(13)
Windows, Drywall, Paint, Trim Work
265(2)
Five Floor-Covering Options
267(1)
Four Tips for the Best Cabinets
268(1)
Countertops, Lights, Appliances and Plumbing Fixtures
269(4)
Seven Eco-Friendly Alternatives
273(1)
Six Money Bombs, Including New-Carpet Fumes
274(2)
Best New Products
276(2)
Final Grading
278(1)
New Home 911: When Things Go Wrong And How to Fix Them
279(16)
Top Three Reasons Why You Shouldn't Kill Your Builder
279(1)
Inept Subs, Builder/Architect Animosity
280(1)
Cost Overruns
281(1)
The Shrinking Profit Syndrome
282(1)
Infomercials: Get Home Quick Schemes
283(2)
Take-the-Money-and-Run Builders: A Vanishing Breed
285(1)
The Caulk Reflex
286(1)
Legal System Snafus
287(1)
Top Six Excuses That Builders Give for Shoddy Work and Mistakes
288(1)
Turning the Tables: When Builder is Buyer
289(2)
The Most Common Call-Backs
291(1)
Email: 13 Hard-Won Lessons
292(3)
Bargains for Home
295(8)
Meet the Shopping 'Bots
295(1)
Discount Catalogs
296(2)
More Deals: Home Stores
298(1)
Discount Lighting Sources
299(2)
Discount Carpeting Ft Flooring
301(1)
Discount Plumbing Sources
302(1)
Conclusion: What Does it All Mean 303(1)
Appendix A Product Reviews: Windows, Plumbing & More 304(7)
Windows Brand Reviews
305(2)
Plumbing Brand Reviews
307(2)
Roofing
309(2)
Glossary 311(6)
Bibliography 317(2)
About the Authors 319(2)
Phone/Web Directory 321(6)
Index 327

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