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Perpetual Income: How-to Generate Cash Flow from Low-End House Investments Paperback – July 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Infoleverage (July 1, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0964438011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964438019
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bryan Wittenmyer is an author and entrepreneur with nearly 20 years experience. His background includes experience in small business start-ups and management. He is the author of Real Estate Business and Investment Opportunities, available through Amazon.com

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This book, and anything published by Bryan, in my opinion, is a must read.
Adam Mikiewicz
It's more like the author sitting down to dinner with you and telling you everything he's learned in his years of investing.
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This is the absolute best book to buy on the subject of buying and rehabbing properties.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Real Estate Investor on January 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
"Perpetual Income" by Bryan Wittenmyer is an excellent second book written by the Reading, Pa. native. He has done the investing in low end rental houses that he writes about in his book. He shares his experiences, observations, techniques, and secrets in an easy to read 183 page book. His vehicle of choice is low end houses to generate that perpetual income promised in the book's title. But his rich background of nearly 20 years can easily be applied to rental houses in all price ranges, He writes about favoring houses with 3 or 4 bedrooms to attract and keep family tenants. Gas heat is his favorite heat choice, for example, because it is the cheapest. And even when the tenants are paying the utilities, "cheap utilities mean happy tenants, which means less turnover." Conversely electric baseboard heat while being the cheapest to install is the most expensive to operate. Many a tenant has moved from an electrically heated unit because of the high monthly costs. Lack of vacancy is a major contributor to the success of rental houses. Bryan also extols the virtues of exteriors of brick, stone or cement saying "the more the better."
Tenant selection, repairs, revenue collection are other topics discussed in this book. The author writes of the pitfalls as well as the rewards without sugar coating the benefits of real estate. This is not a get rich quick scheme, though there is a chapter on his plan to have a house free and clear in 60 months. There are topics discussed in this book such as water, sewer and property tax traps, that are seldom if ever written about in other real estate investment books. He has obviously learned much about rental houses and shares his experiences with the readers. He discusses in the book buying houses with defective titles, and getting free carpet. I recommend this book as well as the 2 others written by Mr. Wittenmyer. ...I know that he will answer questions about his books through his web site.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2002
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This is one of the best real estate books I've read. It's obvious it's written from the point of view of someone whose "been in the trenches". Most of the books out there give only an overview of real estate investing, and tend to make it sound easier than it is. This book gives all the details, even the unpleasant ones. An interesting read even if you don't intend to invest in low end properties.
The book is much less "slick" than most, ie it doesn't seem to be professionally edited. It's more like the author sitting down to dinner with you and telling you everything he's learned in his years of investing. You may or may not like this style, and it does make more difficult to locate specific topics in the book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Booth on March 16, 2005
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I'll keep this short. Low-end house investments aren't for everyone. However, this book hit me like a Mack Truck...I couldn't put it down and have referred many friends to this excellent work. I have read well over 100 real estate investment courses and books in the last 12 years of my life and NONE (even those outrageously priced $800 courses) spoke to me like this $40 gem. Thank you Bryan for sharing your experiences and wisdom with us and doing it at a bargain price. My very highest recommendation to all (even though I don't want any more competition in this arena) LOL.

This is the only review I've done and even though this book will undoutedly bring in more investors to this low-end niche--I feel I owe a real debt to Bryan for his positive impact on my life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Garza on April 15, 2004
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This is a great book. I heard about it on a real estate investing website and the comments on there said it was a great book packed with good info. I couldn't agree more. Good, practical, down to earth, information for the real world. After 20 years of investing in real estate, Mr. Wittenmyer knows his stuff and shares it with his readers. As the saying goes, it is easier and cheaper to learn from someone else's mistakes-if you are thinking about going into the renting/landlording business or are already in-do yourself a favor and buy a copy of this book. It will save you alot of headaches and alot of money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam Mikiewicz on January 7, 2005
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It seems like most of the books/info published out there is targeting "nice" single family homes and creative financing techniques. What most people don't realize is that smart investors salivate over the the investment opportunities in low end housing. Reason being is that by virtue of being lower priced they can be paid off sooner and the owner can then point the cash flow toward other low end investments that can be paid off even quicker with the addition of the cash flow of the recently paid off property. These end up being small "annuities", as Bryan beautifully describes them, that are so highly valued in today's pension-less, menaced social security system world.

So instead of learning how to find fancy financing and distressed owners, I would say that learning how to manage lower end housing and it's inherent intricacies would be a person's more efficient and likely path to acquiring wealth in real estate.

This book, and anything published by Bryan, in my opinion, is a must read.
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