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Buy, Sell and Move House: Navigate the Property Market without Getting Lost (Which? Essential Guide) [Paperback]

Kate Faulkner
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15 Sep 2010 Which Essential Guide
Navigating the property market is difficult, whether you are a first-time buyer or trying to climb the property ladder. This new edition of the best-selling guide makes the process as smooth as possible, explaining how to avoid being gazumped, gazundered or getting stuck in a chain. Buy, Sell and Move House takes you through each stage of the buying and selling process, providing realistic guidance on how to get the best from your agent and solicitor, what to check for when viewing a property, how to arrange the most suitable mortgage for your budget and avoiding potential disputes with your new neighbours. It is fully updated with information on dealing with changing housing markets. It includes guidelines on how to budget for your move, tips on understanding the true value of a property, discusses how to manage a chain and features key questions to ask the vendor or agent. Buy, Sell and Move House also presents the key differences when buying in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books; 3rd edition (15 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901081
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Faulkner grew up in Nottingham and has lived in Central London, Acton, Hackney, Finsbury Park, Byfleet, West Byfleet, Reading, Thames Ditton and she now resides near Newark. She has lived in a 1930s house, student accommodation, an Edwardian home, several Victorian terraces, a 1970s property and a 1950s flat. She now lives in a 200 year old farmhouse. Kate has bought, sold, rented, renovated, traded and worked in relocation as well as set up the Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon. And she's analysed over 50 areas for buy to let investment potential. Kate loves anything and everything to do with property and has set up a free site for people carrying out projects called Got a question? Get an answer, she and her team will help as much as they can.

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`an excellent reference book for any inexperienced buyer'
-- Daily Telegraph, April 2006 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kate Faulkner has bought and renovated properties for many years and has worked in the property industry for over seven years, both as an adviser to relocating companies and individual consumers. She runs a website called and is currently head of marketing for a self-build and renovation company. She is the author of two previous property books.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Elle
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had this book years ago, when I last bought and sold. This is a totally updated version and was full of useful information. Some of it I already knew, but lots I had known and had forgotten. I will be dipping into this again in the weeks ahead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know to make a start 27 Nov 2012
By Richard M. Seel VINE VOICE
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This really is a book which explores the ins and outs of buying and selling a house. The pitfalls are highlighted: how to negotiate with an estate agent; how to decide how much your present home is worth; solicitors' costs; how to get a mortgage; how to know whether your proposed purchase is a `good' buy or if the person buying your house is genuine; etc., etc.

The book is clearly written and easy to read. Everything is laid out from beginning to end; all is logical and well thought out. Whether you are a first-time purchaser or someone who has moved several times, there is much to help make it easier and overcome any difficulties. The chapters are well signposted and the index at the end makes it easy for the reader to find out what they want to know. So whether you want to start at the beginning and look at the property market, from how to value a property right through to the day of removal, you will find all this in this book.

It is excellent and I could see nothing which had been omitted. It really is the A.B.C... of buying, selling and moving. I am tempted to say everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask! It won't take out the stress of buying and selling but it surely will make it a lot easier!

Review by Shirleyanne Seel (who used to be a conveyancer).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to avoid the usual trapfalls 17 Nov 2012
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Unfortunately as I've seen happen with friends and colleagues, it's all too often a fact that house sales fall through after lots of money exchanging hands, and before contracts are exchanged. In some cases, even after this important step a sale can fall through, so books like this serve to try to shrink that risk to as minimal as possible.

This book covers most of the important steps, working out how much you have to spend, finding a property, associated fees, affordability of repayments, evaluating a good purchase etc..

Whilst extensive, it won't eliminate all the potential risks that can cause a purchase or sale to fall through. However it will likely ensure you cover all the right bases, from negotiating well with estate agents, to ensuring you get all the paperwork done on time and within expectation.

Buying a house is not quick or easy. Even more so when you are either a first time buyer, or somebody with limited funds that has decided buying is money better spent over renting. Being a "Which?" guide also gives it an impartiality you won't get with guides or advice from banks or other parties with a stake in the sale. I thoroughly recommend this, and will be reading it cover to cover when I am serious about purchasing a property.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Used to move house in 2013 5 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very helpful book which I used to navigate all the obstacles to our house move in 2013. Easy to read and very informative. Saved me about 50 on the EPC!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful 12 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Really helpful. Step by step guide with lots of information and tips. Well worth the money. Don't move home without it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another excellent guide from the people who know... 17 April 2013
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Whilst the guide is not the last word in moving house it does feel that they have covered most of their bases. Plenty of useful tips and advice, think I would use it as a practical guide alongside the glossy programmes of Phil,kirsty and sarah on selling houses. A useful purchase - good luck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 24 Mar 2013
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This is a good little book. A lot of information is presented in a very small package. All the basics are covered (types of mortgage, acronyms relating to mortgages and fees, etc). I felt the only thing it was really lacking was more information about life/mortgage cover in case you die.

Overall a really great book ideal for anyone interested in getting onto the ladder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have guide ... 5 Mar 2013
By Karen Baxter VINE VOICE
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'Buy, Sell & Move House' from Which Publications is a comprehensive guide to the minefiled of buying and selling property. We moved in December 2012 and without this guide we would almost certainly have suffered with higher levels of stress and definitely spent a lot more money. Therefore the Which Guide 'Buy, Sell & Move House' is not only good for your health it is also good for your wallet.

Chapters include:

Facts and Figures; The essentials of moving house plus facts and figures.
Assets, Advisors and Affordibility: Choosing a mortgage, how much, mortgage problems, insurance policies.
Valuing a Property: The market and property prices
Selling Your Home: Getting ready, estate agents, Selling your property yourself, Energy Performance Certificates, the Legal Process, Problems with your sale.
Buying a Property: Needs Vs Wants, location, first time buyer schemes, viewing property, making your offer, surveys.
Managing the Chain: Running the chain
Preparing for Move Day: removals, getting organised and actually moving.
Settling In: paperwork, disputes
Selling and Buying in Scotland
Selling and Buying in Northern Ireland and Ireland

So to sum up ... an affordable guide that is a must have if you are planning to move.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
This book is really recommended. Easy reading. You can look at each paragraph as you need. But a good idea to read it all because you don't know what your missing and how much... Read more
Published 21 days ago by John Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product
Very good product and it is very easy to use and strong and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others
Published 1 month ago by alan
2.0 out of 5 stars Insufficient detail
I was disappointed with this book. I was a first time buyer and I bought it as I wanted to understand the buying process: I wanted a sort of timeline of what needs to happen when. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Wooding
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift.
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my son, I hope he will read it and get the hint.
Published 3 months ago by Back in the day
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful up to a point
Found this a very good book for what it covered but wish it had a little more sellers information beyond the point where you sign up with the agent, have viewings take place and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by RA
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable asset.
Excellent book. Pointed out all the things we'd forgotten about since our last move. Made us seriously question whether we really did want to up sticks.
Published 5 months ago by tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy Sell and Move House
WHICH books are always good value. Excellent and easy to follow guide to buying property. Points out what to watch out for before you buy. Recommended.
Published 8 months ago by r.polden
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
I bought this book because it was recommended by Which, but most of what it covered I already knew. Possibly better for a first time buyer.
Published 8 months ago by jampot
4.0 out of 5 stars Helped me in my recent move.
Advice contained in book was very useful and helped me.
The move still took rather a long time to complete but that was due to other parties involved.
Published 9 months ago by BigAl
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Buy,sell & move house
This is a very complete and helpful book. It is clearly written and I would recommend it to all interested people.
Published 10 months ago by Ruth Binns
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