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Rich Dad's Advisors®: The ABC's of Real Estate Investing: The Secrets of Finding Hidden Profits Most Investors Miss (Rich Dad's Advisors Series) Paperback – September 1, 2004
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More About the Author
The Advanced Guide to Real Estate Investing and The ABC's of Property
Management. He is also a contributor for The Real Book of Real Estate. The idea
behind Ken's fourth book, The Sleeping Giant, is to help inspire people to believe
that they can be part of solving the world's economic problems by creating
business - which in turn create financial freedom, job growth and reduces the
reliance on other sources.
The Sleeping Giant, brings together twenty self-employed entrepreneurs who
share their powerful and inspiring stories of how they found success through
self-employment. This book and its success led Ken to embark on another
journey where he held a nationwide contest via Facebook asking people "Are You
The Next Million Dollar Entrepreneur?" By submitting their ideas and passions for
their businesses, one lucky person received $5000 towards their venture and a
year long mentoring program with Ken and many other highly successful
individuals. "I'm very fortunate to have the life I do and being able to share my
experience and insight is exciting and something I really enjoy spending my time
Ken is an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization, the Young
Presidents Organization and the Arizona Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization
holding several board positions including President for the fiscal year of 2004-
Ken has enjoyed inspiring people worldwide appearing and speaking for various
programs and leading industry events and has also been featured on hundreds
of syndicated radio and TV programs as well as speaking with and writing articles
for many industry blogs.
Charity being a large part of Ken's focus, he stays closely involved within the
community and has served on advisory boards for Child Help and AZ Food
Banks- where he conducted the largest food drive in the state of Arizona. Ken
and MC Companies also support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Hydrocephalus
Association, The University of Arizona Heath Sciences Center, The Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society, Salpointe Catholic High School, Susan G. Komen for the
Cure, Autism Speaks, McKenzie Monks Foundation, and the Partnership for a
Ken and his family reside in Scottsdale, Arizona and enjoy spending time with
friends and family in Coeur d'Alene Idaho whenever possible.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is not a Carlton Sheets (et al) get rich quick balogna book. This is a book for serious RE investors.
If you want to flip properties, this book is not for you. If you want to buy and hold properties, this is by far the best book I have ever read.
The most value of this book is how to properly assess value of a property. Assessing the value of a property is probably the most difficult thing. Not only does he teach you how to do this, he teaches you how to see through the sellers inflated balance sheets and possible misleading Realtor statements.
Also of tremendous value is how to properly manage properties for maximum cashflow. I had no idea I had so much to learn in this area.
What more can I say? Just get the book. I got the audio book and I listened to it at least 4 times.
Ken McElroy, takes the time to explain all the tools you will need in order to be successful in RE investing. The thing I found most helpful is the end of the chapter To Do List. Have you ever read a chapter and moved on to the next chapter without an action plan...Not in this book!
McElroy talks about the things that made him a success as well as a recommended path for you to be successful. He doesn't cover flipping properties. When he does mention Flipping Properties, he advises against it.
I would recommend this book to the beginner and intermediate investor. For 2 reasons, this book will move you into the doing stage of your investing career with its action plan. Secondly, there is no fluff here. He gives you fact after fact.
What makes this program different are a number of things. McElroy shows how to calculate the right price for your property. He explains how to use comps and how to avoid the wrong properties.
McElroy goes into the mathematics of real estate investing more so than any other author.
The ABC's of Real Estate Investing mades a great addition to Real Estate Riches. In concert, these programs will help you achieve financial freedom via real estate.
This book addresses two main myths that people have about real estate.
1. One is, since you don't have that much money, you shouldn't invest in real estate. Though this book doesn't cover how to finance your investments, it does name a few examples of how a few people who didn't have money managed to invest in real estate to make their millions.
2. The second myth is how big deals are too risky so don't go after them. The book gives an example of other people doing it.
The fact of the matter is, if you don't have much money, you'll either need to get some capital by borrowing or partnering. And when you face big deals, the risks are heavier but also the rewards are multiplied.
1. In the end, this book covers real estate pros (but hardly any cons). So it is motivating but unbalanced. Care and risk management should always be part of your investment strategies.
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I listened to the audio book version but I'm sure I'll buy the regular book as well because there is just so much information in this book, especially the checklists. Ok, so why is this book great? Because it's written by someone who actually did all this stuff and is successful. He uses real examples from properties he's owned in the Phoenix area. I lived in this area for 9 years, and I can say everything he said about it made a lot of sense. You don't need to be from Phoenix, I'm just saying that I think the author really knows his stuff.
ATTENTION! Here is a one thing you may or may not like (judging from other reviews): This book uses multi-family (apartment buildings) in all the examples. They cost millions. So although on one hand he makes it sound easy enough that I could do it, I'm not comfortable going after a two million dollar property for my first one! HOWEVER, I think everything he said would apply to an individual family home as well. This didn't bother me at all, and if I ever get a chance at a multi-family unit I'll have more confidence to do it.
If you listen to the audio book, the author reads it himself. Something I really enjoy. I don't like some guy reading as fast as he can, Ken McElroy reads it as if he's sitting next to you telling you face to face. While some of the phrases sound a bit corny or even fake, "Now we don't want any surprises do we?", I think it gives his reading a bit of charm.
Overall, not the only book you need but definitely one of the best I've seen. Great job Ken! Now if only the original Rich Dad series was this good! ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book and it provides a really good way to get started in real estate!Published 5 days ago by Esteban Villegas
his strategy is simple, find people with millions willing to invest.Published 20 days ago by Matt Creighton
Did not like this book. It read like he has been putting it off and wrote it over the weekend before the deadline. Very disappointed.Published 20 days ago by WillyZ
Great book, good read. Lots of useful tips for both amateur and veteran investorsPublished 26 days ago by Joe
It was refreshing learning simple strategies that will have a big impact on your bottom line in the long run.Published 28 days ago by Wesley Channels