The Smart Consumer’s Guide to Home Buying

This book guides prospective home buyers through the process of evaluating and choosing what is likely the largest single investment they will ever make – buying a new home. It includes facts and advice to help anyone through this sometimes confusing journey. From the Barron’s Smart Consumer Guides series. Author: Jack P. Friedman, Ph.D., CRE

The Leasing Process: Landlord and Tenant Perspectives

The authors provide a comprehensive review of the commercial lease negotiation process, from both the landlord and tenant perspective. A resource for property managers, leasing agents, developers, investors and tenants alike, in commercial buildings such as office (including medical), shopping centers and industrial properties. Topics include landlord and tenant issues such as negotiating the brokerage agreement, determining rent and pass-through charges, market conditions (and how they affect leasing), concessions and options that may be granted, communications strategies, dealing with legal and support staff and more. Author: Richard F. Muhlebach, CRE.

Still Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak Hour Traffic Congestion (revised)

In this book, the author addresses the problem that directly affects (and causes outrage and frustration for) millions of Americans every day – traffic congestion. Included are examinations of the benefits and costs of various anti-congestion strategies, environmental impacts, mass transit, government transportation spending and, unexpectedly, some benefits of congestion. This is a revised and expanded edition of his earlier landmark work Stuck in Traffic. Author: Anthony Downs, CREStill Stuck in Traffic: Coping with Peak Hour Traffic Congestion (revised)

Keys to Buying Foreclosed and Bargain Homes

This book is a resource that explains advantages and potential pitfalls of buying foreclosed properties. Includes information about the FHA, HUD, VA, FNMA, FHLMC, MGIC and lending institutions as well as tips on buying at auction. Part of the Barron’s Business Keys series. Author: Jack P. Friedman, Ph.D., CRE

Managing and Leasing Commercial Properties – Vols. 1&2

Covering the entire spectrum of the business of managing and leasing commercial properties, this two-volume set includes vital information pertinent to property types from office and industrial buildings to shopping centers and medical buildings. The authors share insights into the intricacies of commercial property management with take-aways for those new to commercial management as well as experienced professionals. Topics include operational issues, marketing and leasing commercial properties, lease negotiations, maintenance, financial concepts and tools unique to managing commercial properties and more. Available only as a two volume set. Author: Richard Muhlebach, CRE.

Living Into Leadership: A Journey in Ethics

Explanatory and effective, this book draws from the author’s career in investment banking to illustrate guidelines for ethics in the workplace, making tough ethical decisions and living a balanced lifestyle to achieve personal and professional fulfillment. Mr. McCoy is the former head of real estate at Morgan Stanley. Author: Bowen H. “Buzz” McCoy, CRE

Keys to Mortgage Financing and Refinancing – Fourth Edition

A guide for home buyers including information about obtaining a mortgage to purchase a home, a second mortgage or home improvement loan. Includes sections on a variety of additional topics including appraisals, tax considerations, whether or not to pre-pay or pay down a mortgage, evaluating an adjustable rate mortgage and more. Part of the Barron’s Business Keys series. Author: Jack P. Friedman, Ph.D., CRE

The Dynamics of Real Estate Capital Markets: A Practitioner’s Perspective

This book offers an explanation of market cycles based on a perspective that spans four decades, through 2006. Mr. McCoy, a former general partner at Morgan Stanley, and president of Morgan Stanley Realty, was a pioneer in linking real estate financing to capital markets. Through a collection of essays, he shows readers the changes that have taken place in the dynamic real estate arena throughout his career. Author: Bowen H. “Buzz” McCoy, CRE

Eminent Domain Use and Abuse: Kelo in Context

Offering a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London, this book addresses the question of when eminent domain may constitutionally be used to take property for projects that are not publicly owned and operated facilities. It conveys the context of this debate and offers guidance concerning the Kelo decision itself and how it may be used. An accompanying CD-ROM provides over 1,500 pages of information, including the Connecticut Supreme Court Decision. Author: Dwight Merriam, CRE

How to Prepare for the California Real Estate Exams

A guide for salespersons, brokers and appraisers, this book covers all major test topics, including contracts, closing statements, California real estate law, real estate terms and definitions and more. Includes test-taking advice, an overview of exams, how to qualify for a license, six full-length model exams with all questions answered and explained plus additional practice questions with answers. Tables include broker commissions, costs and fees, present and future value of the dollar, various analyses, amortization schedules, etc. Part of the Barron’s Test Preparation series. Author: Jack P. Friedman, Ph.D., CRE.