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Don't Buy Your Retirement Home Without Me!


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About the author ix Introduction xi Part I: The retirement living industry 1 1 The evolution of retirement living in Australia 3 2 What is a retirement village ? in legislation and practice? 11 Part II: Assessing your options 21 3 Working out what you want 23 4 Choosing a location 31 5 Affordability 39 Part III: Doing your research 45 6 Retirement home research 47 7 Types of retirement accommodation 57 8 Retirement village operators 61 9 Retirement home purchase arrangements 67 10 Investing in the retirement living sector 77 Part IV: Analysing your research 83 11 Fees and charges 85 12 Analysis and evaluation 99 13 Capital growth 119 14 Buying off the plan 129 Part V: The purchase 135 15 Selling your home 137 16 Contract time! 145 17 Negotiating tips and key contract terms 153 Part VI: Living and leaving 169 18 The big move! 171 19 Assimilating into village life 177 20 Links and resources 195 21 The final word 209 Appendix A: Preference questionnaire 211 Appendix B: Individual village questionnaire 217 Appendix C: Research comparison worksheet 221 Appendix D: Moving house checklist 229 Appendix E: Change of address checklist 233 Glossary 235 Index 241

About the Author

Richard Andrews is Australia's leading expert on retirement communities and the founder of Find My Retirement Home (, a company that acts as an independent adviser and buyer's agent for retirees wanting to purchase a retirement home.

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