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"If people follow the steps in this book they should get their loan. If general contractors were this diligent, there would be more successful builders out there." Eddie M. Sternberg, Construction Lender

"This book is written by a person with proven experience as an owner-builder. It is straightforward, and shows you step by step how to proceed with financing to the very end. Owner-building is not for the faint of heart." Joe Stark, Independent Building Inspector

"A very enlightening book that clearly details the realities of owner-building, both the challenges and the rewards." Jim Stark, Owner Builder

"As a designer for dozens of owner-builders, this is a reference book that you must have if you want to get your house built right. This book is a must have for anyone considering building their own home." Dale Booth, House Designer

"When people hire me, I am usually more of a guidance counselor than a designer. This book shows you how to save time and money with your architect." Douglas E. Long, A.I.A., Architect

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"This book will help a lot of people." Barbara Stuart and Keith Harrison, Owner-Builders

"You are generous to share this material so freely in your book and seminar. Book shows a complex understanding and a liberal sharing of technical and contractual information that will be a great help to keep people out of trouble." Austin Johnson, Attorney

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