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Real Estate: The Sustainable Investment: Strategies for the Next Generation Paperback – April 16, 2011
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About the Author
JOHN C. GORDON has invested in rental, forest and farm real estate for over 30 years. He is Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies Emeritus at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and was Dean at Yale Forestry from 1983 to 1992 and again in 1997/98. He holds a Ph.D. from Iowa State University and has been a Fulbright Scholar in Finland (University of Helsinki) and India (Bangalore). He has extensive consulting experience with public and private organizations, including leading natural resource and land holding firms. He has authored or coauthored over 100 publications, including books on investing and leadership. He is a managing partner in Candlewood Timber Group, LLC, and Maximum Yield Associates, LLC.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was fortunate enough to have Glen Sweeney as a college instructor in the 70s. His enthusiasm for real estate investing had a lot to do with my own start in investing not long after college. Not only did that lead to some huge rewards, it ultimately led to a career in helping others make sound real estate investments.
Glen recently met with me to discuss ideas for a 2nd edition -- you have to love an author that wants to improve their message! I'd love to see more treatment and examples of single family homes -- far less daunting and attainable than multi family for the first time investor. I'd also like to see expantion on "partering" to include the benefits and "how to's" of creating long term relationships with contractors, lenders and professional brokers. For those who aren't convinced they want to be landlords, it would be nice to cover the powerful up and coming niche in Vacation Rentals -- single family homes rented by the week, but also available for personal use, and ultimately, a serious tax strategy involving changing an investment propert into a retirement home that can later be sold as a primary residence, avoiding capital gains tax.
Read it, you can never get too much information from veterans, and these guys have some serious stripes.
o An up to date, current view of the real estate landscape
o The macro economic contextual framework within which real estate currently exists
o A foundation for investment philosophy
o An explanation of key investment principles
o Life stage financial strategies
o A financial analysis framework for real estate
o Practical real estate analysis templates and tools (also available are downloadable templates on a complementary website, a very well executed simple to use iPhone iOS Real Estate application that allows you to easily run the numbers on potential properties which is also available for free) - these are worth many times the cost of the book. I have used these and they have been great in doing a quick analysis on multiple properties.
o Numerous examples and life lessons on practical real estate investments - imagine if you were friends with the best real estate investor in your town or city. Reading this book is like sitting down with this real estate investor over a cup of coffee and getting pearls of wisdom from someone who has learned them through experience.
The authors have both impressive academic credentials and background but they are also people of significant real life real estate investment experience. Usually you don't find these two together. This is the right level of theory with practical advice and the tools to help you get up and running on your real estate investment journey. Much appreciated. I look forward to additional titles and tools.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought it was a great book. Using their personal experiences enhanced the quality of the book. Before reading the book I didn't know much about real estate investments, but... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Torrey Rogness
This is a great book for anyone who is or who has ever been interested in investing (it's even good for people who have no interest in investing because it explains why you should... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lauren Schroeder
A great introduction to real estate investments. This book covers the do's and don't of real estate as well as the reasoning behind real estate investment as opposed to other forms... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Graham Spencer
This book is very helpful for the beginner investor. It makes sense to invest in this market. I have many people who have lots of horror stories, but I was a renter for many... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christine Piquette
As a chemistry student, I know capacitor much better than real estate.
When I got this book, I was worried about I cannot understand it very well, but after read it, I... Read more
It is a very good introduction for those who don't know much about real estate investment. I am a MBA student, but I barely know the practical knowledge about the investment in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by kathyding
There isn't anything in this book that can't be found in an entry level finance textbook. Not worth the money in my opinion.Published 19 months ago by C