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With the housing bubble of the past few years bursting and interest rates on the rise, there has been an upsurge in the number of foreclosures across the country, creating many opportunities for profit. But investing in real estate foreclosure[s?] can be a tough job, especially when a negative stigma is attached. How do you make money while preserving your morals and trust? Foreclosure Investing For Dummies shows you how to invest in foreclosures ethically without being accused of stealing homes from “little old ladies.” This step-by-step guide helps you thoroughly research property, find the best opportunities, purchase foreclosures, and avoid misleading distressed homeowners. This book doesn’t promise quick profits through minimal work, but it will provide you with invaluable information to become a successful investor, including: Identifying opportunities and understanding risks Obtaining information, tools, support, and resources Locating properties prior to foreclosure Assisting homeowners through the foreclosure process Acquiring properties below market value prior to the auction Buying property at an auction, from lending institutions, and government agencies Repairing, renovating, and selling or leasing property This book provides tips and strategies for refinancing your property and maximizing your profits. It also gives you advice on how to assist homeowners, have them work with you, and common mistakes you should avoid. It’s time to go out and make the most of foreclosure investing, and with Foreclosure Investing For Dummies by your side, your hard work and devotion will bring tons of success!

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Make Money and Help Your Community at the Same Time «This book shows you the most powerful, practical system ever discovered to make money buying pre-foreclosures. If you follow its advice, it could make you rich.» –Brian Tracy, bestselling author of The Psychology of Achievement «What great content and a fresh approach to the business of foreclosure investing. Alexis has it right–believe in yourself and what you do, be open and honest with others, and work hard. You'll make a great living and enjoy life along the way.» –Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group and bestselling author of If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails: And Other Lessons I Learned from My Mom «This book shares with readers the right and moral way to invest in pre-foreclosures. Author Alexis McGee shows you that you can help homeowners and make a profit. This book is a must for all real estate investors, whether you are working on your first deal or your twentieth!» –Diane Kennedy, bestselling author of Loopholes of the Rich and coauthor of The Maui Millionaires «Want to make money the honest way? Read Alexis McGee's great ideas on real estate foreclosures, and you'll have acces to a wealth of know-how, experience, and years of success. You'll learn from people who have done it–not just ideas, but stuff that works in the real world.» –Ron Willingham, author of The Inner Game of Selling and Integrity Selling for the 21st Century

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Prime vacation property throughout Canada has doubled in value within the past five years. For the potential buyer of a vacation property, the cost of entry can be stiff. There is a high demand for many to own a vacation home or idyllic retreat for pleasure and lifestyle enjoyment, future retirement, rental revenue, or investment profit. But buying a recreational property can be a potential minefield for many reasons, as there can be complex tax, legal, estate planning, and investment issues to consider. When investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a recreational property you will need to do your due diligence and seek solid advice. The Complete Guide to Buying and Owning Recreational Property in Canada, written by Canada's leading authority on matters related to real estate, offers valuable insights and tips, and will prove a trustworthy resource for many years to come. Topic areas include: Buying the right property, for the right reasons, in the right location How to set a purchase and financing strategy and how to negotiate your best deal How to exercise caution when buying with family or friends-and how to keep peace in the family when sharing use or ownership Getting the help of professionals, such as a tax accountant, lawyer, home inspector, mortgage broker, insurance broker, and realtor. Obtaining tax and estate planning strategic advice to save tax on transfer, sale or bequeathing of the property, or inheriting a property What you need to know if you are buying recreational property as an investment. Money saving tips when renting your property yourself or using professional rental management Special cautions if buying a vacation home or cottage outside of Canada Creative ways of using your vacation home or cottage for exchange or barter Key strategies to follow and classic pitfalls to avoid And much, much more! Plus Sources of Further Information, Key Websites, Checklists, Glossary, and Index.

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Informative and comprehensive, this book is a must-have guide for people who are shopping for a condominium. Condominiums are fast becoming the purchase of choice for people who are looking for the amenities of an urban lifestyle, hands-off maintenance, and an entry into the real estate market for often less than the price of a detached single-family home. The appeal of a condominium lifestyle has resulted in incresed demand and consequently higher purchase prices. So it is crucial that prospective buyers understand what makes a condominium differnt from other types of real estate and what is involved when they decide to invest. In 101 Streetsmart Condo Buying Tips for Canadians, bestselling real estate author Douglas Gray offers condo shoppers everything they need to know to make their purchase a pleasant and profitableexperience. Realders will learn about matching the purchase to their needs and risk tolerance, financing strategies, negotiation tactics, and how to close the deal and pitfalls to avoid. In addition to the many streetsmart tips, the appendix includes a glossary of real estate terms, useful websites, and helpful checklists. 101 Streetsmart Condo Buying Tips for Canadians will appeal to condo purchasers who want reliable and objective information to help them make an informed, insightful, and confident decision when they buy.

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Want to have homebuyers knocking down your door? Home Staging For Dummies delivers all the secrets to making your home stand out, sell faster, and bring in more money! It shows you how to make improvements room by room and generate a higher profit in the most cost- and time-effective way. Featuring eight full-color pages of instructive before-and-after photos, this completely practical guide demonstrates how and why to eliminate clutter, make repairs, arrange furnishings, and pave the way for buyers to make an emotional connection to your house. You’ll get a handle on what buyers want and how to show it to them, find plenty of do-it-yourself tasks that add real value to your home, and get tips on producing photos of your home that will have buyers craving to see more! Discover how to: See your home as prospective buyers will see it Know what needs doing and what doesn’t Master the three-step home staging process Add real value to your home without breaking the bank Decide whether to DIY or call in the pros Create curb appeal Make a great first impression with a beautiful entryway Spruce up your kitchen, bathroom, living, and dining rooms Turn your bedrooms into a buyer’s dream Whip your mechanicals into top shape Avoid staging nightmares Get top dollar for your home – all you need is a little help from Home Staging For Dummies!

