‘House Poor’ a profitable read for home buyers

Fact-packed book surpasses misleading title

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"House Poor," by June Fletcher (Harper Collins Publishers, New York), 2005, $21.95, 192 pages; available in stock or by special order at local bookstores, public libraries, and The worst thing about "House Poor" by Wall Street Journal real estate columnist, June Fletcher, is its negative title. But the best thing is the mostly positive factual information explaining why homes can be both great places to live and also great investments. When I first saw this book, based on its title, I thought to myself, "Do I really have to review a depressing downbeat book telling me homes are lousy investments?" But I kept seeing this book displayed in bookstores, so I knew I had to fairly evaluate it. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. I'm glad I did because I learned facts, not just opinions, explaining why homes can be such wise investments if they are purchased right. The book gets the negative material out of the way up-front in the introduction titled "Waiting for the Bubble to...