First Time Homebuyer’s Guide

Geoff Curran, CPA, CFA, CFP®


Buying your first home, or even your second home, can be an exciting but nerve-wracking process. It’s an emotional transaction, and fine details can often be overlooked. In First Time Homebuyer’s Guide, Merriman Advisor Geoff Curran gives some important advice to home buyers based on his own experience and the help of mortgage brokers, insurance agents, inspectors.

Whether it’s general negotiating skills or tactics to receive assistance with financing from the seller, understanding the whole home buying process before you even start can make it all go much more smoothly.


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When my wife and I went through the process of buying our first home in Washington state, I felt I knew everything there was to know about home buying. Well, that was a rude awakening. Thanks to many conversations with our mortgage broker, realtor, homeowner’s insurance agent, inspector, family and colleagues, we were able to confidently move forward and not run into surprises. This short book shares the knowledge gained from my experience of spending hours researching online, as well as expertise shared by a handful of other professionals.

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