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Nothing Down for the 90s Hardcover – November 15, 1990


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Rev Sub edition (November 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671725580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671725587
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,002,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book, last revised in 1984, Allen preaches the gospel of material success through real estate investment. His system involves identifying properties (primarily multi-unit dwellings) that can be had on excellent terms or below market value because the sellers ("don't wanters") are anxious to get rid of them, then devising creative ways to borrow money (from banks, partners, or even the seller) for the down payment. Allen's hucksterism may grate, but he delivers the goods: dozens of fully realized "nothing down" techniques with financial details. Since the savings and loan crisis will dump staggering amounts of foreclosed real estate on the market, with Uncle Sam as the ultimate "don't wanter," this may be big news for the '90s. Recommended.
- Jack Ray, Loyola/Notre Dame Lib., Baltimore
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Must read for any real estate invester.
ovvh@aol.com
From a personal standpoint most people can (if they try by using the principles in this book) buy good properties for little or no money down.
Guy M. Blasi
I also recommend Creating Wealth as your first two Robert Allen and wealth building books.
Chuck Kimbriel

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167 of 170 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I must admit that this is not a get rich quick plan. This books shows a simplified, easy to read, excellent 10 to 15 year get rich plan, through long term real estate investing. The author never suggests that you will become rich overnight. The book starts with some basic ideas and continues to give many examples of nothing down purchases, negotiating hints, financing hints, creative financing hints and much more. The best part about this book is that you learn to invest with o.p.m. (other peoples money). I can honestly say that I have used many of Robert Allen's techniques over the past few years and believe me, they work! I must have read this book 20 or 30 times and each time I learn more techniques and motivate myself. I read many books about investing "Charles Givens, Gordon Pape, David Chilton, Discounted second mortgages etc etc etc etc. When Robert Allen talks about nothing down real estate investing he means nothing down. My purchases were made with 100% financing and I even borrowed enough to cover the closing costs. This is by far the best. A must read for any real estate investor.
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98 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this book back in the 80's and it was great. I bought several income producing rnetal properties. I also used this in the early 90's when Clinon-omics created numerous foreclosures and downsizing. I was able to help people save their credit while finding income opportunities for myself.
Robert Allens system works. It worked in the 70's. It worked in the 80's It worked in the 90's and oh by the way, it's still working now. I know because I am still using these techniques.
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95 of 95 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Nothing Down is the all time real estate classic and still selling for only one reason--It works.
There are other books out there written by non real estate investors who just like to write books. Allen is a real estate investor. This book is for real estate investors who want to know what works, not theory on what might work.
I highly recommend Nothing Down. It's the best. Also recommend anything else written by Robert Allen that you can get your hands. It has not been nicknamed "The Millionaire Teacher" by his students for nothing. HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT.
Great book. Thank you Robert and Happy Easter!
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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By tony defrancisco on February 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought my first home with nothing down using Bob Allens techniques. I also bought rental properties, no money down.I like the Win/Win philosphy that Mr Allen teaches. I win, you win. Investor wins, tenant wins. I make money, so does the other guy.I also recommend Real Estate for Real People and Real Estate Money Machine by Wade Cook. Brilliant Deductions is also a must read for any serious Real Estate Investor.
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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought the original version of this book in a used book store for $2.98 (sorry Robert!) applied the techniques and not only bought my own home, no money down but built a stream of income via rental properties.
For $2.98 I got back hundreds of thousands. I went throught his book so many times, it was so dog eared that it literally fell apart! So I went out and bought this edition. Even better. New and improved and it's holding together although it is also getting dog eared as well.
I also recommend The 1 Minute Millionaire and Multiple Streams of Income, also by RA.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By MISTER SJEM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book will teach a number of concepts:
(1) That deals can be found if you're willing to put in the time; figure for every 100 ads you call about, 10 will be good enough to make offers on and maybe 2-3 will be accepted;
(2) How to use more than just your money to pay your down;
(3) How to use the rents to pay your down payment by structuring the closing in that manner;
(4) How to negotiate nothing down deals;
(5) proper terminology to look for in the paper to spot someone who will do a nothing down deal;
(6) using bartering items as nothing down money (some letters in back did this in real life);
(7) exchanging for nothing down deals (advanced technique);
(8) getting short term loans (hard money); and
(9) getting long term loans (banks).
TWO POINTS NOT COVERED THAT ARE WORTH CONSIDERATION:
(1) CASHFLOW: it's important to look at the numbers with rents minus mortgage payments and expenses (typically 30% for rental units). Nothing down deals can be accomplished but many times, b/c no money is put down, it puts the monthly cashflow in the negative. Now, there are ways to work around neg. cashflow per month but, as there are better deals out there, why start there? Anyway, something to watch out for; and
(2) LOCATION OF NOTHING DOWN DEALS: growing small areas have way more nothing down deals . .. places like the Calif Bay Area are less likely to have this . .. still possible but you will need to look around much more. Options around this might be having a partner in another area, moving to another area or putting up with less opportunities in areas, such as the Bay Area, which are more tuned towards the value of the real estate than the cashflow.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1997
Format: Hardcover
My perception: if an author promises me I can build enormous wealth from nothing, the scheme is one of two things. Either I'll be learning to take advantage of someone else's ignorance, or the author is planning to do the same to me.

Not so with Robert Allen's "Nothing Down for the 90s". There are ways to acquire real estate with little or no risk to the buyer and nothing up front invested. Allen is specific, detailing many creative deals he and others have made. His prose is readable and inspiring, making the book a fast and informative read.

His credibility lies in this: to execute such deals requires research and cunning. "Sweat equity" in a sense, in negotiating a buy; replacing money with effort. Although these ideas are not for getting rich quick, they do enable one to buy with nothing down. Even better, the seller is happy too.

Not for the faint at heart, but definitely do-able ideas.
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