Although addressed to the seller of a house -- Gaines contends that it's now a ""seller's market"" -- a buyer will also benefit by studying this explicit, exhaustive primer of the battle plans for residential real estate transactions. It's all here -- from a quick survey of how various brokers operate, through pricing, marketing, showing your property, finances, contracts, negotiations, and the mysteries of closing. There is an essential glossary, sample forms to pore over, self-help sheets for organizing your campaign, and section on condominiums, co-ops and pest control contracts. Gaines writes with crystal clarity for the average dodo and even supplies some snappy dialogue (""Seller: 'Hello' / Buyer: (""Hello. . . .'"") which while not crowding Noel Coward, makes its point. Information, straight as the escrow files -- an absolute necessity for the novice, whether or not you choose to use a broker.