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Rich Dad's Real Estate Advantages: Tax and Legal Secrets of Successful Real Estate Investors Paperback – November 14, 2006

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Garrett Sutton is an attorney with over 20 years experience in assisting individuals and businesses to determine the most appropriate structures to limit liability, protect their assets and advance their personal and financial goals

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In a program that is part of Kiyosakis Rich Dad series, a CPA and an attorney offer a concise, pro-active, and enthusiastic guide to real estate investing. Framing their ideas within Kiyosakis theory of cash-flow quadrant, they show how owning property can be a tax-advantaged means to earn enough money to start other businesses and become financially independent. Though all investment strategies have risks, they explain their ideas with enough detail and clear examples to help listeners understand the complexities of real estate. Working with trusted advisors and using their investing formulas can moderate the risks. Garrett Suttons tone and pacing convey a sense of measured optimism and curiosity. T.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446694118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446694117
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A life-long education advocate, Sharon Lechter is the founder of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organization, and YOUTHpreneur, an innovative new way to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in our children.

Sharon helps shape the state of financial literacy in our nation and how best to promote a financially literate populous through her appointment to the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. She and the 18 other members of the council were selectively appointed by the President for their expertise in financial education and serve a two-year term. As a council member, Sharon is directly responsible to the President and Treasury Secretary for creating interesting and innovative ways to influence financial education.

Sharon is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, educator, international speaker, licensed CPA and mother. She has been a pioneer in developing new technologies to bring education into children's lives in ways that are innovative, challenging and fun, and remains committed to education - particularly financial literacy.

"Our current educational system has not been able to keep pace with the global and technological changes in the world today," Sharon says. "We must teach our young people the skills - both scholastic and financial - that they need to, not only survive, but flourish in the world."

Sharon travels nationally and internationally to speak on a range of topics from educating children and adults on taking control of their personal finances to the entrepreneurial business strategies she used in building international success.

"Sharon's passion for entrepreneurship is matched by her dedication to education," says Mary Lou Bessette, a longtime business leader and executive director of strategic initiatives at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business. "Her personal mission is to instill financial literacy worldwide. Sharon's writings and leadership, especially with women and children, demonstrate that she is uniquely positioned to change the world through education."

In addition to her work with children, Sharon is a passionate advocate of women entrepreneurs and business women and often works with them to help expand their goals. She has written a regular advice column for Arizona Woman Magazine and speaks to various women's groups in cooperation with PINK Magazine. Each year, in cooperation with the WPO and Sam's Club, Sharon holds an event at 8-12 Sam's Club with the Girl Scout's of America to teach young girls financial lessons through interactive games.

Sharon is known world-wide as the co-author of the international best-selling book Rich Dad, Poor Dad and the Rich Dad series of books. During her 10 years with the Rich Dad Company, it grew into an international powerhouse with over 20 books, board games, Web sites, CDs, audio cassettes and seminars. Rich Dad, Poor Dad has been on The New York Times Best Sellers List for over six and a half years and is available in over 50 languages and sold in more than 108 countries. More than 27 million Rich Dad books have been sold around the world.

In 2007, Sharon left the managerial board of The Rich Dad Company to pursue focused work on financial education for children and families, as well as to continue work on improving our nation's educational system. It was this passion that led her to recently launch Pay Your Family First and YOUTHpreneur.

A committed philanthropist, Sharon also gives back to world communities as both a volunteer and benefactor. She is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Attorney General of the State of Arizona. She has served on the Dean's Council 100 of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and as a member of the advisory Board of the Spirit of Enterprise at the W.P. Carey School of Business. Sharon serves on the national board of the Women Presidents' Organization, the advisory board of EmpowHer (a Web site to help women with their health issues) and on the national board of Childhelp, a national organization founded to prevent and treat child abuse.

In 2002, Childhelp honored Sharon and her husband, Michael, as recipients of the Spirit of the Children Award. In 2004, Sharon and Michael were recognized as an Arizona "Power Couple," and Sharon was also named as a 2005 Woman of Distinction by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

Sharon graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Florida State University with a degree in accounting, then joined the ranks of a Big Eight accounting firm. Sharon has held various management positions with computer, insurance, and publishing companies while maintaining her professional credentials as a Wisconsin CPA, and a member of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants).