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Looking for a safe haven from the dreaded stock market? Why not consider investing in Canadian real estate? In the past five years, house prices in Canada have risen an average of 38% and, in the last year, the price of new homes surged by a whopping 4.1%, the largest annual increase since 1989. In fact, investment advisors are now suggesting that any well-diversified portfolio should contain some type of real estate investment. With all of these facts in mind, wed like to introduce investors to the new financial wave of the future. Real Estate Investing For Canadians For Dummies is your answer to reliable investing for your hard-earned retirement nest egg. From real estate investing cycles to types of properties and investments, this book is full of useful tips, checklists and worksheets designed to help you make your investments happen. Whether you're interested in single-family homes, recreational facilities, or commercial properties, this complete guide will provide you with pros, cons and how-to considerations for every real estate investing strategy.

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A Must-read guide to real estate investing during turbulent times Given the current state of the economy, you might be asking yourself if right now is the right time to be investing in real estate. With the third edition of Getting Started in Real Estate Investing as your guide, you’ll quickly discover how a combination of commitment and caution can help you make it in today’s market. Designed for investors who want to get started in real estate, but don’t know where to begin, this reliable resource will help you break into this fast-moving field and build equity the right way. Getting Started in Real Estate Investing, Third Edition addresses everything from selecting the right properties and becoming a landlord to using the proper tax strategies and finding the right professionals to work with. It also outlines issues you must be aware of in light of recent events, including the best ways to finance your real estate investments, considering the status of mortgage financing, and new requirements that may be thrown at borrowers. The new edition is updated to include information on: Surviving in the post-bust housing market Picking investments with the new credit realities Looking ahead to future housing booms Reading the emerging housing trends Written in straightforward and accessible style—with a focus on residential and multifamily properties—Getting Started in Real Estate Investing, Third Edition also contains helpful information that will allow you to analyze your financial ability to buy and hold real estate as well as avoid potential pitfalls. In order to excel in real estate investing, you need to start by defining what you want to do and how much risk you can afford. But ultimately, success depends on making informed decisions about where and when to invest, and Getting Started in Real Estate Investing, Third Edition gives you the tools to achieve these goals—even under the most difficult market conditions.

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Investing in commercial real estate can provide excellent risk-return opportunities for both the large and small investor. Unlike equity securities, commercial real estate often generates a substantial and predictable cash flow over time–and the compounding effect of this cash flow can significantly enhance the performance of most investment portfolios. Filled with in-depth insight and practical advice, The Real Estate Investment Handbook is an essential tool for current and aspiring commercial real estate investors looking to develop and evaluate commercial real estate properties. Throughout the book, experts G. Timothy Haight and Daniel D. Singer offer careful examinations of the various types of commercial real estate available, the measures within the markets used to evaluate their performance, and the intricacies of the markets in which they are traded. The discussions of breakeven analysis, present value, financial leverage, loan packaging, and practical real-life situations found in The Real Estate Investment Handbook will help you make better-informed decisions when investing in properties such as: * Apartments, condominiums, and time-shares * Single-family homes * Self-storage facilities * Office buildings * Industrial properties * Parking lots * Shopping centers * Hotels and motels Successful real estate investing is not just about net income or cash flow; it's about the fit between an investor and an investment. With The Real Estate Investment Handbook as your guide, you'll learn how to choose properties that make sense–and money–for you.

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Start Building Wealth Today by Investing in Distressed Properties! Combining proven strategies with nearly thirty years' experience in real estate, author George Achenbach takes you step by step through the entire foreclosure process-from the first notice of default to the foreclosure sale or auction to the final disposition of the property. Everything you need to know to purchase and profit from distress properties is here, including sample forms, worksheets, checklists, and real-life examples, as well as procedures to follow, evaluation techniques, and negotiating tips. There are even suggestions on leasing homes, creating rental income, saving on taxes, and avoiding pitfalls. Additionally, a new chapter covers the pros and cons of bankruptcy and highlights the latest proposed changes in the law such as the homestead exemptions and needs-based rules. Goldmining in Foreclosure Properties shows investors and first-time buyers how to take advantage of one of the most profitable investment opportunities in the world with expert guidance on: * Procedures for locating distressed properties * Financial analysis techniques for evaluating property and making the right offer * Bidding successfully at auctions * Effectively dealing with lenders when the property goes REO * How you can benefit from reselling property quickly * Negotiating tips for dealing with new purchasers and profitably transferring titles * Generating rental income, capital appreciation, and tax savings through property leasing

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More fortunes are built in real estate on borrowed money than in any other business. And you can build your fortune in real estate using borrowed money too-if you follow the advice and tips in this book. Whether you're making your first foray into real estate investing or have invested for a number of years, 209 Fast Spare-Time Ways to Build Zero Cash into 7 Figures a Year in Real Estate will show you how to acquire income-producing real estate and build your wealth by using borrowed money. Long-time real estate advisor Tyler Hicks offers proven strategies and real-world examples to illustrate how much MIF-Money in Fist-you can realistically earn by investing in real estate. A valuable guide for new, experienced, or affluent real estate investors, 209 Fast Spare-Time Ways to Build Zero Cash into 7 Figures a Year in Real Estate covers all the bases, from finding loans to hiring an accountant and an attorney to help with the business. Letters from individuals who have successfully followed the strategies outlined in this book are also included to help you understand exactly what you must do to make this plan work for you. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, 209 Fast Spare-Time Ways to Build Zero Cash into 7 Figures a Year in Real Estate discusses important real estate topics-including creative financing, acquiring single-family homes, and becoming a private lender client-to allow you to make the most of your investments in real estate.