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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (March 21 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459729803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459729803
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Hilliard MacBeth has advised Canadian individuals and families from across Canada on their investments for over 35 years. His 1999 book Investment Traps and How to Avoid Them predicted the collapse of the dot-com bubble in the stock market and gave investors practical advice on how to avoid getting caught offside in market cycles. Hilliard lives in Edmonton.


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Reading financial commentators like Garth Turner for years, the concept of a real estate crash here in Canada is something I have believe will happen. MacBeth takes a a more pessimistic stance on what will unfold when the crash happens. This is good because it offers a slightly different view of what the post crash land scape will be like for the Canadian populace.

Hilliard also makes sense of the various things that brought us to this point and if there is still anyone in doubt that we are not in a bubble, very convincing arguments and data. I sincerely hope a few Canadian real estate optimists read this and entertain, what I think is a more realistic view point. Hilliard does a great job at articulating this view point. In fact if someone asked me my view point I would point them to this book.

My only desire for this book that was unfulfilled was being slightly mislead in the title. "Surviving the Canadian Real Estate Crash" to me meant two things. First: What to do with current real estate investments, which is thoroughly covered in the book. Second: Specifically what sectors or vehicles to look into investing in, the timing of such investments and how much cash to hold. Maybe that is a lot to ask, but it would have been nice to have been covered in more detail.
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This is a great book and has saved me from making a huge financial mistake. I am 28 years old and I was taking pressure from my parents, friends, coworkers & my girlfriend to jump into to the real estate game. My gut told me I was overpaying in the market. Plus, most of my extended family just lived through the Irish bubble (they are very real).

This book contains very little fear mongering, the content was factual with plenty of math and statistics to back up its points. It is difficult to counter the herd mentality of 'real estate always goes up' and 'rent is throwing away money'. This book provides the facts and information necessary to make a truly informed decision on the largest purchase most people will ever make. If you read this book and still disagree you can have the confidence that you made your decision with all the relevant facts.
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This is the best, objective analysis of the Canadian real estate market I have read. Hilliard draws upon extensive research as well as his own direct experience as an investment adviser to paint a cogent and completely believable 'bust' scenario for Canadian real estate. Furthermore, he qualitatively and quantitatively dispels the notion that real estate investment is a 'sure thing'. As Mark Twain says "It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." Great Read
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A very thorough, profound, and yet simple argumentation, well supported in history, facts, and common sense. It is well written and insightful. Depending on your circumstances and decisions, this book could potentially be life-changing. It's a shame that few will read it, or take it seriously. If there is any criticism I could make about it, is that it might have come too late, but history will tell.
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This is the first book I have read about investing in real estate in Canada. It is written in a clear manner and provides good common sense for researching real estate market and making a decision to invest or not to invest in real estate in Canada right now ….or ever.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is planning to purchase a house for renting right now. After reading this book and performing extensive research on variety of resources, I am now confident the investing in real estate is not the smartest choice. Thank you for writing this book – it saved me from possibly one of the worst investments in my life…
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Well written, easy to read, good research. I read it over a weekend and am really glad I did. It puts what's happened in Vancouver real estate the past 15 years in a whole new light. I would recommend it as essential reading to anyone who owns property in Canada, or is considering purchasing.
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Hilliard MacBeth, for me, fills a niche to represent the Canadian perspective when it comes to analyzing our marketplace specifically, and better yet, how it contrasts to our southern neighbour and other parts of the world. As a layman, I enjoy these kinds of books, but have been dismayed at the narrow concentration focussed exclusively on the U.S. reality. 'When the Bubble Bursts' solves this problem for me, and the writing style is excellent to allow for relatively easy comprehension of very complex systems and topics. There's a lot of information in this book, such that I would suggest it be 'required reading' for anyone with an interest in Canadian economics, or Canadian real estate. This is an excellent book.
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Great overview of the current state of the housing market in Canada's major centres.

Most arguments presented in this book are not new to me, as I have studied the topic extensively. Some interesting arguments I have not heard before such as the effect of the Canadian bailout of banks. The book kept me entertained and I am pleased to report that it is written in a style that is both suitable for beginners and those who are more knowledgeable about the subject.

The author also makes the distinction between drivers and indicators - an important detail that is most often overlooked.
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