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The 10 best real estate books of 2005

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At the end of each year, it is my honor to select the 10 best real estate books out of the hundreds of realty books published that year. This article takes 52 weeks to prepare because I read at least one real estate book every week. These are the best of the best 2005 real estate books. Selecting the top real estate books of 2005 was especially difficult because an unusually large number of new realty books were published this year. All these excellent real estate books are available in stock or by special order at local bookstores, public libraries, and www.amazon.com. Here, in no special order, are the 10 best real estate books of 2005, plus several honorable mentions: 1.) "Reverse Mortgages for Dummies," by Sarah Glendon Lyons and John E. Lucas (Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, NJ), $16.99, 249 pages. This is the best of several excellent 2005 books about the pros and cons of tax-free reverse mortgage income for senior citizen homeowners 62 or older. Especially valuable are the deta...