The good news: It's a buyer's market and interest rates are down. The bad news: It's tougher to get credit and qualify for an affordable mortgage. In this volatile market, potential homebuyers need to arm themselves with as much information as they can get. This book takes them through each step of buying a home and will show them how to: choose the right house, condo, co-op, or vacation home; analyze mortgage rates, property values, and market trends; work with agents, brokers, lawyers, and lenders; and more. Whether buyers are purchasing a first home or their fourth, this updated guide walks them through their biggest purchase with expert advice they can trust. This edition includes completely new material on loans to avoid, how to determine if a house is overpriced, and avoiding foreclosure.