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There is simply no substitute for getting educated about a subject. Buying a home, getting a mortgage, and preparing a long-term financial plan are the most important financial tasks you will undertake in your life. Do these tasks well, or do them poorly - take your choice!!! If you choose to do them well, these books, all of which I have read, will get you started in the right direction. I recommend them highly. You still can benefit from the assistance of a professional - a Realtor, an investment advisor, or mortgage professional - but you need to know the fundamentals before you begin.


How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Your Home Mortgage, 2nd Edition
By Randy Johnson

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Obviously, this is my book which is widely described elsewhere on this site so I won't repeat it here. I'd be delighted if you would order it directly from Note that the book is now also available in Adobe format for those who would prefer an e-book.  I would especially appreciate feedback from those who try this.

How to How to Find a Home and Get a Mortgage on the Internet
by Randy Johnson

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My new book is a valuable research tool for anyone wanting to use the resources on the Internet for real estate purposes. You can check out the Table of Contents here.

Loan Officer's Handbook for Success

by Steve Driscoll

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I have a surprising number of website visitors from the industry who are interested in my approach to treating clients.  I also get many inquiries from people who are interested in a career in the mortgage industry.  I strongly recommend this worthwhile book to any current or aspiring Loan Officer. For more information


Buyer Beware
Insider Secrets You Need to Know Before Buying Your Home - From Choosing an Agent to Closing the Deal
by Carla Cross

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This is simply the best book I've ever read on the nut's and bolts of buying a home. You may want to buy more than one book, but this should be one of them.

The 106 Common Mistakes Homebuyers Make (& How to Avoid Them)
by Gary W. Eldred

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320 pages 2nd edition (March 1998)
This is a terrific book and it is easy to read! Obviously, you only need to avoid one mistake to make this book pay for itself.

Not One Dollar More! :
How to Save $3,000 to $30,000 Buying Your Next Home : A Plain English Guide
by Joseph Eamon Cummins

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This is a great book about negotiating, from a Master Practicioner!


100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask With Answers from Top Brokers from Around the Country
by Ilyce R. Glink

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Paperback - 451 pages 1 Ed edition (February 1994)

Ilyce is a very good reporter and she must have listened well as this is about as comprehensive book as I've seen.


10 Steps to Home Ownership
A Workbook for First-Time Buyers
by Ilyce R. Glink

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Paperback - 351 pages 1 Ed edition (December 1996)

This is Ilyce's other book. It's a workbook as opposed to a Q&A.

Reverse Mortgages for Beginners :
A Consumer Guide to Every Homeowner's Retirement Nest Egg
by Ken Scholen

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This is the Reverse Mortgage Bible.

The Buy & Hold Real Estate Strategy:
by David T. Schumacher, PhD with Eric Page Bucy

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This is the best book I've ever read about buying and managing income property. Unfortunately, the book is out of print but worth having try to run it down for you..

The Savage Truth On Money
by Terry Savage

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There are perhaps 1000 books on investing and financial planning but most of them have some gimmick or appeal to the reader's sense of greed and are worthless. This one is simply TERRIFIC. Terry's advice is well grounded in discpline and common sense. It's as good as it gets and you should order it now!

Smart Money Decisions:
Why You Do What You Do With Money (and how to change for the better)
by Max H. Bazerman

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This is one of the most amazing books you'll ever read. Dr. Bazerman studies how people - including you - make decisions and how they negotiate. He finds that most people make serious, costly errors because of flawed decision-making. This book will save you a bundle.


The Millionaire Next Door:
The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy
by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

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A deservedly popular about how millionaires got to be that way . . . and it's not how you think!


Invest in Yourself
Six Secrets to a Rich Life
by Marc Eisenson, Gerri Detweiler, & Nancy Castleman

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Hardcover - 326 pages (October 1998)

You should probably have a couple of financial planning books but this should be the one you start out with. It has some very practical advice about how to order your life to make it more fulfilling. In my view, that comes before buying stocks.

Charles Schwab's Guide to Financial Independence
Simple Solutions for Busy People
by Charles R. Schwab

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Paperback - 272 pages Reprint edition (February 1999)

This is an excellent book for the first-timer. If you are new to investing, spring for this one.


The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom
by Suze Orman

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Hardcover - 290 pages (April 1997)

Certainly one of the most popular books ever written about personal finance, and well worth your attention.


Last Chance Financial Planning Guide
It's Not Too Late to Plan for Your Retirement If You Start Now
by Anthony Spare and Paul Ciotti

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Paperback - 208 pages (March 1997)

Tony is a friend and classmate of mine. He manages several billion dollars so he is speaking from the viewpoint of a real expert. I really enjoyed this excellent book. You will too.

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