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South of 49: The Canadian Guide to Buying Residential Real Estate in the United States [Hardcover]

Philip McKernan , Dan Sampson , Mike Cunning
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Oct. 8 2009
"South of 49 is a must-read for anyone wanting to buy real estate in the United States. This groundbreaking book is jammed full of practical information that will ensure you avoid all the potential pitfalls."
Les Hewitt, author of The Power of Focus

"When buying real estate anywhere in the world, one must know all the facts and go in with eyes wide open. Before you even consider buying outside of Canada, know the realities by reading this book and learn from others' mistakes."
Don R. Campbell, best-selling author of Real Estate Investing in Canada

"For any Canadian, buying real estate in the US can be the best decision you ever make, or the worst mistake you'll never forget. Philip's the real deal-an international investor who speaks from experience. This book will teach you how to make a great deal, reduce your risk and enjoy the journey along the way."
Greg Habstritt, founder of SimpleWealth

From the Introduction:

Whether it's a lifestyle purchase or an investment, there are many factors about buying US property that many Canadian buyers understandably find confusing, or they overlook. Add to that the complexities of the new foreclosure-driven buyers' market, and buying a US property could be a recipe for disaster if you don't do your homework.

That's where South of 49 comes in. This book is about more than just tax advice and buying tips. We take you through all of the real-life considerations when buying down south, from travel time and immigration rules to making sure the home or condo you buy actually fits your investment goals. We will also help you answer one very important question when considering such a purchase: Why? Why should you buy a place and not just rent? Why should you buy in Florida instead of California, for example? The answers? It all depends. It depends on you, your individual circumstances and your goals. This book will help you think through these decisions before you make them.

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Are you thinking about buying property in the United States? What has triggered your interest? Plans to retire and live in a Sunbelt state? Or perhaps you invest in Canadian real estate and are looking at the US market as a viable way to grow your portfolio.

In either case, you're not alone. Canadians are buying US properties at unprecedented rates. It's hard to turn your back on what appear to be deals of the century. But are they?

South of 49 is a step-by-step guide to purchasing real estate in the US. The authors-Philip McKernan, Dan Sampson and Mike Cunning-combine years of investment expertise to provide the most comprehensive and authoritative book on the subject for the Canadian investor. They traveled to those US states that are the destination points for most Canadians. They met with realtors, lenders, property managers, and investors to collect expert insight into the do's and don'ts of buying property in the US. Here are just some of the things you'll learn about:

  • Setting up a game plan: what are your goals?
  • The differences between US and Canadian real estate law, financing and tax
  • How to decide where to look for property
  • How to evaluate property with potential for cash flow and equity growth
  • How to set up a team of experts in the town where you want to buy
  • Financing strategies
  • Negotiating for and closing on a property

Buying property in the US can pose all sorts of unexpected challenges and pitfalls. Rely on South of 49 to find a property that meets your budget, in an area where the economic fundamentals are strong and offer equity growth for the long term. And if you do plan to spend part of your retirement in the US, you may just find that your investment strategy and retirement strategy are mutually served by investing now and having the property pay for itself.

About the Author

Philip McKernan (Vancouver, BC) is Irish-born and has traveled the world following business pursuits. Now based in Canada, he is founder and president of the real estate investment company Maple Leaf Property. He is also an in-demand speaker at various international real estate and investment forums, where he speaks to achieving personal and business goals using real estate as the primary asset class to generate long-term wealth. His investment portfolio includes properties in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Finland, South Africa and North America. Philip has been quoted in the press on both sides of the Atlantic on matters related to international real estate. For more information about Philip, real estate mentoring and events, see

Dan Sampson (Vancouver, BC) and Mike Cunning (Vancouver, BC) bring a wealth of real estate knowledge to South of 49. Their combined expertise includes urban planning, building and renovation, and property conversion and management. Their investment portfolio includes both commercial and residential properties. They are experts in property analysis, proper due diligence, assembling teams of experts-lenders, lawyers and realtors-strategic financing, and negotiating and closing purchases and sales.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars South of 49 Jan. 23 2011
This book could (and should) be no more than 30 pages long. Most, if not all, of the useful information was pulled off websites or other books. The rest is detailed info about conversations the character Ted had on his trips to the states - and convincing his wife to come. Ted talks about the line up at the airport, the drive in a taxi (and everything it passed), and going to watch a basketball game in Phoenix. He also goes on and on about his daughter and what she want's to do while in the states, which would be great if this wasn't a book about buying property. If you know NOTHING about real-estate (like the character Ted) and prefer long drawn-out stories -> this is YOUR book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like the story-telling Feb. 23 2011
By Angie
I would have preferred more facts, and less storytelling. I was really disappointed in this book, and would not recommend it to anyone looking into buying real estate in the States. There has to better books with more concise information than this!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It would have to take an Irish guy to fill what seems like a very obvious gap in the market - advice to Canadians on buying residential real estate in the U.S. The book is very easy to read as it's done in a story format, with very useful and relevant information interspersed throughout. The author has wisely tapped into the knowledge of experienced investors to pass on their wisdom. With the US dollar weakening in relation to the Loonie, many Canadians are looking at the U.S real estate market as a great investment opportunity - but there are many mistakes that can be made, as this books points out. More importantly, it shows insightful ways to avoid making these mistakes. Great resource for beginner and experienced investors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 10 2011
Little, if any, specific information about what to what out for, etc. To me, the things investors want to know are how should I own the property, how does the way I own affect my taxes and tax filing requirements, what do I need to know about US estate tax, and US withholding taxes.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking of Buying in the US? READ THIS BOOK! March 9 2010
By J. A. Broad TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book wastes no time in cutting right to the heart of the issue many Canadians have when it comes to buying property South of the border and that is they do it on a whim. It's an emotional purchase. Driven by the feeling that property is "on sale" or the emotional feeling they get on vacation in Florida or some other emotional reaction that isn't based on a plan or solid, rational thinking. And the reality is that buying in the US is a lot more complicated than it looks. And if you buy site unseen or hire any old real estate broker then you could be buying yourself a big problem.

But the book doesn't illustrate this with facts or figures. It does it with the story of a guy who nearly buys a house that has more or less been destroyed through the foreclosure process. And then it takes you through his story as he regroups and learns everything he needs to know to make a good quality and well informed decision for his US purchase.

Taking you through his journey you really learn without feeling like you're working hard to get the important facts.

There is a lot more involved in buying in the US than I realized and I am very grateful I read this book before even taking a trip to look at potential property.

If you are considering buying in the US then you'll enjoy and appreciate this book!! It's a great read!! I think it's VERY important to note, however, that this book is NOT a HOW TO BOOK.

After you're done reading this story (because it's a fictional story of a character considering buying in the US) you won't have the HOW TO details. It will, however, give you some really good questions to ask yourself and provide you with some important direction in terms of figuring out what your goal for buying US property is and where you should be looking in terms of markets that will be a good fit for you!

PLUS - all the proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to a great cause as well!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Dec 27 2011
As noted by another reviewer, no real new content here. Spending 20 minutes with Google will get you more. The simplistic story line doesn't help in learning about the subject. Was expecting to get some useful, new info, not the same old basic info that is repeated many times on the Net.
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