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This is not a get-rich-quick-on-real-estate scheme and plan. In fact, media host and author (Get Clark Smart, 2002; Clark Smart Big Book of Bargains , 2003; and other titles) Howard and coauthor Meltzer specifically emphasize, again and again, that real estate investments demand a long-term perspective--and patience. Each of the five sections--buying, selling, investing, financing, and taxes and insurance--begins with a list of questions to ask, then concludes by summarizing that section's key points. House and home facts and processes are presented without hype, with Howard's distinctive point of view. These ideas include the following: begin preparation by checking your credit score and fixing it if need be, anyone buying real estate should look at a minimum of 100 properties, selling a house yourself is not recommended, wait to buy real estate as an investment until there are lulls in the market, expect to rent foreign houses for at least two years before buying, and time-shares are a waste. Honest and direct advice. Barbara Jacobs
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Clark Howard is the host of The Clark Howard Show, a radio talk show syndicated in more than ninety cities around the country. He is also a featured commentator on WSB-TV in Atlanta and a columnist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Mark Meltzer is an editor at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Both authors reside in Atlanta.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140130785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401307851
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very clear info.
Darrell
I just felt it was way too basic and didn't include much specific information.
Ayodele Mellor
He believes that the way to do it is through good decisions over time.
Mariusz Skonieczny

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ayodele Mellor on May 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Let me first say that I am a HUGE fan of Clark Howard. I love his show and listen to it every day. I go to his website for advice and information and enjoy hearing his commentary.

However, I really feel that this book was a waste of time for me to read, and I'm no real estate expert. I was hoping to get more in-depth information on real estate investing. This as more of an intro to real estate book for dummies. This would be great for someone who knows NOTHING about buying a house and even then I felt that a lot of the advice was common sense knowledge.

Maybe I feel this way because after having listened to his show for years, maybe I've already heard most of what he has to say. Perhaps something in this book would be news to another person. I don't know, but I would not call this the "Ultimate Guide to Buying Real Estate." I just felt it was way too basic and didn't include much specific information. It would be better named "A Basic Introduction to Real Estate."

But I still love Clark!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Ender on July 19, 2007
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I found that this book offers clear and concise tips for many areas pertaining to real estate. We are considering selling our home and I have gained some great pointers that I would not have thought of on my own. This book has the same "Clark-smartness" that comes across on his radio show and other books. Highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Berry on February 18, 2008
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Sound, practical advice for anyone buying real estate. I have owned 4 rentals over the years & I KNOW that Clark's aproach will work. This is NOT a book that says "anyone can buy real estate with no money down, no much how much you owe." Instead, this is a "slow-growth" approach that endorses a conservative, careful approach to real estate investing. Know what you are buying, do your homework first, etc. - and Clark shows you how to get the information you need. This is THE book to read before buying a personal home or an investment property. Because I think so much like Clark, I borrowed a copy from the library;but I strongly recommend that anyone new to real estate purchasing BUY a copy to keep. You will want it with you every step of the way, from searching for a good deal to choosing investment lenders & negotiating mortgage rates.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evie Evie on June 5, 2008
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Book was a good primer; brief and general, but I wanted more specifics in certain areas; overall, it's a good reference book to keep on your shelf for a quick refresher.
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I really like the Clark Howard radio show, but I wasn't that impressed with this book. I bought it when we were getting into the market to buy our next house for our expanding family. It seemed more geared toward the investor which I didn't realize before I bought it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mariusz Skonieczny on August 14, 2009
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At first when I saw a guy throwing money on the cover of this book, I thought to myself, "Not again. Another get-rich-quick-and-borrow-a-lot book on real estate." But I was quite surprised. The author does believe in real estate as a way to get rich, but slowly not quickly. He believes that the way to do it is through good decisions over time. I also liked that he did not try to prove that real estate is better than stocks or mutual funds. He simply said that real estate is part of the investment puzzle and to do well, you need fundamental knowledge. I wish that more authors would learn this from him.

I have to warn readers that this book is mainly for beginners. If you have purchased properties before, this book may be too easy. But it has good information. For example, when buying properties, he advises buyers to check which the school district the property is in, how old the mechanicals systems (heating, air-conditioning, water heater) are, and whether the property is in a flood plain. Not many books even mention this.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew R. Winship on August 10, 2008
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As a rookie in real estate investing I learned alot from this book. Clark Howard's writing style is easy to read and understand.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George_MD on March 15, 2011
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Quick and easy read, straight to the point.
Beware of Investment property advise though - Mr. Clark suggesting that buying a rental property where collected rent is less than PITI (Principal, Interest, Property Taxes and Insurance) is ok since you are going to increase rents each year. If you want to buy an "investment" that will eat your cash for years to come - follow this advise. Otherwise beware.
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