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Former MP to talk in Surrey

Don’t buy houses and aim to reduce your debt because 2009 is going to be a “stinker,” said a former Ontario MP who predicted the Lower Mainland’s real estate crash.

Don’t buy houses and aim to reduce your debt because 2009 is going to be a “stinker,” said a former Ontario MP who predicted the Lower Mainland’s real estate crash.

Garth Turner said Canadians are in a period of time comparable to 1930 — following the stock market crash, but before the Great Depression.

“We’re in a very difficult, murky period of time,” said Turner. “Governments are trying to do everything they can to keep this from becoming a deflationary spiral.”

Turner’s book, Greater Fool, predicted the recent meltdown. His new book, After The Crash, warns people to prepare for a tough couple of years.

His advice:

  • Don’t buy houses because prices should decline for at least the next two years.
  • If you plan on selling your home, do it now, because prices are only going to go down.
  • Do everything you can to reduce debt, including getting a bank loan to pay off credit cards.
  • Renegotiate your mortgage to take advantage of dropping interest rates and change monthly payments to weekly to pay off the mortgage faster.

Turner is speaking in Surrey on Feb. 3 at the Northview Golf and Country Club.

 
 
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