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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; UK Edition edition (23 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764570277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764570278
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,166,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The latest must read property title to hit the shelves…" (Perfect Home, April 2004)

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Includes advice for buyers and sellers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Move in or move out with the minimum of effort and expense

Whether you′re trying to get a foot on the property ladder or looking to trade up, this friendly guide covers every aspect of the UK property market. From arranging finance and finding the right property to marketing your home and negotiating the right price, property expert Melanie Bien offers all the advice you need to make buying or selling your home as straightforward and pain–free as possible – whatever your situation.

Discover how to:

  • Take the pain out of the paperwork
  • Negotiate like a professional
  • Get the most from your estate agent
  • Buy a property at auction
  • Renovate a wreck – for profit

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Drew from Dorset on 3 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
The first two chapters seemed a bit repetitive, but after that it settled down into an easy read on all aspects. Very easy going, sections are good for skipping the bits not relevant to you (e.g there are two chapters on differences in buying/selling in Scotland compared to the rest of the UK, you can just skip if not relevant).

If you've moved 20 times before then there's probably not much here for you, but if you're not familiar with the process or terminology of moving, then this book gives a good explanation.

This book is not - and does not claim to be - an indepth detail of every single aspect of house buying, but it is a good overview with sufficient detail to help you get going with the process. It also makes good use of links to other sources of information, e.g. regulating bodies for estate agents.

One final thing to consider: buying a house is an expensive process. One mistake could easily cost you a few thousand (or even getting gazumped - through no fault of your own - could cost you a few hundred). If just one of the tips in the approx. 350 pages of this book help prevent you from wasting money, then it will of paid for itself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this book incredibly useful. It really does cover everything that you should think about when buying and selling your home and does so in a really clear way. It makes you think about what you really want in a new house, gives good tips on dealing with Estate Agents (I needed all the help I could get with that one!), takes you through the buying and selling process step by step and even advises you on deciding when is the right time to see your home. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Ratcliffe on 20 April 2010
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Great reference book for buying and selling property. Some sections you don't need to read, depending on individual circumstances, and some advice is probably common sense, but great for getting an overall understanding of buying and selling.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Walker on 8 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is written in the first person which is actually quite grating. The format is as expected - in the usual computer manual style. Ultimately, I found it very prosaic - there is so much potential in a book with this title. For example, the role and growth of online property portals is only briefly touched on, and the section on selling privately is weak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mummydoc on 8 Oct. 2009
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Very good and simple guide which helped this dummy to navigate the process of buying a house. Simple to dip in and out off for the relevant information pertinant to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna B. Gotz on 30 Jan. 2013
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This book does what it says on the 'tin', i.e. the cover page, and is a great introduction to what you will take on when buying or selling your property. I can only recommend it. My only minor concern is that some of the information about mortgage products was not correct, but then things are changing rapidly at the moment so do not let this put you off. The book is helpful and useful. It provides an overview and ensures that you will have realistic expectations about what to expect.
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