South of 49: The Canadian Guide to Buying Residential Real Estate in the United States

Overview

Are you thinking about buying property in the United States? Whathas triggered your interest? Plans to retire and live in a Sunbeltstate? Or perhaps you invest in Canadian real estate and arelooking at the US market as a viable way to grow yourportfolio.

In either case, you're not alone. Canadians are buying USproperties at unprecedented rates. It's hard to turn your back onwhat appear to be deals of the century. But are they?

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Overview

Are you thinking about buying property in the United States? Whathas triggered your interest? Plans to retire and live in a Sunbeltstate? Or perhaps you invest in Canadian real estate and arelooking at the US market as a viable way to grow yourportfolio.

In either case, you're not alone. Canadians are buying USproperties at unprecedented rates. It's hard to turn your back onwhat appear to be deals of the century. But are they?

South of 49 is a step-by-step guide to purchasing realestate in the US. The authors-Philip McKernan, Dan Sampson and MikeCunning-combine years of investment expertise to provide the mostcomprehensive and authoritative book on the subject for theCanadian investor. They traveled to those US states that are thedestination points for most Canadians. They met with realtors,lenders, property managers, and investors to collect expert insightinto the do's and don'ts of buying property in the US. Here arejust some of the things you'll learn about:

  • Setting up a game plan: what are your goals?
  • The differences between US and Canadian real estate law,financing and tax
  • How to decide where to look for property
  • How to evaluate property with potential for cash flow andequity growth
  • How to set up a team of experts in the town where you want tobuy
  • Financing strategies
  • Negotiating for and closing on a property

Buying property in the US can pose all sorts of unexpectedchallenges and pitfalls. Rely on South of 49 to find aproperty that meets your budget, in an area where the economicfundamentals are strong and offer equity growth for the long term.And if you do plan to spend part of your retirement in the US, youmay just find that your investment strategy and retirement strategyare mutually served by investing now and having the property payfor itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470161319
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/9/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,003,723
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip McKernan (Vancouver, BC) is Irish-born and hastraveled the world following business pursuits. Now based inCanada, he is founder and president of the real estate investmentcompany Maple Leaf Property. He is also an in-demand speaker atvarious international real estate and investment forums, where hespeaks to achieving personal and business goals using real estateas the primary asset class to generate long-term wealth. Hisinvestment portfolio includes properties in Ireland, the UnitedKingdom, France, Finland, South Africa and North America. Philiphas been quoted in the press on both sides of the Atlantic onmatters related to international real estate. For more informationabout Philip, real estate mentoring and events, see www.southof49.com.

Dan Sampson (Vancouver, BC) and Mike Cunning(Vancouver, BC) bring a wealth of real estate knowledge to Southof 49. Their combined expertise includes urban planning,building and renovation, and property conversion and management.Their investment portfolio includes both commercial and residentialproperties. They are experts in property analysis, proper duediligence, assembling teams of experts-lenders, lawyers andrealtors-strategic financing, and negotiating and closing purchasesand sales.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Chapter 1: Of Risk and Reward.

Chapter 2: Of Phoenix and Foreclosures.

Chapter 3: Of a Team and a Dream.

Chapter 4: Of Florida and Mount Everest.

Chapter 5: Of Experts and Equity.

Chapter 6: OF Ownership, Death and Taxes.

Chapter 7: OF a California Lifestyle and a Nevada Auction.

Chapter 8: Of Phoenix and Palm Springs, and Narrowing theSearch.

Chapter 9: Of Offers and Counter-Offers.

Chapter 10: Of Escrow Officers and Closing the Deal.

Chapter 11: Victory.

Epilogue.

Index.

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