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"If you're interested in moving up to bigger and better real estate deals, you simply must read Matt Martinez's new book.”
--Robert Irwin, bestselling author of How to Get Started in Real Estate Investing

The Guide to the Hottest Real Estate Investment on the Market--Apartment Buildings

“Matthew Martinez explains the complex subject of apartment investing in clear, concise terms that everyone will find accessible and readable. He includes valuable resources and demonstrates with numerous real-life examples how to get started in this lucrative segment of the real estate market.”
--Michael C. Thomsett, author, Real Estate Market Valuation and Analysis and Beyond the Bubble

“This entire book is a valuable must-read for anyone interested in multi-units, and shows investors how easy and profitable it can be investing in multi-units with Matt's guidance".
--Andy Heller, coauthor of Buy Low, Rent Smart, Sell High and Buy Even Lower

“Rich in advice and details needed for day-to-day operations, Matt's insights are extremely helpful to beginners and professionals alike. The next few years will set the stage for a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to buy apartments at distressed prices. Buy this book, and get ready for the ride of your life!”
--Marcel Arsenault, couthor, Foundations of Wealth: How to Build a Real Estate Empire

“As a lender for apartment properties, nothing is more satisfying than to see a real estate entrepreneur invest in a value-add property, make improvements and realize tremendous profit. Matt's book provides the tools for success that are essential for anyone interested in building a winning real estate portfolio.”
--Daniel M. Palmier, president & CEO, Potomac Realty Capital

About the Author

Matthew A. Martinez has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal and Money. He is also a Real Estate Coach at AOL.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071498869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071498869
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beacon Hill Property Group, a private real estate investment company that acquires value-add income-producing properties, was established in 1999 by Matthew Martinez.

The company's transaction expertise covers a broad range of disciplines including multifamily, retail, property management, consulting, construction and development. In a principal capacity, Matthew has been successful in a number of real estate ventures.

- He is currently the adviser to several private equity groups that have raised more than $1 billion dollars to acquire distressed multifamily assets
- He has bought and sold numerous real estate projects
- He has skillfully raised private capital to acquire income-producing real estate assets throughout the United States.
I- n 2002 he founded the Landlord and Investor Group (LIG), the largest real estate investment association in New England. With more than 2,500 members, LIG helps investors excel in the real estate industry by educating and sharing best practices and time-proven strategies.
- He is the best selling author of three investing books.
- He is a spokesperson for Intuit's rental property management software and an AOL Money Coach.

Matthew serves on the housing committee for Travelers Aid Family Services, a Boston-based non-profit founded in 1920 to assist the poor and disadvantaged with their housing needs.

He is also a member of the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership's (MBHP) Board of Directors. MBHP helps individuals and families find and retain affordable housing. MBHP is the state's largest provider of rental voucher assistance, serving the homeless, elderly, disabled, and low- and moderate-income residents of Boston and 29 surrounding communities.

Matthew Martinez founded a scholarship to support single parents who are determined to obtain a college degree so that they may improve their earning capacity and improve their family's long-term economic stability. The scholarship was founded as a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Boston, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP) and Beacon Hill Property Group

Matthew has never wavered in his commitment to supporting his community. He has been involved in many charitable causes and civic organizations over the years.

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This book covers the basics of purchasing an apartment complex or duplex. It doesn't throroughly cover how to inspect the potential building, sources to learn about inspection, purchasing foreclosures ins and outs, handling renters, laws pertaining to landlords, etc. This book has some information to learn about this potential investment but is not in depth enough in my opinion.
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I bought this book anticipating a reasonably sophisticated treatment of apartment building buying/selling/operating. What I got was a book that couldn't have taken more than a month to write. Blah Blah Blah, why apartments are great/risky/worth it. About 3 pages of number crunching in the entire book. Save your money for something else.
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As an investor in apartments and commercial real estate broker specializing in apartments, I found this to be a great primer with accurate information for the novice investor. It's an easy read and provides up to date information on the state of the real estate market. Investors will find this book to be a great tool and resource in helping them understand how and why apartments can be a launch pad to greater wealth and larger properties with positive cash flow.
I have found that many uninformed investors buy the wrong property at the wrong price and get burned. Using the income approach to value gives investors the knowledge to become successful and build wealth through their real estate investments.
I am ordering more copies of this book to hand out to my novice investors in an effort to educate them.
Thanks for such a well written piece.
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I found this book to be the best one on the subject of apartment investing. The author says that there are three types of income: earned, portfolio, and passive. Most people have jobs so they earn income, but they might also have some portfolio income from stocks or bonds. Real estate, and specifically, apartments, can provide passive income. Apartments fall into two categories: two to four units and five or more units. Two-to-four units are considered residential and can be financed with residential loans. Five units and up are considered commercial and have to be financed with commercial loans. This distinction is important because residential loans are usually 30-year loans and can be refinanced whenever the owner wishes, while commercial loans are either 3, 5, or 7-year loans, and they must be refinanced at the end of these terms.

The author does a really good job showing readers how to source properties, perform due diligence, find financing, and sell properties. I also liked how he provided resources at the end of the book such as top multi-family lenders. I definitely recommend this book to readers.

- 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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Mathew Martinez continues his good work with this book on apartment investing. I knew he was different than most real estate authors after reading his first book, '2 Years to a Million in Real Estate'. He writes about his personal experiences in a clear, informative manner and does not cloud information in hyperbole.

The introduction about the woes facing the middle class is timely. I believe that, one by one, millions of Americans will find out that the comfortable life and retirement they expected for themselves will not be possible without some diversification out of paper assets. Real Estate, and apartment buildings in particular, offer an excellent means for people to go beyond their 9-to-5 grind and to establish some financial security and perhaps even prosperity.

Matthew's logical description of working your farm area, sourcing properties, buying smart, doing your due diligence, financing, property management (which in the beginning includes landlording) and finally exit strategies is brief and yet complete. These are the steps you'll need to go through and the basic information you'll need to understand.

In addition to helpful advice and simple language, Matthew's inclusion of inspiring quotes, useful websites and major multifamily lenders rounds out this superb book for the novice apartment building investor. As with all books like this, the real value is in putting the information into action. I've been a real estate investor for a few years and have seen many investors make good money by combining simple techniques with consistent effort. The best review of Matt's book is the positive results you can achieve by following his advice!

Great job!

- RAJ
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This is a very well written book. But, I think there are some room for improvement especially a section on risks.

1. Negative cash flow risks. A cap-6 property is considered to have good returns. However, if vacancy in a cap-6 property falls below 80%, there is a good chance, the owners start having negative cash flow every month. Considering that as opposed to houses where land is a limiting factor, apartments can be relatively easily built, this is a risk factor.

2. It would nice if the author discussed loans a little more. For example, what is the typical uptick for 4-unit or 10-unit interest rates as opposed to primary residences? Also, how likely is it for a a first investor to get interest-only loans. Regular loans may lead to negative cash flows.
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