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Smart Reads for the Beach Crowd

by Joseph Finora Jr.

Ever wonder what it’s really like to be immersed in the real estate market? What happens on those hot weekends when John and Jane from Jersey traverse your lawn and tramp through your home only to shake their heads and walk away? Or maybe you’d like some inside tips on becoming a savvy negotiator when you put your property on the market or make an offer on that new beachfront condo.

For answers, check out the well-written Diary of a Real Estate Rookie: My Year of Flipping, Selling, and Rebuilding — and What I Learned (the Hard Way!) ($14.95, Kaplan Publishing) by Alison Rogers, founding editor of the New York Post real-estate section and a New York City real-estate agent. Roger’s humorous touch doesn’t overshadow the education she provides about what the other guy may be thinking when you’re buying, selling or viewing a home. Not only will this be easy (and ultimately helpful) beach reading, but the book’s title can be a great conversation starter. After all, nearly everyone has a real-estate experience and an opinion to go with it.

Joseph Finora Jr. is a freelance writer living in Laurel. If you have questions you’d like to see addressed in this column, email them to jfinora@optonline.net

from Distinction, August 2007

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