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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Guide to California Real Estate
This book is designed to be useful in several different situations.

It's primary goal is to be used as a text and examination preparation guide for people wanting to become real estate agents and who are required to take a class before they take the examination. The book provides a strong basic understanding of the principles of California real estate. The end...
Published on February 10, 2007 by John Matlock

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lengthy with obvious errrors
Unfortunately this is the standard real estate text so there just aren't many other options. It covers the content fairly well but it's very frustrating to me when the book contains errors and mistakes, especially when you're using it as a reference. For instance, the Quiz Answers for Chp 7 #4 is C, but this is directly out of the CA real estate form 14B where 17 days is...
Published on October 5, 2011 by Peter Sedivec


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Guide to California Real Estate, February 10, 2007
This book is designed to be useful in several different situations.

It's primary goal is to be used as a text and examination preparation guide for people wanting to become real estate agents and who are required to take a class before they take the examination. The book provides a strong basic understanding of the principles of California real estate. The end of the book has a 150 question examination that is similar in format and content to the state test.

Alternatively this book will also be useful to individuals who wish to become informed consumers and/or investors and desire to know more about the law and the processes that are applicable to California real estate.

This is the eighth edition of this book, as such it reflects recent changes in the law, as well as having corrected errors and points of confusion found in previous editions. This is a large book that completely covers the subject.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE required text for your CA Real Estate License, April 21, 2000
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Eric F Rivas (Southern California) - See all my reviews
This book is the standard text for college level real estate course RE101. An excellent book with many walkthru examples to help understand difficult situations. GREAT BOOK!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lengthy with obvious errrors, October 5, 2011
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Peter Sedivec (Berkeley, CA United States) - See all my reviews
Unfortunately this is the standard real estate text so there just aren't many other options. It covers the content fairly well but it's very frustrating to me when the book contains errors and mistakes, especially when you're using it as a reference. For instance, the Quiz Answers for Chp 7 #4 is C, but this is directly out of the CA real estate form 14B where 17 days is the default timeline for disclosures.

The book is also extremely lengthy and just goes through way too much detail and repeats over and over similar topics. Quizes from different chapters have essentially the same question.

The book would be better if it were 100pgs shorter, and more accurate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected, March 8, 2007
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L.M.G. (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews
The author attempts to break down the different concepts of CA real estate by presenting the concept then explaining it with an example. There are a few errors noted (mostly in spelling and grammar), but other than that the book is very easy to read and understand if you have a real estate dictionary or some other type of outside text help. The author goes over the basic principles of CA real estate, but when it comes to specifics, the book is really lacking. Overall, this book is great if one decides to use it for a class to supplement the instructor, but I wouldn't use this book in lieu of an instructor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great starter's book for real estate., February 9, 2009
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Paul A. Martinez (Ontario, California) - See all my reviews
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California Real Estate Principles is easy to read and straight forward. It is a great starter's book for real estate. The summarys and questions at the end of each chapter make it easy to review. The glossary and index at the end of the book are more than helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars California real estate principles, May 12, 2007
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U. Taylor (Sunny California) - See all my reviews
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Excellent book. Large print. Clear and easy to read. Well written and well organized. Highly recommended. This is part of a series of books which all seem good; (I have purchased 2 others in the series, but not read them yet). This particular book is great!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful to learn RE terms, July 20, 2008
This is geared towards those wanting to take their RE license exam to become RE agents, although this is a great book for anyone wanting to learn the ins and outs of real estate. Terms are explained, the process for selling/buying, and some real estate history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for lenders, August 19, 2005
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I am a new lender and this book has been very helpful when it comes to lending with real estate collateral. It is an interesting read and gives enough information to be knowledgable without over-burdening you with too much detail.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book, decent price I guess, and fast shipping, December 15, 2014
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They need to fire their editor. They constantly dive straight in to topic without defining key terms. If you're lucky they define them later in the chapter or in the next chapter. I could see that they assume a certain degree of prior knowledge of real estate and legal terminology, except this is supposed to be an intro book, and they spend an entire chapter on remedial algebra. They spend most of a page explaining what a decimal is, but they can't clearly define a deed or title in a chapter called "Legal Descriptions, Methods of Acquiring Title, and Deeds". The book isn't all bad I suppose. They do manage to include several useful figures and copies of real estate documents, and there are times when it fairly clearly explains some core concepts... but mostly its all over the place. It repeats itself, it omits things leaving you wondering far too often, and for whatever reason they decided to use what appears to be about 14pt font with wide, too often blank, margins... making it a waste of paper in more ways than one. As for Amazon, they did a great job. The packaging was fine, if a little large, and they were as quick as always. If your class requires this book... I'm sorry. On the bright side, this is a great place to buy it from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Easy to Understand, Comprehensive, March 8, 2007
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carried away (Orange County, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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I am enjoying this book for a class I am taking. It is nice and easy to understand. It has lots of helpful ideas and it is fairly comprehensive.
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