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The Common Sense Guide to Real Estate Investing Paperback – August 12, 2010


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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453715053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453715055
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jan B. Brzeski is the founder of Standard Capital, LLC, a real estate investment advisor based in Los Angeles, California. He teaches a course about real estate investment at UCLA Extension.

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I have tried to read or at least leaf through all of the recommended real estate investment books in the market. In my opinion, The Common Sense Guide to Real Estate Investing is the clearest and most helpful book I have encountered.

Mr. Brzeski starts with a basic introduction to the field but quickly builds up the reader's knowledge so that the later, more sophisticated chapters are also easily understood. He then delves into more advanced topics and ends with a number of very helpful case studies which illustrate the concepts presented throughout the book.

There are any number of books that show how to calculate a cap rate or a gross rent multiplier, however Mr. Brzeski's text is the only one I have come across that acknowledges specific issues for different types of investment properties - for example, the need to establish a strong anchor and jr. anchor in a shopping center, or the strategy of buying low density properties (relative to the surroundings) in order to preserve the ability to develop and increase density in the future. In case you are curious Mr. Brzeski also includes very clear instructions for calculating and understanding cap rates as well as all of the other necessary formulae.

This book is an excellent introductory primer to investment real estate and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the topic.
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By KamranB on August 24, 2011
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This book explains the basic principals of real estate investment in a simple language, yet it is complete and thorough enough to educate the reader with the most important concepts. I particularly found the case studies to be very informative.
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I had the pleasure of stumbling across this book while looking for a resource to learn about real estate investing. It approaches the subject of value-based real estate investing by breaking down an extremely diverse and complex subject into easy-to-read subjects. I must also add, the illustrations throughout the book are quirky and enjoyable, and they provided excellent visuals to a serious topic. It is clear that Jan Brzeski is a seasoned investor, and this book is an invaluable tool for both new and experienced investors alike.
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