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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471711802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471711803
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Dolf makes real estate investing simple and accessible to anyone who has the will to succeed. He is an All Star in his field!"
—from the Foreword by Alex Rodriguez, 2003 AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP

An all-time bestseller, Dolf de Roos's classic Real Estate Riches shows readers from all walks of life how to find great deals and make great profits in the real estate market. This compelling book reveals why real estate is such a reliable moneymaker, and how novice investors, and old pros alike, can achieve the biggest return on their investment.

Full of time-honored wisdom, proven tactics, and quick-and-easy tips, Real Estate Riches will show you how to find the best properties, analyze deals, negotiate and submit offers, effectively manage properties, and dramatically increase the value of your real estate without spending much money. Dolf de Roos shows you:

  • Why real estate is the best investment in the world
  • How you can consistently find great deals
  • The eight golden rules of real estate investing
  • How to use tax laws to subsidize your investments
  • How to create income using OPM (other people's money)
  • The pros and cons of residential versus commercial investing

Author Dolf de Roos is proud to say he's never had a real job in his life—because real estate pays him better. Following his powerful and proven strategies, you too can leave the nine-to-five life behind.

About the Author

DOLF DE ROOS, PHD, is a successful international real estate investor and a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. He frequently conducts seminars across the nation and throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. He is also Chairman of the public real estate investment company Property Ventures Limited.

Customer Reviews

It was a great and simple read.
Olivia
Unless you are a professional portfolio manager, real estate is still the best investment.
Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
I have to admit that I am a fan of the Rich Dad series of books.
Chuck Kimbriel

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Shane Polizzano on January 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Roos is part real estate investor, part cheerleader. If real estate investing were as simple as getting excited about real estate investing then we'd read this book, leave our 9-5s, and, ahhh, riches. Real Estate Riches inspires me to invest in real estate the way Bruce Lee inspired me as a kid to become a kung fu master. It's great to dream about, but the hard work between the dream and the reality is usually enough dissuade.

His basic plan-of-action is 1) use as little of your money as possible and as much of the bank's money, to, 2) --he skips this part about how hard it is it find and identify a positive cash flow property, then, 3) buy a place that continues to increase in value, while it simultaneously delivers cash in your pocket each month, and finally, 4) when you need more money to invest, drain the equity from your property and repeat.

I think the best advice he gives, and the one insight you might find to be part of the real work of real estate investing, is the 100:10:3:1 rule. Look at _100_ properties, make offers on 10, negotiate financing on 3, and you MAY buy 1. Real estate investing is hard work. Roos show you all of the glamour, but little of the daily grind that's involved to make it happen for yourself.

For a more balanced approach see Real Estate Investing, 4th edition by McLean and Eldred.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Akinaw Bulcha on July 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
There is nothing detailed or even intellectually satisfying in this book. But I think the one thing that it does do is, (as another reviewer put it,) is to cheerlead. This book was exciting as it was the first book that I had ready on the subject. But now that I have done numerous transactions in real estate and handled millions of dollars worth of real estate and having experienced the ups and downs, DON"T DO REAL ESTATE AFTER READING THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! This book is so simplistic one does not know where to begin. For instance, Mr. Dolf, doesn't delve into possible set-backs seriously enough. He assumes that as long as you buy in a densely populated area, it is a safe bet. And he gives an example of "California" as one such place. There are many contingencies too numerous to list that destroys such a simplistic theory. Markets do have their time and in real estate, if you are stuck in a loan and a property you can't move, you are illiquid and repositioning is not as easy as it might seem. Therefore, being incapable of averting financial ruin is mmore difficult.

Real Estate is something that is experienced. You can't just "buy by the beach" and then just earn equity growth because no one is making beach front. And how many people have the kind of money that allows their first deal to be a fixer in Malibu. His other formula to look at a hundred-pick three-and buy one is really idiotic. There are no formulas in a mechanism that is continually shifting. The real estate industry is continually evolving. There is always an element of risk involved in any purchase. And buying single family homes is a mistake unless you are in a rapidly appreciating environment simply because there is less income potential to hold notes. And the more units, the better the rate (commercial properties).
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Kimbriel on May 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that I am a fan of the Rich Dad series of books. I also have to admit that Dolf de Roos was not initially my favorite author in the advisor series. When I came across the first edition of this book, I thought it was slim and the weakest of the series.

Then I bought Dolf de Roos Real Estate College Program at Costco which includes a audio version of this book. I was impressed both by Dolf de Roos knowledge and ability to explain complicated real estate terminology in easy layman terms. He made learning easy and fun.

I went out and bought the revised version of this book and love it. Having the printed version makes looking up information easy. I play the cd's in my car to reinvorce the material.

Also recommend The ABC's of Real Estate Investing by another Rich Dad advisor Ken McElroy and Nothing Down 2000's by Robert Allen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Ambrose on August 17, 2005
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This book has some very good points, but it's more motivational than anything else. The examples seem very extreme and are given without much detail. Most of the methods seem overly simplified and lack clarity, others are quite vague. This does not seem like a great book for learning about investing, but it does get you really excited about real estate! It makes for a great introduction into the field as it compels readers to learn more.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CyberMan on May 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
What appealed to me about this great book by Dolf de Roos is

1) It was written by an actual real estate investor who was

writing from his own personal experiences

AND

2) This book is different from the other real estate books which

all more or less same the same things.

Dolf does a great job showing that that real estate is still the best investment, actually tens and hundreds of times better than any other investment including and especially the stock market.

Dolf will show you how to find the deal of the decade every week!

How to massively increase the value of your property without spending too much money.

olf also explains how the government can subsidize your real investments and how to create passive income using your bankers money so that you only work if you want to.

My main business is network marketing. I have found Dolf de Roos real estate advice not only providing me with an additional stream of passive income, but also taken a chunk out of my tax bill as well.

If you looking for another "Nothing Down" or "Get Rich Quick" book on real estate, look elsewhere. This book can however show you how to get richer quicker with proven strategies.

Great book. Highly recommended.
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