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Buying Property For Dummies, 2nd Australian Edition

Buying Property For Dummies, 2nd Australian Edition

Karin Derkley

ISBN: 978-0-730-37556-2

Sep 2011

272 pages

Out of stock

$16.99

Description

Created especially for the Australian customer!

Learn to:

  • Find the perfect property for you

  • Finance your dream

  • Choose from an established home, brand-new property or a 'fixer-upper'

  • Get your foot on the property ladder!

Open the book and find:

  • Strategies for getting your deposit together

  • Pros and cons of buying a period home

  • What's involved with becoming an owner–builder

  • Pitfalls to consider when buying 'off the plan'

  • How to secure a home loan if you're self-employed

  • Tactics to beat the auctioneersat their own game

Unearth your dream home and negotiate the mortgage maze

Do you search property websites, wondering whether a particular property could be your dream home? Do you feel like you're wasting money on rent but are confused by the world of real estate — and real estate agents? Relax! This practical guide covers all aspects of buying property, from buying a piece of history to building from scratch to signing on the dotted line.

  • Work out whether you're ready to buy — find out whether you're ready for the commitment of buying property, financially and psychologically

  • Focus in on the right property for you — determine your 'must haves' and 'like to haves', and whether you'll need to make a trade-off between these and your preferred location

  • Decide what kind of property you want — discover if your best option is to buy off the plan, find an established property or build yourself

  • Deal with property professionals — cut through real estate agent spin and understand how buyers' agents work

  • Find the right finance — choose the home loan that suits you and your finances

  • Negotiate a great deal — move smoothly through the buying and settlement process, whether buying at auction or through private treaty sale

Introduction.

Part I: The Great Australian Dream.

Chapter 1: Assessing the Dream: Buying Property.

Chapter 2: Squeezing Your Foot onto the Property Ladder.

Chapter 3: The Position or the Property.

Chapter 4: Dealing with Property Professionals.

Part II: Finding Your Dream Home.

Chapter 5: The Search Is On.

Chapter 6: Buying a Piece of History.

Chapter 7: Renovator’s Dream (or Nightmare).

Chapter 8: Nice and New.

Chapter 9: Building from Scratch.

Part III: Borrowing For, Buying and Protecting Your Home.

Chapter 10: Climbing Aboard the Mortgage Merry-Go-Round.

Chapter 11: Going, Going, Gone: Buying at Auction.

Chapter 12: Making an Offer: Buying Through a Private

Treaty Sale.

Chapter 13: Sold to the Highest Bidder! Now What?

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: Ten Things to Remember as a First Home Buyer.

Chapter 15: Ten Areas (Almost!) to Check at Open Homes.

Index.