In the Canadian market, single women now marginally outnumber single men when it comes to buying a home, and that trend is set to widen the gap to 55% of single women planning to buy vs. 45% of single men in the next two years. So what does a girl need to know about real estate before getting into the market? Where to look? Where to get financing? How to find an empathetic real estate agent. A good lawyer.As a single woman, what additional factors enter into the decision of where and what to buy? Topics include: o How to tell if you're ready to own your own home o What to look for in a house and a real estate agent o The offer, the deal, the closing and the aftermath o The dozens of little expenses that you might not be aware of before it's time to pay for them o What renovations to tackle yourself, and when it's time to call a pro o How to become a landlord--that is, if you really want to be one Aimed primarily at first-time buyers, Brenda Bouw takes readers through the entire process from start to finish and relates her own experiences in real estate -- the good, the bad, and everything in between. Other examples and personal stories from Canadian women from coast to coast reinforce the friendly and informative approach of Home Girl: The Single Woman's Guide to Buying Real Estate in Canada, and fills a niche in the Canadian real estate publishing landscape that has too long gone ignored.