Kerry Greenwood’s latest crime novel is The Spotted Dog, featuring Corinna Chapman. She is the author behind the Phyrne Fisher books, which have been turned into TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Where do you live?
In Seddon, in Melbourne’s inner west, with three cats and my partner, David.
What property do you own?
Just the house I am living in.
What do you love most about your home?
It was my grandmother’s and it feels like home.
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Have you changed anything about your home?
Long ago, when the romance of putting buckets under a leaking roof began to pall, I invested in a new aluminium roof over the top of the rusty corrugated iron. It still keeps the rain off. I have recently put in a new fence and two new gates. The house itself is crumbling but is held up by bookcases and spells.
One more thing you’d change?
Level floors would be nice, although there is a certain something about having hyperbolic flooring. The cats are used to it now, and so are we.
How many homes have you ever lived in?
I’ve lived in five homes.
The most memorable?
My childhood home with my parents, opposite the Whitten Oval, in Footscray. I loved my parents and I loved that house.
Your first foot on the property ladder?
This house, which Grandma very kindly gave to me.
Are you a keen or reluctant property buyer?
Very reluctant. Growing up poor meant we all lived in deadly fear of debt. We have no debts. We prefer it that way.
How many homes have you ever bought and ever sold?
The highlights of your property journey?
Grandma’s generosity in giving me this house.
An insane landlady. She meant well, but she had no idea how to relate to her tenants and used to barge in on us and do our washing, whether we wanted her to or not. Eventually, we had to leave.
Best property advice you’ve heard?
Shut your ears when people tell you property never loses value. It can, and it does.
Worst property advice you’ve heard?
Exchange your own home for a gigantic pile of debt!
Any tips for homebuyers?
Pay it off as fast as you can.
Future property plans?
At some time in the future, I may look to acquire a modest hobbit hole!
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