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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a property management guide
From the title, you might think this is just another guide to managing rental properties. While it certainly is that, it's also much more. The author begins with a discussion of entrepreneurship and real estate, pointing out that real estate investors are entrepreneurs by the nature of what they do.
After explaining a variety of investment vehicles, Rider boils it...
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3.0 out of 5 stars I am very satisfied with the book.
Big Book and Landlords Property Manager was my first book purchased from Amazon. The book was kept up and clean. The price was great. I am very satisfied with the product. Very satisfied with the book. I will probably continue to purchase other books from Amazon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a property management guide, February 26, 2007
This review is from: Great Big Book For Landlords and Property Managers (Great Big Book for Landlords & Property Managers) (Paperback)
From the title, you might think this is just another guide to managing rental properties. While it certainly is that, it's also much more. The author begins with a discussion of entrepreneurship and real estate, pointing out that real estate investors are entrepreneurs by the nature of what they do.
After explaining a variety of investment vehicles, Rider boils it down: "You have to buy into the idea that the single best asset you can have related to any real estate investment is a solid, rent-paying tenant." He describes how to manage and maintain both residential and commercial properties, beginning with a thorough explanation of land use regulations which dictate what developers can do with property and then how owners and tenants can use it.

This book is rich with charts, lists, and illustrations. Rider's own experience validates his information and advice. Throughout the book, Rider includes definitions in boxes to further explain the terms he is using (in addition to a comprehensive glossary). Readers will also appreciate his "Heads Up" notes with warnings and alerts.
Rider takes complicated issues and makes them easy to understand. While he doesn't discuss how to market for tenants, he does give clear advice for negotiating lease terms and maintaining your relationship with tenants once you have them. Great Big Book for Landlords and Property Managers: The Care and Keeping of Tenants is a must for any serious real estate investor's library.

Jacquelyn Lynn, author of The Entrepreneur's Almanac: Fundamentals, Facts and Figures You Need to Run and Grow Your Business, Online Shopper's Survival Guideand co-author of Make Big Profits on Ebay: Start Your Own Million $ Business
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - great coverage of a broad range of topics, October 23, 2010
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This review is from: Great Big Book For Landlords and Property Managers (Great Big Book for Landlords & Property Managers) (Paperback)
If you're a real estate amateur or novice, this book will help you understand much more about real estate. This book's title is deceiving - it sounds kind of tacky and related to just managing property. In reality, it covers a broad variety of topics including buying, selling, improving, residential, commercial, zoning, financing, and more!

I was looking for this kind of book and was surprised to find the information in this book. It gives a no nonsense, rational explanation of almost all things real estate. It covers just enough to point out the major issues involved and key definitions with each topic, and makes the reader aware of items to consider in real estate. It is written in a simple-to-understand way, and does not over-do examples like many books do - this results in 233 pages of content, with several appendices of examples.

I would give it 4.5 stars because it mixes residential and commercial. Some items are clearly delineated, but others start mix the two together, making it more difficult for someone who only cares about one or the other. Also, the included CD isn't very helpful - it has some example spreadsheets but they aren't really useful.

Overall, a great overview of real estate that covers more than just the basics. The book can help you take your understanding to the next level.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I am very satisfied with the book., February 22, 2014
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This review is from: Great Big Book For Landlords and Property Managers (Great Big Book for Landlords & Property Managers) (Paperback)
Big Book and Landlords Property Manager was my first book purchased from Amazon. The book was kept up and clean. The price was great. I am very satisfied with the product. Very satisfied with the book. I will probably continue to purchase other books from Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, October 15, 2013
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Great starting point for commercial or residential landlords. Easy to read and understand. Just what I was looking for. Thank you!
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