This differs from the recent- influx of books on part time farming, or country living as a way of life, or others of that genre, since- while giving recognition to hit own allegiance to the Robinson's ""Have More Plan"" -- the book is avowedly written for ordinary folks with families, responsibilities, jobs, moderate savings, and a desire to in the country. Much of his material has been done elsewhere- advice on knowing what want and need, what you can afford, where you want to be, what sort of place you are . The sections devoted to judging values of house and land, while excellent and inclusive, are also to be found elsewhere. But I know of no other book of the that gives such specific and sound information to aid the property seeker in estimating costs, remodelling possibilities and expenses, etc. Excellent data on mortgages, -- the most for the least (including pros and cons of FHA, GI loans, and other new angles). final section charts the 25 sources of trouble to weigh before buying. Down to earth commonsense handbook.