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Greater Fool: The Troubled Future of Real Estate Paperback – Mar 17 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books (March 17 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554701082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554701087
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

GARTH TURNER is a former Member of Parliament and a bestselling author, syndicated columnist, business editor and radio and TV personality. His books include Greater Fool: The Troubled Future of Real Estate; 2015: After the Boom, The Strategy, The Defence and 2020: New Rules for the New Age. Currently he is heard in person by more than a hundred thousand Canadians at 700 lectures and seminars across the country.


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Format: Paperback
Just finished Garth's book.

It is a must-have if you are either about to invest in real estate or if you have been led to believe that us (good Canadians) won't go through what happened in the US real estate market.

As it often happens, Garth has to guts to speak up (a rare quality.) In this case, he will tell you why the real estate party is pretty much over, despite what some real estate promoters are trying to make you believe.

The book is well written, never boring and contains some good jokes whether they were all intended or not. Bottom line: a solid read.

Give yourself a deeper perspective before to sign that mortgage and buy this book. Maybe you will still go ahead but you won't be as easy to fleece as you might have been before reading this book.
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A good reality check for any Canadians planning to take out a home mortgage in the near future. I read it cover to cover in 2 days, I couldn't put it down. Easy to follow and he backs up his predictions and warnings with compelling evidence. I watched my parents fall into a very similar trap in the early 80's and they paid dearly for over 10 years. If you know any young (or forgetful) people thinking of mortgaging themselves down to their underwear to buy a starter mansion, do them a huge favor and give them this book. At least you'll be able to say "told you so".
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By CJ TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 28 2014
Format: Paperback
It may have taken a few years from the publication of this book for its prescience to be made clear but recent events seem to be vindicating its author. Combine low interest rates, the (now repealed) existence of 40 year/zero down mortgages, and the ability to borrow from RRSPs to pay for a home and we've created a housing bubble in this country. Oil price shocks and the threat of higher interest rates seem poised to pop that bubble or at least let some of the air out.
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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 11 2009
Format: Paperback
Garth Turner, a very respected financier and market investor, has released a very helpful little book on the future of the Canadian real estate market. I enjoyed his analysis of what he believes to be inherently wrong with the present Canadian housing market, though some of it might have been slightly overdone with a welter of examples from the American real estate scene. According to Turner, who is cautiously invested in the Toronto housing market, Canadians homeowners are seriously overexposed in home mortgages. Too many of us have got our futures invested in our houses, which makes us very vulnerable to serious market downturns stemming from deflationary collapses. The greatest tragedy in this scenario is that the banks and the realty profession have purposely hyped the market to new heights in order to drive profits at the expense of affordability. Just because we are not living in the US where the housing market has been rocked by subprime mortgages doesn't mean we're immune from any significant reversals of our own. In fact, according to Turner, we are just as hopelessly lost in controlling our futures as our cousins to the south because we have little or no savings to fall back on when housing prices suddenly correct and mortgage rates increase. In short, Turner suggests to his readers a cautious approach when it comes to speculation or outright ownership in the Canadian housing scene: stay away unless you can afford to absorb the reversals.
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