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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lisa Holton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1959


-- Website -- http://www.thelisacompany.com/
-- Lisa Holton on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=lisa+holton


Illinois Connection

Lisa was born in Moline, Illinois, and lived in the Quad Cities until the age of four when her father, an executive with International Harvester Co. , was transferred to Canton, a small central Illinois town. She now runs her company, The Lisa Company, from Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lisa Holton is an independent writer, editor and producer. A former Chicago Sun-Times Business Editor and reporter, Lisa formed The Lisa Company in 1998 to create audience-specific and easy-to-understand content for publications, institutions and universities.


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Titles At Your Library

How To Be a Value Investor
ISBN: 0070794014

McGraw-Hill. 1999

"From the bare basics to tips for the self-made sophisticate, Lisa Holton captures both the art and science of contrarian investing in her book HOW TO BE A VALUE INVESTOR, arming investors with the necessary tools and information they need to make informed investment decisions. Holton not only emphasizes the age-old values of investing—patience, due diligence, and conviction—but also brings a contemporary angle to her approach, making a convincing case for value investing as a wise and lucrative choice."
- Eric McKissack, CFA, Vice chairman and co-chief investment officer, Ariel Mutual Funds.

HOW TO BE A VALUE INVESTOR is designed to help you master—within hours!—the art and science of value investing. Built on the rock-solid value investing tenets that guided Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, and others, this concise but comprehensive wealth-building blueprint gives you practical, hands-on techniques so you can squeeze the most profit from today's volatile markets. Look for these other user-friendly books in The McGraw-Hill Mastering the Market Series:
How to Be a Growth Investor
How to Be a Sector Investor
How to Be a Small-Cap Investor.

The Essential Dictionary of Real Estate: Completely Up-to-Date; Over 3,000 Real Estate Terms Explained
ISBN: 0760739072

Barnes & Noble. 2003

"A" is for A la Carte Real Estate Service--transactions rendered one at a time instead of a commission-based, full service relationship. "Z" is for Zero Rate Loan, a loan with a large down payment and the balance to be paid in equal payments over a short period of time, with no interest charged. (Usually offered by an eager seller.) These terms, and everything in between, are found in this handy, easy-to-use dictionary, which defines all you need to know, from Appraisals to Zoning. It contains more than 2,000 words and concepts, all simply defined and with illustrations, charts, and graphs. Whether you're buying your first home, renovating an old one, or negotiating a purchase of investment property, this essential reference can help you simplify the complex terms and legalese that you'll find in every aspect of owning real estate.


Lisa Holton was formerly a business editor at the Chicago Sun-Times.

For Members Only: A History and Guide to Chicago's Oldest Private Clubs
ISBN: 1893121283

Lake Claremont Press. 2008

Providing an opportunity to see how the business, nonprofit, and political leaders of Chicago shaped the city for more than 140 years behind closed doors, this book consolidates the histories of current and former private social clubs in words, pictures, and first-person commentary. Chicago would be a very different place without the contributions made by the members of the city’s landmark clubs—which have been oases for the rich and privileged, playgrounds for the social set, and private watering holes for the city’s movers and shakers—and this resource discusses how clubs once restricted by race, sex, and birthright, enclaves that flourished in the days of Marshall Field and Louis Sullivan, have adapted to a modern society. With chapters devoted to the city’s top clubs and a guide to current membership requirements, readers explore the past, present, and future of these elite communities.

Chicago's Private Clubs: A Rich and Unexpected History

There wouldn't be a Burnham Plan. The World's Columbian Exposition wouldn't be in our history books. Al Capone might have lived out his days with a comfortable grasp on Chicago's crime rackets. . . . The 2000 moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois might not have had the support it did, and Millennium Park might still be merely a grand idea instead of the showpiece it is today.

As Lisa Holton writes in her introduction, Chicago would be a very different place without the contributions made by the members of the city's private social clubs. Yet most of us walk past their stately facades without any idea what goes on within. Holton, a freelance writer and former business editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, reveals a fascinating history of the hidden world that has united--and divided--the city's leaders since Chicago's first days.

These clubs have been oases for the rich and privileged, playgrounds for the social set, private watering holes for the city's movers and shakers. Places that, certainly at their inception, most of us couldn't get in.

Here's your chance to enter that world, to see how the business, nonprofit, and political leaders of Chicago shaped the city for more than 140 years behind these closed doors. With chapters devoted to the city's top clubs and a guide to current membership requirements, explore the past, present, and future of these elite communities. Learn how clubs that flourished in the days of Marshall Field and Louis Sullivan, enclaves once restricted by race, sex, and birthright, have adapted to a modern society. Whether you're a prospective member or a student of Chicago history, For Members Only is the first comprehensive book consolidating the histories of these current and former landmark clubs in words, pictures, and first-person commentary.

The Everything Guide to Mortgages Book: Find the perfect loan to finance the home of your dreams
ISBN: 1598696114

Everything. 2008

Finding the right home can be easy. Finding the right mortgage-one you can afford-can be a challenge. You need to arm yourself with the latest information so you can make the right decision for you and your family, especially in the current housing market. In plain English, finance expert Lisa Horton shines a light on the confusing world of points, interest rates, and credit scores. Whether you're buying your first home, trading up to a larger one, or buying a rental property, you'll find all you need inside.

Learn how to:

  • Save for a down payment and prepare to borrow
  • Understand credit reports and credit scores
  • Deal with banks, mortgage brokers, and online lenders
  • Refinance a mortgage

The Everything Mortgage Book teaches you how lenders work, how different kinds of loans are structured, and what they're best for. You'll also learn which mortgage practices and loans you should avoid. Whether you have a great credit history or a poor one, you'll be able to get the best loan for your most important purchase-your home.

Lisa Holton is the author of How to be a Value Investor, The Essential Dictionary of Real Estate, and the Encyclopedia of Financial Planning. She is a contributing writer for the Financial Planning Association on consumer finance and retirement planning issues. Ms. Holton heads the Lisa Company, a writing, editing, and research firm. She lives in Evanston, IL.


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