How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust: Money-Making Strategies for the End of the Housing Bubble

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The housing bubble is about to burst. Are you ready?

While the rest of the economy teeters on the edge of recession, home sales are booming and home prices are surging. Can this continue?

Not a chance. The housing market is hot because Americans— apparently convinced that the good times will never end— are borrowing record amounts of money to buy ever-larger homes. And we've learned to treat our existing homes like piggy banks, borrowing ...

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Overview

The housing bubble is about to burst. Are you ready?

While the rest of the economy teeters on the edge of recession, home sales are booming and home prices are surging. Can this continue?

Not a chance. The housing market is hot because Americans— apparently convinced that the good times will never end— are borrowing record amounts of money to buy ever-larger homes. And we've learned to treat our existing homes like piggy banks, borrowing against our home equity to maintain our lifestyles. This boosts the economy but causes us to incur debts that will soon force us to stop spending. The result will be a deep recession, complete with declining home prices and a collapse in the value of housing-related stocks.

And that's the optimistic scenario! With mortgage, corporate, and government debt soaring, the bursting of the housing bubble might set off a chain reaction that wreaks 1930s-style havoc on stocks, the dollar, and real estate.

In clear, easy-to-understand terms, this book shows how real estate has become the latest in a long line of financial bubbles, how the bubble is likely to burst, and how you can both protect yourself and make money as the drama unfolds. You'll also learn:

* Why all "cash" is not equally safe

* Why gold will soar as the dollar falls

* Which stocks will be casualties of the housing bust, and how to profit from their collapse

* How to ensure against— and even profit from— a decline in the value of your home

Whether you're worried about the value of your home, your stock portfolio, or your bank account, you'll find answers here. You can't stop what's coming, but you can turn it to your advantage.

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Positing that "the longer-lived an economic expansion, the deeper the resulting recession," Rubino (Main Street, Not Wall Street) argues that the housing bubble, like other investments, will soon pop. He explains that as stock prices fell in 2001, housing became the safe bet for American investors; but the very factors (i.e., low interest rates) that helped the housing boom will soon change directions. In such chapters as "Bubbles: Past, Present, Future, Foreign," Rubino lays out the last century's history of real estate ups and downs, both throughout the U.S. and in other countries. From here, with handy graphs and charts, he sets out a clear course for homeowners and investors to plan for the future. His solution? He recommends "shifting into reverse, financially speaking, and doing the opposite of what worked in the in 1990s." One way to effect such a reversal is, basically, to convert riskier investments into "cash" (e.g., money markets, bank CDs, and Treasury notes). While Rubino paints a worrisome picture of the future, he does offer readers useful tools and solid plans for preparing for it. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579548704
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

John Rubino spent the 1980s as a Wall Street financial analyst and since 1990 has been a regular contributor to TheStreet.com, Individual Investor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Ziff Davis Smart Business, Consumer's Digest, On Investing, and many others. His first book, Main Street, Not Wall Street, was published by William Morrow in 1998. He is currently at work on a book about gold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust: Money-Making Strategies for the End of the Housing Bubble

    John Rubino's new book, 'How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust' is not only informative and well written, it is also enjoyable and even entertaining. Anyone who owns a house, or is thinking of buying should read this book. This is not your usual incomprehensible economic text. Mr. Rubino lays out, in easily understandable terms, why we should all be concerned about the over-heated housing market. During the Dot Bomb years, when we were all losing thousands, didn't you wish you had someone who had told you to get out of the market, now, and why? Well, here we are, several years later; and here is another market that is over-valued. This time that someone is available. He is the author, and he provides that warning, in a clear, well-reasoned argument. Just when you are convinced that the economic world as you know it is about to come tumbling down, the author comes writing to the rescue. Mr. Rubino says now is the time to change your investing strategy. He tells you (as the title says) how to profit from the coming real estate bust. He provides a comprehensive look at how to make money when the housing bubble bursts. Even if Rubino turns out to be wrong about this, the information presented here is extremely valuable. He tells us where to put our money during a housing market drop. But this knowledge can be applied to almost any bear market. Much of his advice would have helped us all through those Dot Bomb years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    Outstanding!

    I never thought I'd say this about a finance book, but I couldn't put this one down. It is fascinating, logical, concise, well-written, and occasionally quite funny. Despite the catchy title, it is about more than just the regional housing bubbles we are experiencing right now: it is a primer on the entire lending industry and how badly it¿s gotten out of hand. Just to be clear about it, this is not a ¿doom and gloom¿ or ¿the sky is falling¿-type book. There are no histrionics to be found here, only well- researched facts and common sense presented in a very reasoned manner. Whether you own real estate or are thinking of buying, and whether or not you are convinced that some housing markets are overpriced, this book will give you the background and advice you need to protect your assets and possibly even to profit enormously.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust: Money-Making Strategies for the End of the Housing Bubble

    Wow, what a great read. John Rubino¿s new book ¿How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust¿ is not only informative and well-written, it is also enjoyable and even entertaining. Anyone who owns a house, or is thinking of buying should read this book. This is not your usual incomprehensible economic text. Mr. Rubino lays out in easily understandable terms why we should all be concerned about the over-heated housing market. During the Dot Bomb years, when we were all losing thousands, didn¿t you wish you had a friend who had told you to get out of the market, now, and why? Well here we are, five years later, and here is another market that is over-valued. This time you have that friend, the author, and he is an expert in business and economics. Here he provides that warning, in a clear, well¿reasoned argument. Just when you are convinced that the economic world as you know it is about to come tumbling down, he comes writing to the rescue. Mr. Rubino explains (as the title says) How to Profit from the Coming Real Estate Bust. He provides a comprehensive look at how to make money when the housing bubble bursts. He makes many suggestions that will help anyone, from the novice to the expert trader, decide where to put their money as housing prices fall. Even if Rubino turns out to be wrong about the housing market bust, the information presented here is extremely valuable. He tells us where to put our money during most bear markets. Much of this advice would have helped us all through those Dot Bomb years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003

    Good Gold Advise

    The most interesting part of this book isn't directly about real estate. It's where Rubino explains how the trade deficit will weaken the dollar, which will make gold a better investment than stocks or cash. This strikes me as very logical, and the chapter on gold here is both well written and useful. It walks readers through the reasons gold is going to surge (it's doing that already, in case you haven't noticed) and the different ways of buying and owning it, like gold coins, stocks and mutual funds. I chose gold coins and called the dealers listed in the chapter for quotes. You still have to do some homework, but this is a great starting point.

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