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“The book covers many topics, starting with a sound approach for determining whether owning a business is the right move for you at this stage of your life. From there, the book transitions to practical matters. Other books cover similar ground, but this book does a great job of covering all of the most important topics in a single book. We do many business book reviews each year, and this is one of our favorites. It’s a must-read for new entrepreneurs.”
—Gaebler, Resources for Entrepreneurs

About the Author

Danielle Babb, Ph.D., MBA, has appeared as featured guest on MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business as a real estate and technology expert. Beginning in 2008, Babb appears as a regular guest on the Today Show, advising everyday people on real estate matters.

See Dr. Dani every Saturday on “The Fox Docs”—Fox Business from 1-2 p.m. EST

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592578071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592578078
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,839,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Dani Babb is a professor, a speaker, an author and television commentator for most major news outlets. She runs The Babb Group, Inc. and The Babb Group Real Estate, Inc.

Dr. Babb has a PhD in Organization and Management with an Information Technology Emphasis, an MBA with an Information Technology Emphasis and a Bachelor of Science in Business. She is a licensed real estate agent and real estate broker in the State of California. Her areas of expertise are entrepreneurship, real estate, online education, and quantitative analysis.

Dr. Dani works in two primary fields, both vital to entrepreneurship: online education and real estate. She helps online professors get into the field of online teaching and learn how to begin or advance their careers as online teachers. Through her work, she also guides adult students into making good decisions when they decide the time is right to go back to school. She offers products & services on her website to help professors, universities and students. Dr. Babb runs the largest online forum for online professors in the United States.

Dani is also a market commentator and real estate analyst, with a California-based real estate brokerage business. She breaks down market data and reports for consumers in ways that they can use the information and make practical decisions with an interpretation that is often unlike other analysts.

For fun, she enjoys political strategy, travel, working out, healthy banter, fashion, a great belly laugh, travel, and hanging out with her daughter -- oh, and carbon fiber on a really fast car. :) Who doesn't love that!

Dr. Babb spends her time primarily in New York City and Southern California. You can connect with her on social media at:

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mspicala on March 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great book if you are stuck in that unfortunate position of needing to leave and rent out your own house like I was. I found this to be an excellent source of information providing different perspectives on how to rent out a property depending on your individual situation. She points out some of the normal pitfalls people run into and how to avoid them as well as whether or not becoming a landlord is for you. Danielle does a great job of not only providing usable information but she also includes credible online sites and tools relevant to the needs of a landlord. With all the random information available out there it was extremely helpful to not only get the facts but also the tools to be successful. With the information Danielle provides in this book I was able successfully market my property, screen potential tenants (extremely important!!) and provide binding lease agreement to my tenant. I am now a successful landlord and I would highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Nazur on March 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent first step in creating wealth as a result of not so favorable circumstances in the mortgage markets today. As relocations and moves occur through no fault of your own, this book provides an easy to understand framework of what needs to happen in order to become a successful landlord, whether intentionally or as the title indicates, by accident. It is clear that the author speaks from a position of authority and experience.

Admittedly, this last move, I became an Accidental Landlord and personally followed much of the advice in the book as it applied to my personal circumstances.

It is a great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lambert Munz on September 3, 2010
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I have been in the real estate business 45 years and property management 27 years. This is the best book I have read on guidance for owners that can't sell their homes, now must become a reluctant landlord.

It is for those that wish to brave this rental business without a property manager.

SIDEBAR: I never have to sell property management. Others do that for us. Agents, other landlords, and DIY landlords that are exhausted.

If you want to learn the business and rather do it yourself - this book is for you. Great detail on all aspects of the business.

As Dr. Babb points out the tenant has exclusive possession of your home. This means that only the tenant and members of the tenant's household or those invited have a right to be there. In the lease there is a covenant of quiet enjoyment, which promises that the tenant has control over who comes into their rental.

If you as an owner can't accept those conditions, don't get into the rental business.

I recommend this book for veterans and property managers as a refresher of the stuff you need to know to manage tenants and income property.

by Lambert Munz
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennydotco on June 7, 2012
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The book was okay. I bought this book while buying my first property. It is a really basic book. If you know absolutely nothing about real estate investing you could start here. I was recommended this book, but after reading through it I wasn't blown away with the content. Most of it was pretty obvious stuff. Listen to the Dave Ramsey show enough and you'll learn a lot from other's stupid mistakes, and find a better book to get deeper into land lording.
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