Why do people buy fixer-uppers? They're looking for a real estate investment: Buy a home that needs work, throw some time and money into it, and then sell it for a profit. Jim Sulski overviews the pros and cons.

Buying a Fixer-Upper
Building Your Renovation Team
Doing Your Final Walk-Through
Developing "Vision"
Matching Your Wants and Needs to What's on the Market
Tax Implications of Mortgage, Property Tax and Insurance Payments

Building Your Renovation Team
Selecting the right professionals to help you design and construct your home project is critical to its success. But do you really need an architect, contractor and a designer?

Pre-Renovation: Design Plans, Blueprints, and Estimates
How Much Can You Afford to Spend?

Doing Your Final Walk-Through
Do you know what to check on your final walk-through of the property you're about to buy? Barbara Buchholz explains the purpose of your final walk-through, what to look for, and what to keep in mind.

The Closing Timeline
What to Expect on Closing Day

Buy a wheelbarrow, a new pair of rubber "Wellington" boots, a knee pad, and some new gardening hand tools. Create a space in the garage to hang your new gardening accessories.
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Inspect Your Home Before You Buy
Ilyce Glink is the bestselling author of 100 Questions Every First Time Home Buyer Should Ask, and is the Managing Editor of Right at Home Daily.

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House-Hunting Journal
With all the houses you're visiting, looking for the one that's right for you, how can you keep your visits straight? Use our house-hunting journal to keep yourself organized.

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