Let Andrew Winter give you the inside scoop on what you really need to know to avoid the traps and pitfalls of the property market. With his varied and extensive experience as a real estate agent, property commentator and host of the Lifestyle Channel's Selling Houses Australia, Andrew provides expert advice on finding, buying and selling your home.
In this down-to-earth guide, Andrew takes readers through the essentials of the property market in Australia -- from how to win at an auction through to how to turn your house into a buyer's dream ... and everything in between! With his trademark humour and honesty Andrew also gives a behind-the scenes insight into how real estate agents think, and how to beat them at their own game. Insightful, fun and straight-talking, Andrew Winter's book is the essential guide for anyone buying or selling a home in Australia.
About the author v
Introduction: why I love houses ix
1 On your marks, get set ...
Are you ready to buy a home? 1
2 Pick me! Pick me!
Finding and buying your perfect home 15
3 Ugly duckling or swan?
Deciding whether a renovation project is for you 41
4 Shiny and new
Buying a new build 69
5 Trading up
Moving to a home with more 95
6 Buying to make money
The wild world of property investment 113
7 Ready or not
Are you really ready to sell your home? 141
8 Ready, set, GO!
Preparing your home for sale 155
9 The perfect match
Finding the right way to sell your home 179
10 Is the price right?
The art of accurate valuation 209
11 Sold! But which way?
Deciding on a method of sale 233
12 The dream home
What?s the agent looking for? 249
Final thoughts: the great Aussie dream 261