This volume is part of a series of guides on different aspects of personal finance, from running a business or choosing a pension to investing in shares. They contain case studies and worked examples, together with practical ideas and advice. This guide aims to assist the reader through the entire process of buying or selling a house or flat. It covers the financial side of housebuying, including the sort of costs which can be expected and how best to borrow money, explains the role of estate agents and solicitors, and gives tips on what to look for when inspecting properties. Richard Newell is a specialist personal finance writer who contributes to a number of financial magazines including "Investment Adviser" and "Family Wealth".