You, the Buyer!

From your perspective you are the most important element in the transaction. From everyone else’s perspective, you are the weakest link. Your job is to bring the money. (Hmmm . . . there must be some nicer way I can phrase that. No, I can’t think of one. Your primary job is definitely to bring the money.)

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You’re Not Buying That House, Are You?

Never mind. Go ahead. Forget I said anything. (Giggle) On the Web site of National Association of the Remodeling Industry is a quiz for would-be do-it-yourselfers contemplating a major housing project. The questions (reprinted later in this chapter) come with this disclaimer: This quiz is not meant to scare you away from DIY projects—they can be extremely rewarding and fun if you are prepared and have the proper skills.

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A Few Rules before Buying House

Basically what I’m suggesting here is that shelving your ego is not necessary during the home-shopping process. The bank will certainly chop back your self-esteem by telling you they’ll never loan you that much money. Your Aunt Gertrude will swear she’ll never come visit you if you buy a house that looks like that.

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