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reading-a-bookThe real estate process in one in which involves many moving parts, and someone not experienced to the process can easily get lost in the mix. While you can always turn to your American Dream Realty agent for assistance, there are other ways and means to making sense of the real estate world. To help sort through the clutter, here are a few essential reads you should take up before buying or selling your home, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer.

Buying a Home—The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner. If you’ve ever wanted to see how the home-buying process pans out, detailed step by detailed step, then this is the book for you. This explains everything that you are going to incur on your home-buying journey, and can be considered an essential for a first-time home buyer.

Mastering the Art of Selling Real Estate by Tom Hopkins. For the seller, this little book can serve as an indispensable tool in your arsenal. By using all of the tips and tricks explained in the book, you will be able to supplement your agent’s advice when it comes to negotiations, and how to really give those prospective buyers an offer that they can’t refuse. Not only that, but this book is a great tool for people working in sales, period.

106 Common Mistakes Home Buyers Make and How to Avoid Them by Gary Eldred. In everything we do, from real estate to laundry, there are going to be mistakes—it’s inevitable. However, reading this book will help you reduce the chances of making 106 mistakes throughout your home-buying process, making the escapade run much smoother.

In a People House by Dr. Suess. To close out our list, we have a classic from the famed author himself. This is not a book for children, it is one for you. This book will serve as a gentle reminder to stay calm, cool, and collected throughout the real estate process, and to have a sense of humor about everything. It showcases one undisputed truth, that no matter what, you will make whatever house you buy into “your home” for years to come.

There you have it, four essential reads to help guide you throughout the real estate process. By picking up any of these, you’ll be better prepared to face whatever lies in front of you, whether it’s buying or selling, upgrading or downsizing. However, any question that these reads leave you with, feel free to ask your American Dream agent—they would be more than happy to help, and in turn make your real estate process run seamlessly.

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