Introduction. Part I: The Great Australian Dream. Chapter 1: Assessing the Dream: Buying Property. Chapter 2: Squeezing Your Foot onto the Property Ladder. Chapter 3: The Position or the Property. Chapter 4: Dealing with Property Professionals. Part II: Finding Your Dream Home. Chapter 5: The Search Is On. Chapter 6: Buying a Piece of History. Chapter 7: Renovator?s Dream (or Nightmare). Chapter 8: Nice and New. Chapter 9: Building from Scratch. Part III: Borrowing For, Buying and Protecting Your Home. Chapter 10: Climbing Aboard the Mortgage Merry-Go-Round. Chapter 11: Going, Going, Gone: Buying at Auction. Chapter 12: Making an Offer: Buying Through a Private Treaty Sale. Chapter 13: Sold to the Highest Bidder! Now What? Part IV: The Part of Tens. Chapter 14: Ten Things to Remember as a First Home Buyer. Chapter 15: Ten Areas (Almost!) to Check at Open Homes. Index.
Karin Derkley is the former deputy editor of Personal Investor magazine, and continues to write for The Age and AFR Smart Investor magazine. She has also lived through the pleasures and pitfalls of purchasing and renovating her own home.