Best-selling author, real estate expert and "Extra's" Mansions and Millionaires host Michael Corbett gives you some hot tips on the best ways to buy a home -- all from his new book, "Before You Buy!"

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This week's tip:

Buying a home right now is "safer, saner and smarter." The thought of jumping into home ownership today can be frightening, but despite the tremendous up-and-down swing of home prices in the past decade, buying a home is still one of the best long-term investments you can make.

Corbett says, "After the explosion of poor decisions, overspending, and badly structured mortgage programs, the smoke has cleared to reveal a new market of real estate standards and practices that provide a safer, more secure, and healthier climate for homebuyers and homeowners."

There are now many new consumer-protecting safeguards in place -- and lenders are adhering to much-needed regulations when offering mortgages. With low prices, great interest rates, incentives and new consumer-protecting safeguards in place, this year presents a perfect storm of buying opportunity. It allows for something that the real estate market has not seen in a decade: home affordability.

For more tips and guidelines, check out Corbett's book "Before You Buy!" on Amazon.com.

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