When it comes to making the most of real estate, knowledge is power. The schools didn't teach us anything about selling a home or how to decide which home to buy, yet those are subjects that have lasting impacts on our lives. When such key decisions are in our immediate future, we come face-to-face with the importance of making the right choices, asking the right questions - and engineering the best deal.
Whether or not you're about to head a foray into real estate in the Boston area, here are a number of excellent recent books that will help arm you with actionable knowledge:
This book is a general go-to reference for buyers (and for sellers as well: being able to put yourself in the shoes of potential buyers is essential for intelligent marketing). Answers to the "100 Questions" are provided by top brokers from around the country, so every detail won't necessarily answer local real estate specifics; but on the whole, this book is concise and informative. The questions are arranged in an easy-to-read format, separated into chapters like "Putting Together the Deal" and "How Do I Know What I Can Afford to Spend." Readers rate it very highly.
Solid, practical information that can be invaluable for homeowners about to enter the Boston real estate market. In the same way that 100 Questions is also useful to sellers, this one would make excellent reading for itinerant home buyers who'd like to know what's important to sellers... thus being one step ahead when it comes to striking a win/win deal. Smart Essentials is mercifully short: just under 100 pages.
Newly updated and with the highest reader reviews, this one is most appropriate for potential buyers with little or no previous real estate experience. As author Musgrave puts it, the object here is "to convey to the reader only the necessary information - and not one work more." The extremely easy-to-read, informal approach is a welcome departure for first-timers: no wonder readers are almost unanimous in agreeing that if first-time home buyers read just one book, this is a worthy choice.
A recently written follow-up to the 2008 best seller, this is an accessible starter book that addressed most of the key issues that successful real estate investors learn to evaluate. The index is especially useful for locating individual topics quickly (something eBook readers don't need to worry about; just highlight a search term).
Thinking of buying or selling real estate in or around Boston? Knowledge truly is power - and we're here to share what we know and to bring it all to bear on your behalf! Call 774.766.1577 or 617.536.8000 for expert real estate advice when considering buying or selling a home.