At Least Someone’s Making Money

An article in today’s NYT Business Section reads like a collection development piece. “A Shift in Real Estate Books” looks at what today’s home buyers and sellers want to know and how publishers are scrambling to meet their needs.

Rather than information on how to make money in a real estate boom, people now want to learn how to get out of bad investments and, on the other side, how to make money on foreclosures.

It’s sad reading; you can’t help but think about all those unfortunate people (including Ed McMahon, who stands in as the Everyman in the article. Yes, the Johnny Carson guy. Yes, the Publishers Clearinghouse guy. He is $644,000 behind on his mortgage. He even went on Larry King to talk about it.)

Here’s the wrap-up of the new titles the NYT mentions.

Getting out of real estate

Home Staging for Dummies

  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Pub. Date: April 2008
  • ISBN-10: 0470260289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470260289

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Selling a Home

Alpha, an imprint of Penguin, has decided to split their Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying and Selling a Home into two titles, because “in an environment like this, we had to cover a lot of territory on strategies like staging and pricing.” No pub info. yet.

Taking advantage of the downturn:

Property Management for Dummies


The pub date for the new edition of this title was moved up to August. No further information available at this point.

The 250 Questions Everyone Should Ask About Buying Foreclosures

  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Pub. Date: July 2008
  • ISBN-10: 1598695835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598695830

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying a Home


As mentioned above, the publisher has split The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying and Selling a Home into two parts.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying Foreclosures

Publisher Penguin/Alpha is working on a new ed. No pub information yet.

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