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All Real Estate is Local

by David Lereah

Grandpa told me the story of the biggest mistake in his life every year until the day he died and he always ended the story with the same advice: Never ignore the local marketplace. Grandpa didn't research the local real estate market. He made his decision about purchasing the skyscraper his business was located in based on what he read in the newspapers and heard on the radio: Across the nation jobs were scarce and families were struggling to make ends meet. He relied on national trends as well as on his experience of what was happening to those closest to him up in the Bronx where he lived - businesses along the Grand Concourse struggling to survive... Grandpa allowed the ills of the nation and the neighborhood where he lived -- which he read and heard about every day -- to blind him to the activity and prospects of the local marketplace in which his business was located. He had an opportunity to purchase a fifty-story building on one of the most sought-after retail streets in the world for a deep discount, and he missed it. He ignored the rich potential of Manhattan because he was so focused on the nation and the Bronx. He ignored the gravity and pull of Manhattan because of the dismal stories he heard about Newark, New Jersey and Philadelphia. He learned the hard way thatlocalreal estate values are determined bylocalactivity. He had made a mistake that he would not let himself, or me, ever forget. In this book, I am following Grandpa's lead. My objective is to offer you some valuable lessons on purchasing real estate. My Grandfather was not the only person to make a mistake in real estate. Mistakes are made by many households and investors every year. The common thread among them-- they did not pay attention to local influences and activity. I believe that if you master the lessons that I have learned over the years on how to evaluate and purchase real estate the local way--you will become a successful real estate investor--and make Grandpa proud. --From ALL REAL ESTATE IS LOCALWhatever the national trends are with regard to real estate - whether they are booming or busting - what really matters is what the market conditions are in your region, town, or neighborhood. For as David Lereah points out, in the end, all real estate is local. What does that mean? Even during the real estate boom of 2001-2005, a great many cities and regions did not participate in the boom - they lagged behind, or even decreased in value. Similarly, when prices began to fall nationally, there were plenty of regions and locales where prices rose, and sales boomed. As Lereah makes clear, the most important factor in buying or selling a home isn't what is going on nationally - it is what is going on in your local market. Evaluating present and future trends and influences in your region or neighborhood is essential to creating long term wealth, whether you are in a buyer's or a seller's market. And David Lereah, as the Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, shows you how to determine the conditions in your neighborhood. Lereah reveals how to: Evaluate the DNA of homes in the town or county or region you are considering (every town has its own real estate DNA - the characteristics that make a region or city more or less desirable to live in). Determine whether property values in your targeted neighborhood are on the rise. Research future real estate influences and trends, from migration into or out of the region, to plans to attract or develop new businesses in the area. Understand the local factors that can affect your investment in the future. Countless books offer advice on how to buy and sell a home. But ALL REAL ESTATE IS LOCAL is the first book to explain how knowing the ins and o

Are You Missing the Real Estate Boom?

by David Lereah

Areyoumissing the real estate boom? Can you increase your wealth from it? For most people--including current homeowners--the answer is a resoundingyes. But it's not too late to increase your stake in the greatest real estate boom of our generation. Whether you are a first-time buyer or already own your home,Are You Missing the Real Estate Boom?will show you how you can dramatically increase your overall wealth. Author David Lereah, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, shows why the real estate market is poised to climb higher over the next decade--and explains what you can do to profit from it. Lereah calls today's market a "once-in-every-other generation opportunity. " Today's boom is not just driven by low interest rates--there are a host of demographic and economic reasons why real estate will continue to outpace other investments, from the growing needs of the baby-boomer generation and the rise of the "echo" boomer generation to the new ways real estate is marketed and sold. Are you a first-time buyer? A current homeowner considering whether or not to trade up? There has never been a better time to do so, Lereah convincingly claims. InAre You Missing the Real Estate Boom?, Lereah explains what to look for when you're buying a home; which improvements add the most value to your current home; what to consider when purchasing rental properties; how to evaluate real estate investment trusts (or REITs); and the pros and cons of second homes. Full of detailed information on how to work with a real estate agent and a mortgage lender, how to analyze local markets and regional fluctuations, and how to best finance your investment,Are You Missing the Real Estate Boom?offers readers the seasoned advice they need to invest with confidence and reap outsized rewards. Are You Missing the Real Estate Boom?author David Lereah, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors®, asks. We are experiencing a historic wealth-building opportunity. To ensure that your don't miss out, Lereah provides the tools, information, and analysis you need to become a savvy real estate investor. And he shows how to integrate real estate into your overall investment strategies and financial planning goals. Among the information you'll find in the book: * How to become a master at dealing with real estate agents, brokers, and lenders. * Which home improvements will result in the greatest long-term gains. * How to identify the vacation homes and regions that will increase the most in value. * How to finance a first-time home--with or without a big down payment. The long-term fundamentals for housing remain strong into the foreseeable future, claims Lereah. Far from a real estate "bubble," what we are experiencing today is a phenomenon that takes place only once every other generation: a long-term real estate market expansion. Isn't it time you started taking advantage of it today?

Why the Real Estate Boom Will Not Bust - And How You Can Profit from It

by David Lereah

We are experiencing a historic wealth-building opportunity, says David Lereah, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors. As Lereah has predicted, the double-digit appreciation boom-far from a real estate "bubble"-is winding down to a healthy real estate expansion that will keep the long-term fundamentals for housing strong into the foreseeable future. To ensure that you don't miss out, Lereah provides the tools, information, and analysis you need to become a savvy real estate investor.

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