This differs from the run-of-the-mill book on how to acquire a house, in that it never sentimentalizes, never veers from a matter of fact, practical, realistic approach of bare bone whens, whys, hows, and wherees. First- how to make sure of what you want, whether you want it. Test yourself. Next- can you afford it; this with pros and cons of different methods of financing, and their relation to budget and income, past, present, predictable future. Next- selection (this overlaps numerous other books in the field, but the information is sound and important). The pros and cons again, diagrammed for the visual mind. Legal matters and procedure, decisions relating to materials and equipment, where to out corners and where to look at it as an investment. There's important aid on contractors' contracts, good advice on the use of an architect. An excellent book for the homebuilder's reference shelf and libraries.