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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Aug. 2 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470964715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470964712
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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From the Inside Flap

Is that it? Is the Canadian real estate boom finally ending? After a long-running boom in the real estate market, many involved in the realm of Canadian real estate expect to see a period of slower growth or declining values, but this doesn't mean that investors necessarily need to cool their heels, sell everything or go on a buying spree. The reality is that all real estate markets around the world operate on a cycle, from Boom to Slump, Slump to Recovery, and from Recovery back Boom. The key for investors is to be able to identify exactly where in the real estate cycle their target area is and how to take advantage of this knowledge, as there is money to be made in all of the phases.

The real estate cycle has been in existence for a long time yet many investors have little understanding of how it materially impacts real estate over time. An entire real estate cycle can typically take a decade or more to complete, which can explain why many home buyers and investors fail to recognize that there is a cycle to it all. But once you understand the cycle and what drives it, you become empowered to use your knowledge of the cycle to your advantage. During the specific phases of the real estate cycle there are "cyclically sensible" actions that wise investors take, and other actions they avoid, because they are not "cyclically sensible." Another key element of the cycle is the availablity of financing, which is directly related to the phases of the cycle.

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

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

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Learn to Become a Strategic Real Estate Investor and Profit in Any Market

Every day it seems as though the media has a different story to tell about the real estate market. Is the market going to boom? Are values 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, then now is the time to read Secrets of the Canadian Real Estate Cycle. With full-on analysis and exacting detail, this book addresses the fundamentals of the real estate cycle. Investment experts Don R. Campbell, Kieran Trass and Greg Head have collaborated with Christine Ruptash to produce this comprehensive guide to understanding the market cycle in your target area and which investment tactics to use to maximize profit in your current investments and strategically invest for portfolio growth.

Praise for Secrets of the Canadian Real Estate Cycle

“Wow! What a great book. I have lived and worked in many Canadian provinces and developed, built and sold more than $100 million of real estate in this great country—and this book makes me feel like an amateur!” –Brian Tracy, Author of No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline and Reinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

“This book is a game changer—it completely shifted my way of thinking! If you are at all considering real estate as an investment vehicle, or if you are a long-term investor—in fact, especially if you are a long-term investor—this book is a must read.” –Jim Sicotte, Canadian real estate investor

“As soon as I read the first chapter, I knew this would want to be read and re-read by every real estate investor. This book teaches you about the real estate cycle and provides invaluable tools that enable you to evaluate any market at any time.” –Peter Kinch, Real estate entrepreneur and financing expert

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

“As an investor and developer, The Secrets of the Canadian Real Estate Cycle provides a vital guideline to make critical investing decisions.” –Rob Haberman, Real estate investor/developer

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Any idiot can make money from real estate in a boom but you need to know what you are doing in order to make money (and not lose what you've made) in other parts of the cycle.

Fantastic book! I am a real estate professional and investor with properties in Canada and Czech Republic as well as an active property management business (CZECH POINT 101) in Czech Republic. I found the book very detailed. It really adds predictable structure to something that normally is a black hole - real estate cycles. I am using their methods now to assess both markets to see what can be expected as the cycles progress. Highly recommended for the property investor who is serious about making a success of their strategy.
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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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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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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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This is invaluable knowledge for the any Canadian real estate investor. This allows to see the cycles and to position yourself for success. To many real estate investors jump in when the market in overheated and and get burned when things crash. This book will help you avoid the scares of bad investment decisions (we've all been there)
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I had a few rental places and started reading up on to decide what to do with them. I didn't know what to do back in 2007 but buying didn't make sense because places were selling for crazy prices and nothing cashflowed. I was too cheap to put in any more than the downpayment. There are lots of books that explain what to look for, how to build a portfolio, how to get financing... None of these give you a bigger picture of what is going on. The burning question I had was how do you know when its time to sell.

The Real Estate Cycle gives indicators as to this. It explains the cycles real estate goes through so that you can have some idea when to be buying, holding or even selling off to get your debt level ready for the slump.

Its exactly what I've been looking and spending thousands taking seminars to find out.
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