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on July 30, 2006
To use Don R Campbell's own words "What's behind the curtain?". This is the first book I have read about real estate investments and I did find it somewhat informative. It provides good common sense for researching properties, areas, negotiations. It did also provide allot of positive enthusiasm and confidence...a bit like a self help book would provide.

But the content seems superficial, there is no details on how to raise capital. ex: We get the impression Richard is flat broke yet he has the cash to buy an investment property!?!?!?! What is the minimum required capital required for investment property compared to personal property? How do we nogotiate with the real estate agent as compared to the seller, which I would assume would be the case most times.

Going to the asssociated web sight was the biggest disappointment. The first impression is buyer beware. Internet marketing at its most agressive. Leaves me wondering where did they actually make there money, on real estate or on selling the hype and other products?

Either way the book did have allot of good information to encourage me in studying more about Real Estate Investments. I would recommend to anybody who wants to consider this type of investment with a strong caution of "BEWARE - WHAT'S BEHIND THE CURTAIN"
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on March 3, 2006
Be aware that this book is written buy the leader The Real Estate Investment Network (REIN), the real estate equivalent of Amway. Although a small amount of unique information is included in the book and on the Website, you must pay more money to get the "good" stuff. But Buyer Beware! Their motto is no hype and baloney but, in fact, that is what most of the Website is, hype about the product. It is the circle that feeds itself. The website insists you to go to the seminars, join the club, etc .... And then the seminar speakers encourage you buy the product, join the club in order to access the Website, which then tells you to go to more seminars... and so it goes. A big web of self promotion, with the leaders at the top getting extremely rich off of all the "would be" real estate investors.
I myself am a veteran RE Investor and have attended some of the REIN events. Although real estate investing is not difficult, it is not easy and not for everyone (as the author would have you beleive). It takes more then a dream of Belize and a desire to be rich. You need to have a passion for the business. It needs to excite you, be something that you want to do for many years. No one loves talking about real estate more then real estate investors. If you make a small effort to get to know a few you will learn all this information and more for free.
I am suspicious of some of the other reviwers as this auther has a very dedicated "flock" who I am sure have posted reviews here. It would make sense that they would give the book a good review even if it was awfull as this will encourage more people to come to the seminars and buy the products that are sold by the elite members.
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on May 29, 2005
My portfolio includes various cash positive real estate properties as well as businesses. I found this book to be excellent information that I have already found useful. I recommend this book highly to anyone interested in real estate. I also recommend another book I just completed called Stop Working by Rohan Hall which focus on the entrepreneural side of things. Both books are excellent for anyone serious about wealth.
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on February 16, 2006
There is useful information between the covers of this book; unfortunately, most is buried within the context of conversations with the author, his friends and his "student". I did not like this style of writing at all and found it frustrating, at best; almost like reading a poorly written novel with truly inane dialog about skipping stones across a lake and farming, two give just two examples. If you can get by this (and it is clear most previous reviewers have), the information available is useful, but still incomplete.
For instance, the treatment of holding three investment properties when approaching lenders was informative. But since CMHC requires such large down payments on investment property, I would have liked to have read how we are expected to raise this capital. I would also like to have seen more on the fees and processes used by CMHC when investing in second or third properties.
Since there are also many differences between American tax law and real estate law and because we are inundated with so much of this American information, it would have been nice to see at least a chapter on these differences and how what we think may work in Canada won't, because of these differences.
Finally, buyers of this book gain access to the author's website. You should realize, however, that while there is some useful information there, its main purpose would seem geared to selling you a fairly expensive investing program. (I suspect this is how the author can finance his investments!)
This book is a good start, but the serious investor will need to consult other sources to gain a clearer picture of investing in Canadian real estate.
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on June 18, 2016
Very good book on real estate investing in Canada. Making large investments requires knowledge. This book along with the help of Jeevan at [...] will help you reach success quick investing in real estate anywhere in the world.
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on March 23, 2012
This is a truly amazing piece of work. It helps you to invest in real estate not by luck or gambling but in a systematic way. Some of the guidelines in this book such as identifyIng a property gold mine and what lenders look for are great advice. I'm rerading parts to fully comprehend it and applying all of the advice.
It takes out all of the emotions and guess work from real estat investing and is practical to Canada.
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on July 7, 2006
Quite a bit of information is given in this book about real estate investing but as other customer reviewers have pointed out, there really isn't too much "Canadian specific" content, it's too vague. Out of the other 7 or 8 real estate books I've read, this one pretty much just summarizes them and puts a bit of Canadian flavour into it but does not hone in on specific points and precise differences.

A lot of the material is also hype and dreams (i.e., the personal Belize) to whet your appetite. Much of it is also hard to believe (like the single mother working a less-than-average-paying job who managed to buy 27 properties in the last 3 years).

Lots of points are covered and his checklists are quite useful but I don't think he goes into enough detail. Also, he refers to his website quite often (which hasn't been updated for 2 years now) and much of it requires registration for a small fee.

I wasn't too thrilled overall, 2 out of 5 stars at best. I'm currently reading "Making Money in Real Estate: The Canadian Guide to Investing in Residential Property" by Douglas Gray and it seems to be so much better already.
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on February 1, 2010
97 Tips for Canadian Real Estate InvestorsI recently purchased three different authors to gain additional buy/hold insights for investing in Canada. I found the Don Campbell's books to be very practical and easy to read. I particularly enjoyed the 97 tips. The tax recommendations are recent and applicable to our market vs the States. When you purchase one of his book, the money is donated to Habitat for Humanity. If you are new and want to hit the ground running in real estate investment, his books are an excellent source of information with sound advices.
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on July 21, 2005
As a veteren Real Estate investor with over 47 transactions I was not sure if I could learn anything from this book... boy was I wrong...
Starting right from the beginning this book was loaded with insightful information on the Canadian Real Estate Market.
It was refreshing to have a Real Estate investing book written by a Canadian someone who knows what he is talking about. I have read many books on Real Estate and this one was head and sholders above everything else.. a must read for everyone who is either interested in or is a seasoned Real Estate investor
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on July 21, 2005
Rarely, do I ever read a book from cover to cover, and usually I am very sceptical about things... but I can honestly say Real Estate Investing in Canada by Don Campbell was one of the most practical information loaded books that I have ever read.
From start to finish this book was loaded with 'meat & potatoes' I finished the book over this past weekend and I may read it again.
As a vetren Real Estate investor, I found at least 5 new things that I can implement tomorrow and especially the section starting on page #37 talking about the fundamentals of Real Estate, I found this section invaluable.
thanks for writting this book
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