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Keep Calm…It’s Just Real Estate

Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home
by Egypt Sherrod

Being a first-time homebuyer can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Egypt Sherrod, from HGTV’s Property Virgins, blends her professional know-how and her personable touch in this down-to-earth guide, providing anecdotes, handy lists, and a helpful glossary to ensure that readers keep calm…and experience the thrill of home ownership. Egypt writes an informal and conversational book about the basics of buying your first property. Her tips are easy to follow and reassuring.


Rent vs Own

A Real Estate Reality Check For Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice
by Jane Hodges

The housing crash and conflicting reporting on real estate have left prospective buyers hungry for a well-researched reference guide. Enter Rent vs Own, the first real estate advice book not to assume buying is always best. Expert finance and real estate reporter Jane Hodges explains how the housing market works, and she delivers the pros and cons of buying and renting. This indispensable manual gives confused consumers the tools to make the best choice for their budget, market, and future.


Real Estate Mistakes

Our Mistakes, Your Success

Monika and Vaughan Jazyk

Too many books tell us stories about the glories of investing in real estate. But what about the hardships that accompany these tales? Local expert real estate investors Monika and Vaughan Jazyk of Real Property Investments shine a glaring spotlight on the real world of real estate. They tell us their family’s story to help us avoid the stress, insufferable debt, and financial nightmares of “real estate gone wrong.” A must-read for anyone who craves a realistic approach to real estate.


Dream Home

The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House
by Jonathan and Drew Scott

Dream Home is a comprehensive source, covering the ins and outs of buying, selling, and renovating a house, with hundreds of full-colour photos throughout. HGTV’s Property Brothers cover numerous topics including the hidden costs of moving, savvy negotiating tactics, and determining your home must-haves. Dream Home provides a wealth of information on attaining what you want – on time and on budget. It also includes tips and tricks you won’t see on TV, making it a must-have resource not just for fans but for any current or aspiring homeowner.


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