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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Aug. 2 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470964715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470964712
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Is that it? Is the Canadian real estate boom finally ending? Aftera long-running boom in the real estate market, many involved in therealm of Canadian real estate expect to see a period of slowergrowth or declining values, but this doesn't mean that investorsnecessarily need to cool their heels, sell everything or go on abuying spree. The reality is that all real estate markets aroundthe world operate on a cycle, from Boom to Slump, Slump toRecovery, and from Recovery back Boom. The key for investors is tobe able to identify exactly where in the real estate cycle theirtarget area is and how to take advantage of this knowledge, asthere is money to be made in all of the phases.

The real estate cycle has been in existence for a long time yetmany investors have little understanding of how it materiallyimpacts real estate over time. An entire real estate cycle cantypically take a decade or more to complete, which can explain whymany home buyers and investors fail to recognize that there is acycle to it all. But once you understand the cycle and what drivesit, you become empowered to use your knowledge of the cycle to youradvantage. During the specific phases of the real estate cyclethere are "cyclically sensible" actions that wise investors take,and other actions they avoid, because they are not "cyclicallysensible." Another key element of the cycle is the availablity offinancing, which is directly related to the phases of thecycle.

Written by a team of investment professionals that includes DonR Campbell, Canada's top-selling real estate author; Keiran Trass,a leading international expert on real estate cycles; Greg Head, aCanadian investment specialist; and writer and real estateenterpreneur Christine Ruptash, you'll learn about the key factorsthat drive cycles, and those that have lesser impact, to enable youto assess your local market and decide which investment tacticswill produce the best results for you.

Complete with charts, checklists, and real-life stories,Secrets of the Canadian Real Estate Cycle is anindispensable guide that will teach you how to become a strategicinvestor and profit in every market.

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Learn to Become a Strategic Real Estate Investor and Profitin Any Market

Every day it seems as though the media has a different story totell about the real estate market. Is the market going to boom? Arevalues inflated and unsustainable, so a correction is inevitable?Are we in a buyer’s market or a seller’s market?

If the lack of any clear direction has your head spinning, thennow is the time to read Secrets of the Canadian Real EstateCycle. With full-on analysis and exacting detail, this bookaddresses the fundamentals of the real estate cycle. Investmentexperts Don R. Campbell, Kieran Trass and Greg Head havecollaborated with Christine Ruptash to produce this comprehensiveguide to understanding the market cycle in your target area andwhich investment tactics to use to maximize profit in your currentinvestments and strategically invest for portfolio growth.

Praise for Secrets of the Canadian Real EstateCycle

“Wow! What a great book. I have lived and worked in manyCanadian provinces and developed, built and sold more than $100million of real estate in this great country—and this bookmakes me feel like an amateur!” –Brian Tracy, Author ofNo Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline andReinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of YourLife

“This book is a game changer—it completely shiftedmy way of thinking! If you are at all considering real estate as aninvestment vehicle, or if you are a long-term investor—infact, especially if you are a long-term investor—this book isa must read.” –Jim Sicotte, Canadian real estateinvestor

“As soon as I read the first chapter, I knew this wouldwant to be read and re-read by every real estate investor. Thisbook teaches you about the real estate cycle and providesinvaluable tools that enable you to evaluate any market at anytime.” –Peter Kinch, Real estate entrepreneur andfinancing expert

“I’ve been a real estate lawyer for 35 yearsfocusing on the investment side. This book is an invaluable toolfor any real estate investor who’s trying to understand howthe market really works. I will be recommending it to all myclients, whether they are experienced or just starting out.”–Barry McGuire, Real estate lawyer, author and investor

“As an investor and developer, The Secrets of theCanadian Real Estate Cycle provides a vital guideline to makecritical investing decisions.” –Rob Haberman, Realestate investor/developer

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Chou on Sept. 23 2011
Format: Hardcover
My name is Kevin Chou. I am a real estate investor. This book "Secrets of the Canadian Real Estate Cycle" is the BEST Real Estate Investment Tool I've ever had. If you are interested in investing in Real Estate in Canada or already a real estate investor, it's a MUST-Read and MUST-Use Tool for you. It's not just a book that you will forget after you read, it's a book that will take you to a higher level of real estate investment. Read it, follow it and use it, and you will need it for all your real estate investment. I'll like to say "Thank you" to all the authors who wrote this book, Mr.Don R. Campbell, Mr. Greg Head, Mr. Kieran Trass and Ms. Christine Ruptash, for sharing all your precious investment experience.Secrets of the Canadian Real Estate Cycle: An Investor's Guide
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kopilas on Aug. 30 2011
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The crème de la crème.

If you''re a real estate investor or even remotely involved with real estate in any way you gotta get this book. This book will give you the knowledge about the specific drivers and influencers of the real estate market. There are specific examples for the Calgary and GTA markets so you get the complete picture of the history of real estate prices in these areas with the data displayed with graphs and charts. There are also a few examples of how just knowing a few market drivers can enable you to prepare for the next trend in the cycle.

This is one of the few books that I''ll be referring to more than once.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JulzB TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 8 2011
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One of the challenges we face as Canadian Real Estate Investors is getting good Canadian investment information. So many things (books, courses, gurus) come from the US and they just make some small adjustments to Canadian-ize it ... but it's not good quality Canadian information with strategies specific to our market. This book is written by Canadians for Canadians ...AND even cooler than that it's jam packed with strategies, tactics and bonus downloads to help you become a strategic investor in your Canadian Market.

I love the work by Kieran Trass (I've written a review on one of his books - which is one of the only books I reread on a regular basis). Understanding real estate cycles and what REALLY drives real estate markets in an area is critical to the success of an investor. It also helps you stay sane while the media throws crazy boom and bust headlines at you - at all phases of a market cycle. :)

This book gives an overview of Kieran's research which is good but what I like about this book is it takes the work of Kieran's research and dives in further reviewing specific tactics and strategies to use at each phase.

You an pick up this book and use one of the handy market specific tables to find out what's happening in Calgary (for example, they also specifically talk about Toronto & give you plenty of resources to use to figure out your specific market) and how to read it's drivers (everything from Vacancy rates to rents to listings). You then can figure out whether it's in the middle of recovery or the end of a boom. THEN once you know where it is on the cycle you can read the details in the book about what kind of strategies you should be using to protect or maximize your potential returns as an investor based on where it is in the cycle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leif D. Andersen on March 12 2012
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This is a great book for both new and seasoned real estate investors. It really helps to take the emotion out of the decision of if and where to invest by looking at what is driving the market and where the market is going. I really enjoyed the in depth analysis that the book covers and it allowed me to understand how to better understand the cycles that all different markets go through.

The in depth analysis that the authors have done for both Calgary and Toronto was extremely helpful in understanding what the markets are doing. With this book, you can take the information and help to understand what any different market is doing. As with anything, look behind the curtain to see what the market drivers are telling you. Are there jobs being created? Temporary or full time? Are they going to be permanent?

With a good understanding of this book, you should be able to better prepare to make money in ANY cycle that the market is in. They will just require different strategies.

We look forward to another book from these authors!
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