Buying Property For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 23, 2011 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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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


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Table of Contents
Where to Go from Here
Liking the advantages of renting
Owning Your Home Is TaxFriendly
Squeezing Your Foot onto the Property
Calculating Your Monthly Outgoings
The Position or the Property
Dealing with Property Professionals
Funding Your Renovation
The House First or the Land?
From Plans
Building from Scratch
Designing Your Dream Home
Moving from Concept to Contract

Putting In an Offer
Understanding What Selling or Buyers
Assessing the Properties on the Short List
Taking a Critical Look at a Property
Notsoimpressive cons
Architectural Periods and Styles
Renovators Dream or Nightmare
Doing It Yourself
Hiring Designers and Proiect Managers
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Introducing the property
Making a PreAuction Offer
Looking at Other Selling Methods
Securing Your Final Loan Approval
Calculating the costs
Ten Things to Remember as a First Home
Ten Areas Almost to Check at Open

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About the author (2011)

Karin Derkley is the former deputy editor of Personal Investor magazine, and continues to write for The Age and AFR Smart Investor magazine. She has also lived through the pleasures and pitfalls of purchasing and renovating her own home.

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