I didn't hate it at all! I thought that this book was going to be primarily aimed at people who are hoping to buy their first home. However, I think the audience is much broader than that. Sure, people who are looking to buy a new home would be entertained, but so would anyone thinking about improving a home, buying a second home or timeshare, or becoming a real estate investor or agent. The style of this book actually reminds me a little of Michael Lewis (who wrote The Big Short and Moneyball), who travels and interviews interesting people to weave together a collection of anecdotes to make a bigger point. That point, of course, is that there are lots and lots of people in our country who have "house lust." That would include even people who browse the real estate listings for fun. (Wait - some people DON'T do that?) This book was published after the trouble in the housing boom had become apparent, so the author does consider the possibility that "owning real estate" is going to look different in the future than it did in the past. This book certainly gave me some things to think about as I consider the possibility of buying a place of my own. It's not a "how to buy a house" guide, but instead presented examples of things that went right and others that went wrong. I know I'm making the right choice to hold of buying for now... and I'll probably want to read this book again before changing my mind!
I so enjoyed reading this book that, before I was even done with it, I was thinking of writing this post for you. Then, I thought it might be too much to try to write a post whose point was so ambivalent. And then I watched this!