- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Updated edition (22 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444790633
- ISBN-13: 978-1444790634
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Buy a House Paperback – 22 May 2014
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Fully updated edition of Kirstie and Phil's homebuying bible
About the Author
Kirstie Allsopp is the the co-presenter of Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation and star of Channel 4's Kirstie's Homemade Home, Kirstie's Handmade Britain and Kirstie's Vintage Home. Phil Spencer started his own property search firm in London in 1996, dedicated to looking after the interests of purchasers. Phil is the co-host of Location Location Location and Relocation Relocation.
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Top Customer Reviews
The strength of the book is that it has collected *all* the fundamentals in an easily accessible format. It is definitely not for the more experienced house-buyer, but for an infrequent reader about to buy a first home it could prove extremely useful.
I won't be buying it as I got through it in one night and after making a few notes didn't actually get that much from it. It covers the basics and is great if you know nothing about the process of buying a house. But after you've read it and have this knowledge I think you need further detail so I'll be searching the internet for more detailed guides.
I also got Phil Spencer's 'How to Buy your First Home' and this was loads better- lots of in-depth advice about the process.
It's mostly style over substance filled with nice photos and a really annoying magazine-style layout with bits of text scattered across the page in random segments. There's also some really garbage tips like 'Kirstie says, 'don't forget estate agents are human too, why not get them coffee on the way to your viewings from the nearest Starbucks...' or some such. Which she immediately admits is a stupid idea, as if everyone followed it, all estate agents would be bloated and caffeine crazed.
To be fair there are some useful bits and pieces, but a lot of it is either common sense or common courtesy. Lots of things are glossed over so it's unclear what happens between different stages.
I think you're better off getting the Adam Walker book of the same name. It's much better laid out with clear headings and practical advice that you can follow. This one is definitly best kept on the coffee table of your Clapham flat.
It's true that the book makes no warning that house prices can go both up, and down, but I think that they were correct to ommit it. The book is about buying a house, not the housing market in general. Over a year after it was published the book is very relevant, but any discussion of the housing market would be completely out of date.
It's true that the information could easily be condensed into fewer pages, but the design and layout is very good.
This book is very much a product of housing boom Britain. As you might expect it gives little mention of the very real possibility of a serious downturn in the housing market and the consequences of living with negative equity.
This is a good coffee table book that is snappily written and will no doubt help some people to take the plunge into property. However, if you are seriously considering buying a house I suggest you also get a more balanced view of the currently precarious housing market by doing your own research.
The book isn't as good as what i expected - I thought it would be loaded with tips, advice and many unknown things about properties.
Basically, all it covers are the things you should know. If you know absolutely nothing about properties buy it.
If not you'll know it all already so save your money it would be better put elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrific 'how to' guide filled with great little tips in digestible paragraphs. I was a total novice when it came to even entering an estate agents so this was invaluable. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Prospero77
I like the simplicity of the book! They explain how to buy a house and give simple (but very useful) advice which you can read in a couple or a few hours! Very good value!Published 14 months ago by Lucas Ribeiro
Not read this yet, which is why I have given 3 stars. I follow most of the programmes presented by Kirsty and Phil and would assume that this book is going to be very useful.Published 17 months ago by Mrs T.
Really good simple advice for the house buying process - from deciding what you're looking for to keeping your new house standing after you've bought it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just right for our daughter who is looking to buy her own home.Published 19 months ago by Mrs Sue Beeson
A good book that if you are a first time buyer is helpful and new to buying and selling. It explains the process that goes on with property and has helpful tips.Published 21 months ago by Laura Watts
I bought another book on buying houses but it is very detailed and I was getting confused so this book which is a little more straightforward in style and set out in a helpful... Read morePublished 23 months ago by K. Whittaker