First, the professional side: I am the author of "What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow...," now in its second edition. It is actually about a lot more than just cash flow. It provides readers with a basic grasp of how income property investments really work and serves as a handbook for understanding essential financial measures related to real estate investing. I have a second book, "Insider Secrets to Financing Your Real Estate Investments," which was released in December 2004. In 2008 I released "Mastering Real Estate Investment," a sequel of sorts to the "Cash Flow" book.
My company's website, realdata.com, has a strong educational component and I write a series of articles about real estate investment and development for that site. Speaking of education, I also serve as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Columbia University's Master of Science in Real Estate Development program, teaching real estate finance.
I founded RealData in 1981 to provide usable, affordable software for investors and developers who weren't necessarily proficient with computers. Most of our products perform pro-forma analyses that range from basic to quite sophisticated. Besides information about this software, my company's site offers a variety of resources that you should find useful if you're interested in real estate investing or development.
On the personal side: I started off life in Hoboken, NJ, home of the other Frank -- the one who could sing. We moved to Connecticut when I was about 6 and that's where I've lived ever since. I graduated from Yale in 1968 and then taught English and math for several years in New Haven. That might explain why I've written books with a lot of formulas and no split infinitives. I received a graduate degree in education, then left the classroom to go into real estate, became an investor and the rest, to coin a cliche, is history. My wife Jean and I have a son who teaches and lives in China with his wife and darling baby daughter. He also entertains us with a monthly newspaper column about his life there. We have a daughter, also married, who lives nearby and who has blessed us with a beautiful grandson.
My CV notwithstanding, I always wanted to be a writer, although the great American novel was really what I had in mind. Nonetheless, I'm very grateful for the opportunity to be launched into print. And maybe that novel is still lurking somewhere.