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Maverick Real Estate Investing: The Art of Buying and Selling Properties Like Trump, Zell, Simon, and the World's Greatest Land Owners 1st Edition

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"This well-researched book provides insight not available elsewhere...this superb book rates a solid 10." -- Robert J. Bruss Iman News, March 30, 2004 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471739472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471739470
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Copeland on February 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book doesn't get heavy in the real details of exactly how these deals are done. It's a little broad, but I will say that it helps any investor see how multi million dollar office building deals are made accross the country. It will outline what these tycoons and most are billionaires do in different cycles of the markets..... bottom line they buy in distress cheaply, improve net operating incomes and position these properties to generate millions of dollars in profits....... It's good info for knowing how to handle down markets, how much of an equity position to sustain, and also what it takes to put deals together with syndications..... If you want to get big in commercial real estate its worth the money and time to read it..... if you want to flip or hold a small portfolio of single family homes or apartment complexes don't waste your time with this book read the many others that are published for the smaller investor. Blake-------- bldgassets247@yahoo.com
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Format: Hardcover
unless you consider some of the "Maverick Approach's" such as: Take your time negotiating, Work out the numbers before negotiating, Stay focused on your goals and Be willing to take chances- as advice you could only get from this book. Puh-leez.
This book is interesting for the stories of various Big-Time real estate mogul types (outside of The Donald) and some behind the scenes aspects of some of their deals that it covers (Melvin Simon, Eli Broad, Peter and Steven Lowy, Sam Zell, etc. that dont usually get as much coverage as Mr. Trump.) But DO NOT buy this book for specific real estate advice.
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Format: Hardcover
Author Steve Bergsman does a good job here of introducing the various players on the big property, and even bigger money scene in his first book, MAVERICK REAL ESTATE INVESTING.

For those who have not intimately studied the business affairs and strategies of Trump, Lowy, Shorenstein, Hines, Zell, Simon, et. al., this is as good a 'round-the-horn effort as it gets in getting to know each of them just a wee bit better.

My opinion? If you're anything like me, you'll blow through these chapters like a whirlwind, grabbing a nugget or two here or there. Its content will--at the end of the day--stick firmly in your mind, and you'll eventually find yourself thinking of it at the seemingly oddest times.

Better. If anything, reading MAVERICK REAL ESTATE INVESTING will doubtless instigate further curiosity, and for at least certain of the source materials Bergsman suggests in his rather meticulous follow-up notes.

If you read through from cover to cover, you'll realize there's a fair bit of continuity you can come to expect from Bergsman's style. He tends to reiterate the salient themes and terms for clarity and familiarity, though the paucity of background information--for instance, HOW did Paul Reichmann acquire that property in question?, or WHY did Fred Lowy decide to purchase that shopping mall in Connecticut?--will send you scampering back to the public library or to the megabookstore in search of a proper biography (should one exist) on that very subject.

I found myself in this particular state of thinking on at least a few times during my readthrough.

In Mr. Bergsman's defence, I suppose he was somewhat limited by what his subjects under the microscope permitted him to publish here in these short--but sweet--chapters.
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Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading Maverick Real Estate Investing and found it not only helpful in regard to investing, but I enjoyed the biographies of World's Greatest Land Owners. Not only were the tips helpful, but the bios really helped me see how to use the information.
I have read a lot of biographies and a lot of information books, the mixed format of this book really made the information more accessible. A great read too. Really inspiring.
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By A Customer on June 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a decent book to get good ideas and see how some of the big players got started and their operating philophies. I would love to have seen more details on the specifics of how they were able to do the deals they did but the concepts are there.
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Good review of real estate basics. A tour through types and strategies. Good starting point for a young professional or someone interested in the field. Information sometimes applicable to US market, but still interesting and worthwhile.
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Format: Hardcover
I've been a professional real estate investor for many years, and still learned a lot from this book. It features the secrets and strategies of today's leading real estate mavericks, including Donald Trump and Sam Zell. The author presents the key strategies each of these experts use when making deals. While these are some very big players, the strategies they suggest can apply to even the smallest deal. I highly recommend the book for both new and more experienced investors, whether you are simply buying a home or looking to invest in other types of properties.
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This is a fun and illustrative book on the very generals of Real Estate Investing. It mentions players and their top business deals, but lacks the depth one would normally look in a business specialty book. There is another tome in this series, called Maverick Real Estate Financing, which explains in more detail the types of financing and the process of obtaining them. I believe that is a better overall book than this, although not as fun to read.
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