Sharon Lechter
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Pay Your Family First
6611 N. 64th Place
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480-607-1940 office
480-607-1923 fax

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Barry L. Wilmeth on November 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is designed to help you develop a smarter real estate acquisition plan. It shows how you can look hard at your assets and liabilities and develop a leverage plan for purchases and a tax advantage plan to maximize your cash flow. There is some good advice on networking, mentoring, joining a local real estate club and building a team of advisors. The explanation of tax strategies, depreciation and insurance is not as strong or in depth as I'd liked to have read. However the chapters on tax-free exchanges are very enlightening; especially to those of who have read about it but have been afraid to do a 1031. The book also offers other good advice on homestead advantages and responsibilities for legal due diligence. The strength of the book for me, and probably most other investors who have less than 10 properties, is (1) the advice on asset protection; e.g. use of a Limited Liability Corporation, and (2) smart use of the tax-free advantages in 1031 exchanges. I strolgy recommend it for those who have a few properties and are ready to make a bigger bolder move in real estate investing.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
(Available in both book and audio--reviewed as an audio)

Whether you are new to real estate investing, or a seasoned real estate investor looking to maximize your returns, Rich Dad's Real Estate Advantages has something for you.

Beginning with very basic real estate investment tactics such as the 1031 exchange and increasing buying power with the bank's money, and gaining in complexity to taking advantage of tax code and decreasing legal risk, this book continues the tradition of good advice the Rich Dad system is known for.

The audio book version is read by Garrett Sutton, ESQ, one of the authors, with a forward by Robert Kiyosaki (the Rich Dad guru) and Sharon L. Lechter, CPA. The audio is of fine quality with no variation in sound level and Sutton reads it flawlessly. The CDs, whether intentionally or not, also seem to be broken into the three components of the book: introductory real estate investing, tax strategies, and legal strategies, so it would be relatively easy to re-listen to specific sections.

I would say that this book is so full of information that I felt I should be taking notes. Probably, listening multiple times would suffice, but many investors would like to reference specific sections and may prefer the hard copy rather than the audio. Someone just beginning, especially someone who commutes and can listen daily, will see the advantage of information repeat that the audio provides.

Armchair Interviews says: A good book--but this audio format won't be appropriate for everyone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hamilton on January 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought my first property just before I purchased this book. I received it just before an international business trip, and didn't get any sleep on the flight because I was pouring over the basic concepts and ideas that fill this wonderful book.

If you are already in real estate and know the basics, you may not need this book. If you already have your team of advisors and know who to go for when you have questions, you may not need this book. If you understand the differences between LLCs and LP and why one is better in California than in Nevada, you may not need this book.

For most beginning real estate investors, this book is just the right amount and just the right speed to get started. Garrett and Sharon don't look at the buy-and-flip models, but rather at the advantages of staying in real estate, building a portfolio, and intelligently upgrading your properties (1031 Exchanges). They also go over the long-term planning aspects of inheritance and how to move your properties to family members with minimal taxes. They don't profess a silver bullet, but rather a rational plan to financial success through real estate.

Verdict: Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam F. Hood on January 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
What can you say? It's another rich dad book. Very informative and written primarily by professionals with an in-depth view. The book is a good read for anyone. It gave me a lot to think about and some things to discuss with my team. No dull spots in this book. Read it cover to cover in a few days. Worth reading twice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mariusz Skonieczny on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I believe that real estate has certain advantages as described in this book such as 1031-exchange and depreciation, but I will warn readers about the benefits of leverage. The authors argue that real estate is superior to other investment alternatives, such as stocks or mutual funds, because leverage can increase returns. While this is true, leverage works well on the way up and destroy returns on the way down. I believe that many people, especially real estate investors, learned this lesson the hard way when property values plunged starting in 2008.

With that being said, I do believe that this book does a good job explaining the advantages in real estate. I liked the explanation of 1031-exchanges that allow investors to get into a bigger property, deferring capital gains. You cannot do this type of exchange with stocks.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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