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on July 9, 2010
Greg Habstritt''s first book, The RRSP Secret, makes a significant contribution in the realm of personal finance in Canada.

This is not a novel, so I''ll give away the secret: the subject matter deals with investing in Arm''s Length Mortgages. "'Why do you think the biggest financial institutions rely on mortgage financing as their bread-and-butter business? It''s because it is so profitable!"' (70) Sophisticated investors have long used this strategy in their personal portfolios. Greg shows readers how almost anyone can.

Greg describes arm''s length mortgage investing as: stable and predictable; able to consistently produce double-digit returns with controllable risk; not requiring payment of commissions/fees to advisors/''experts''; virtually immune to what markets are doing; and 100% eligible for your RRSP, RESP, RRIF, TFSA, and LIRA. (69)

The Introduction suitably sets the stage and provides a personal connection with the author. Many Free Bonuses are available by registering yourself as an owner of the book on Greg''s [...] website (which also adds you to his growing database and impressive marketing machine).

Part 1, What the Financial Industry Doesn''t Want You To Know, is extraordinarily informative, readable, and intentionally disturbing.

Most readers will recognize themselves in a chapter devoted to investor bias. "'Any time you invest in something you don''t understand, you're gambling, not investing."' (7) Habstritt believes that 'a direct indicator of how successful you will be in life (not just financially) is based on your willingness to be accountable for your results.' (9)

In this section Habstritt reveals how the financial industry really works and how the government uses RRSPs to generate tax revenues. He uncovers the unfortunate truth about the limited availability of truly unbiased financial advice, and turns some well-worn ''truisms'' on their head. By way of example, here's what Warren Buffet has to say about diversification: "'Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing.'" (43)

In Part 2, The Best-Kept Investing Secret for Canadians, Habstritt tackles the task of describing mortgage investing step-by-step, including finding and evaluating opportunities, setting terms, and managing risk. This section, while packed with information, is somewhat less readable.

One of Habstritt''s challenges is that he's addressing two audiences: lenders and borrowers. Happily, the end result is a balanced presentation useful for any party willing and able to sort through the comprehensive detail provided.

If you''re wondering if this book is for you, simply start at the back and read the short section entitled Conclusions, where Greg explains why he wrote it and shares two third-party success stories. I recommend Greg Habstritt''s The RRSP Secret to anyone willing to learn and employ one simple strategy to strengthen their financial future.
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on June 24, 2010
This book is great for anyone who wants to educate themselves more about investing their money in an easy to understand format and very informative way. It opened my eyes to what is behind the curtain in the financial industry. My result, I will not just hand over my money to a so called expert and hope for the best.
It's also a fantastic read for real estate investors who want to know another way to borrow funds.

Greg's main strategy in this book is arms length mortgages: he details the pros and cons, gives step by step how-to details, shows win-win situations for the borrower and the lender and the best ways to protect each party in different situations.

I could go on and on because there is so much great information in this book. You are doing yourself a great service by reading this book. I am very grateful to have read it.
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on June 9, 2010
I have been a real estate investor for a few years and had been hearing about RRSP second mortgages as an advanced strategy. The RRSP Secret has helped me to see RRSPs for what they really are and can be and the incredible value inherent in them if used the right way. This book answered questions I had about the what, where, and why but most importantly, the HOW. Since reading the book I have been able to get one RRSP second from an investor on my own revenue property. I was able to do it with confidence and knowledge in a way that gave my investor confidence in me and the investment. I plan to give this book to potential investors who have RRSPs that are currently underperforming for them. I have moved my own RRSPs into a self-directed account to enable me to take advantage of the strategies in this book.

The RRSP Secret is well written, clear, and informative. The extras are true value added. The topic is well researched and it is obvious that the author is not only an expert on the issues, but is personally invested in this area lending credibility to his perspective. I am thankful I took a chance and ordered this book. I almost feel sorry for the financial industry built on misled and trusting Canadians.
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on July 1, 2013
This book has been a real eye-opener. I now know that I should be in control of my own financial destiny. Many of us blindly allow "financial advisors" to lead us to products that suit the profits of the financial industry and really we don't have a chance with MER fees and sales charges which they get whether or not they make our funds any money. My husband and I have an average rate of return over the past 20 months of 0.82%, but our fund managers have made an average of 2.75%. We keep up the charade that the piddling amounts in our RRSP's are actually going to give us a decent retirement income when in our hearts we know that won't happen.
I am one of the millions of people that dreads getting the twice yearly statements because the picture is one of small gains and large fees( MER's are deducted automatically and are not shown on the statement - I knew this but somehow thought that's what we all have to put up with - WRONG !)
Do yourself a favour and grab a copy of this book, the strategies are not rocket science, they are legal and are overseen by the CRA. I have to let my financial advisor know in the next week or two that I will be changing to self-directed RRSP's he won't like it and I remember that this is my money, my future and I finally have hope that I can build a decent retirement pot for myself.
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on March 22, 2012
I don't think it's possible to write a better book than this one. It is by far the best information on RRSP's you'll find anywhere out there, in my opinion. A very easy read and it will leave you telling all your friends about it!
Thanks Greg
Gary Waddleton
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on June 10, 2010
The book clearly explains how this strategy works and all the detailed steps on how to do it.
As an investor, this strategy offers tips on how to maximize your investments and how to best to protect it.
As someone looking at RRSP money to finance your next deal, this book will explain 1-what to expect in the market place 2-all of the benefit of this strategy (win-win for everyone) 3-tips on how to set it up so you and your investors are best protected.
This is a book that will not sit on your shelve as you will go back to constantly refer to it.
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on February 2, 2013
I own 10 properties and I was interested in doing second mortgages through my RRSP to others. Hard to find too many books on this subject, but I thought this one was well written.

It has given me the confidence to attempt these strategies in the next few years! Even if one gets a few new investing ideas from this book like I did, I found it to be very decent value!
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on June 26, 2012
Excellent resource on the pitfalls of investing with traditional "financial advisors" and on how to create solid returns through arm's length mortgages. One thing I would have liked the author to touch on is investing RRSP via arm's length mortgages through syndicate mortgage products like those offered by Fortress Real Capital. Overall though, it's a great read.
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on June 12, 2010
I have been looking for a book like this for years, thank you!

The RRSP Secret is a very thorough and enlightening guide to putting your RRSPs to work in ways that put YOU in control, while earning 12-14% returns, on an investment secured by real estate.

The Q&A section at the back is really useful, and addresses many common and not-so-common questions about using the strategies described in the book. Also, the companion web sites contain many invaluable tools to enable those with RRSPs to move forward with the strategies.

The book also goes into the potential downside of this kind of investing, and keeps reminding readers to seek legal counsel, and make sure that they do their due diligence before taking action. You have to know the rules to play the game properly, and have the players in place on your team, to maximize returns and minimize the downside.

A must read for Canadians who are tired of getting lackluster returns, and want to take control of their RRSPs, and other registered investment vehicles.

After reading this book, I am ready to tap into some dead capital, and put it to work making me and my partners consistent, double-digit returns - MUCH better than the 1% a year you can get at the banks, or hoping for strong returns from the stock market.
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on January 18, 2013
This book contains an excellent explanation of how to invest your RRSP in mortgages.
Most people haven't heard of this, so this book was needed to take this investment out of the shade and into the mainstream.
I bought many of these -- I have been using them as gifts for my clients.
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