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About the Author

GLEN R. SWEENEY is a real estate investor and Managing Partner for a number of real estate investment partnerships. He is the President of Investors Research Institute Inc. (IRI) and has established real estate investment and development LLCs with a wide variety of partners. He has also been a management consultant to major forest products companies on divestiture issues, marketing analysis and corporate reorganization. He has taught Finance and Operations Management at Oregon State University’s College of Business and been an adjunct professor of Finance and Investments at Linfield College. He has been an invited lecturer at Yale, Oxford, University of Munich and Portland State University. He began his higher education at New York University and holds an MBA from Oregon State University. He is also the author of a curriculum on capital budgeting.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460933389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460933381
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,274,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By jd on November 28, 2011
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Overall I found this book to be mediocre, the most useful information in this book was the old saying "location, location, location", and not to be involved with a partner that doesn't compliment your weaknesses, i.e. don't use a partner if you can do it yourself. I learned nothing new from this book; it is basically just common sense. I don't understand how all the other reviews are 5 stars, I feel generous in giving it 3.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Black on December 10, 2012
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It was a quick read, but it was also a lesson in leverage. If you want to be up to your eyeballs in debt this is the book to read. They have some points, but they are also endorsing a slightly risky investment model in which you use debt to finance your purchases. The formulas they use make it sound tempting, but they don't emphasize the risk enough, actually they did mention at one point how one of them took a bath on a property, but then turned it around as if it were a good thing. I would recommend reading this and a few other books that endorse a more conservative approach before you decide to follow their advice.

Happy reading.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HGB on April 2, 2012
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This book is very basic with little or no real information. I found only one chapter to be useful: Management Q&A, which went over some Q & A based on the authors experiences. Stories through out the book where not informative and really did not help explain the topic. Many of the chapters were shallow i.e. Chapter 6 on leverage can be summed up with "leverage is a tool; debt is a condition". As a person just starting to learn about real estate I found this book to be of no help, which is disappointing considering other reviews.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Realtor Man on February 18, 2012
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Great treatment of a classic topic, recast for the next generation. They authors are not only generous in "giving back" from thier extensive experience, they are also long time professional educators. This isn't theory, it's the voice of seasoned investors telling it like it really is. New investors will appreciate the treatment of the big bewildering world of investing in general, and well as specific advice and tools for getting started on the right foot, with the right outlook. Be sure to check out the Iphone App! A quick but compelling read.

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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Andersen on March 2, 2013
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I have read a number of real estate investment related books and Real Estate The Sustainable Investment is by far the best and most useful I have come across. On one end of the spectrum there are college text books which tend to be dense on theory and math and on the other you have real estate gurus who are big on motivation but short on details. This book strikes the perfect balance between the two extremes. This book provides:
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.
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