The Bookshelf 

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Investment in a home is a huge commitment with an equally sized potential for profit. But don't just take our word for it. Here are five books already released or coming out soon that offer advice that can guide you to a great buy and a wise investment. -- Greg Akers

Make Money in Abandoned Properties: How to Identify & Buy Vacant Properties & Make a Huge Profit (Wiley)

Chantal Howell Carey and Bill Carey

Now Available

$34.95

Working under the axiom that one man's trash is another's treasure, this book swears to be the only reliable and comprehensive guide to abandoned-property investment. It provides "ten tips for finding abandoned properties, five techniques for locating owners, five keys to the foolproof offer, and four ways to obtain financing."

The Wall Street Journal: Complete Real-Estate Investing Guidebook (Three Rivers Press)

David Crook

December 2006

$14.95

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Don't let the author's name fool you: Crook is the editor of The Wall Street Journal Sunday, which is syndicated in newspapers around the globe. This book claims to be the authority on real estate investing and teaches you how to avoid schemes, get financing, make contacts, find the right properties, and more.

Nothing Down for Women: The Smart Woman's Quick-Start Guide to Real Estate Investing (Free Press)

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Robert G. Allen and Karen Nelson Bell

January 2007

For the woman on the go, this book swears it can give the basics of real estate investment in short chapters that can be read and fully understood in less than five minutes. It includes scripts for communications with buyers and sellers and templates for sales ads.

The Complete Guide to Purchasing a Condo, Townhouse, or Apartment: What Smart Investors Need to Know -- Explained Simply (Atlantic Publishing Company)

Susan Smith Alvis

January 2007

$24.95

This book guarantees an easy overview on this specialty market, including what to expect from the many people involved (realtors, condo boards, attorneys, bankers) and hints and tips on what to look for and how to avoid common mistakes.

Beyond the Bubble: How to Keep the Real Estate Market in Perspective -- And Profit No Matter What Happens (AMACOM)

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Michael C. Thomsett and Joshua Kahr

February 2007

$16.95Are you considering real estate investment but afraid that the bubble will burst? This book will help you distinguish between the facts and the myths of real estate investment. Published by AMACOM, the book publishing division of the American Management Association, this book also offers ideas for what to do even when sales hit a slump. ●

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