Buying, Selling, Renovating, Building
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Answers all the questions people ask when they are buying, selling, building or renovating a home or an investment property.
Why are renovations booming? What is gazumping and is it legal? How long does it take to build a house? What is a reverse mortgage?
All the answers are here, in an easy-to-read Q+A format that clearly explains all the information you need to know before you buy, sell, renovate or build a home or investment property.
* why location, location, location is the golden rule
* whether to build, knock down or renovate
* what you don't get in a standard pre-purchase inspection report
* how to handle the bidding process at an auction
* how to become an intelligent investor.
Don't get burnt in the property game - have the knowledge and confidence to make the right decision on the biggest investment you may every make. Happy house hunting!
Harvey Grennan has worked in journalism and corporate and political media relations for 40 years. He has bought, sold and developed properties all his life and worked briefly as a real estate agent. He is currently a writer on real estate and local government with The Sydney Morning Herald.
Dominic Ogburn is an independent building consultant with Sydney-based firm Access Property Services P/L, and the bane of developers and insurance companies who try to dodge their responsibilities to home owners. He has been a builder and project manager and is an expert witness in building disputes, an adviser on national building standards and the author of an Internet course for owner-builders.
Table Of Contents:
Section 1: Buying your property
1 Selecting a home
2 Buying an investment property
3 Pre-purchase inspections
4 Making an offer and bidding at auction
Section 2: Building or renovating
5 To build, knock down or renovate?
6 Selecting the right builder or architect
8 Contracts and variations
9 Getting problems fixed in new units
Section 3: Legals, finance and insurance
11 Organising your finance
Section 4: Selling your property
13 Auction or private treaty?
14 Choosing an agent
15 Advertising and presentation
Contacts, websites and further resources
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Home renovation & extension