Safest Ways to Invest in Real Estate

A Listmania! list by Terry W. Sprouse "Investor and Author" (Tucson, Arizona)
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The list author says: "The safest ways to invest in real estate are the tried and true ways. They may sound boring but they have been tested over time by many investors and they pay off in the long run. Fancy or complicated techniques are generally not the way to go. Shortcuts don't work. You must pay your dues, and learn as you go.

Terry Sprouse is author of the book "Fix 'em Up, Rent 'em Out: How to Start Your Own House Fix-up and Rental Business in Your Spare Time.""
Investing in Duplexes, Triplexes, and Quads: The Fastest and Safest Way to Real Estate Wealth
1.  Investing in Duplexes, Triplexes, and Quads: The Fastest and Safest Way to Real Estate Wealth by Larry B. Loftis
The list author says:
  "A gerat book for new ivestors to learn the ropes and for experienced investors to add to their portfolio."
$13.44   Used & New from: $8.92
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

Fix 'em Up, Rent 'em Out: How to Start Your Own House Fix-up & Rental Business in Your Spare Time; or, Investing in Real Estate and Creating Wealth with Fixer-Upper Houses
2.  Fix 'em Up, Rent 'em Out: How to Start Your Own House Fix-up & Rental Business in Your Spare Time; or, Investing in Real Estate and Creating Wealth with Fixer-Upper Houses by Terry W. Sprouse
The list author says:
  "My book recommends buying a fix-up house, do all the work yourself, and learn everything you can without relying on the "experts." 

Then, do it again."
$13.30   Used & New from: $7.63
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Upside Up Real Estate Investing
3.  Upside Up Real Estate Investing by Bob Zachmeier
The list author says:
  "A great system for increasing an investment property's value."
$17.96   Used & New from: $9.91
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Start Late, Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age (Finish Rich Book Series)
4.  Start Late, Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age (Finish Rich Book Series) by David Bach
The list author says:
  "Author David Bach has a good succinct section about one of the safest ways to invest in real estate.  That is to buy a home, live in it, then rent it - then do it again. I don't agree with his advise in other sections, but this section is well written and hits the nail right on the head."
$11.03   Used & New from: $0.01
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Home Buying For Dummies, 3rd edition
5.  Home Buying For Dummies, 3rd edition by Eric Tyson
The list author says:
  "One of the most complete and down-to-earthe books availbale on home purchasing."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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The No-Nonsense Real Estate Investor's Kit: How You Can Double Your Income By Investing in Real Estate on a Part-Time Basis
6.  The No-Nonsense Real Estate Investor's Kit: How You Can Double Your Income By Investing in Real Estate on a Part-Time Basis by Thomas J. Lucier
The list author says:
  "Play it safe by living in your investment property while you fix it up, then sell it after two years and pay no federal capital gains tax, as granted by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. There is a good section describing this tax exclusion in Lucier's book."
$14.12   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Start Small, Profit Big in Real Estate: Fixer Jay's 2-Year Plan for Building Wealth - Starting from Scratch
7.  Start Small, Profit Big in Real Estate: Fixer Jay's 2-Year Plan for Building Wealth - Starting from Scratch by Jay P. DeCima
The list author says:
  "Buying fix-up houses at low cost, repairing them, then renting them out or selling them is a hard system to beat.  Jay DeCima has been doing it for years and describes the process well."
$14.77   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Housewise: The Smart Woman's Guide to Buying and Renovating Real Estate for Profit
8.  Housewise: The Smart Woman's Guide to Buying and Renovating Real Estate for Profit by Suzanne Brangham
The list author says:
  "Suzanne Brangham made it rich by buying houses, fixing them up, selling them, and continuously buying larger, more expensive properties each time."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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How to Succeed in Commercial Real Estate
9.  How to Succeed in Commercial Real Estate by John L. Bowman
The list author says:
  "An easy to understand guide to buying and selling commercial real estate."
$15.91   Used & New from: $9.94
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Make Money with Small Income Properties
10.  Make Money with Small Income Properties by Gary W. Eldred
The list author says:
  "Another option is to invest in multi-unit rental properties.  If you are just getting started, buy a duplex or triplex, live in one unit and rent the others out.  Let the other renters pay for your mortgage payments."
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How to Sell Your Home in 5 Days: Third Edition
11.  How to Sell Your Home in 5 Days: Third Edition by William G. Effros
The list author says:
  "A great way to learn the ropes in real estate, and save lots of money is to sell you house by yourself.  (All the better if you have lived in it for two years and qualify for a federal tax exemption.)  This book describes a fast and relatively painless way to accelerate the home-selling process."
$11.09   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Creating an Accessory Apartment
12.  Creating an Accessory Apartment by Patrick H. Hare
The list author says:
  "If you own a large house or have space on your property, increase your monthly income by adding an apartment to your property that you can rent out."
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New Fix-It-Yourself Manual: How to Repair, Clean, and Maintain Anything and Everything In and Around Your Home
13.  New Fix-It-Yourself Manual: How to Repair, Clean, and Maintain Anything and Everything In and Around Your Home by Reader's Digest
The list author says:
  "Save money buy doing your on repairs, both when fixing up a newly purchased house, and when you have to repair your rental properties when they are occupied with renters."
$22.79   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

Arizona Landlord's Deskbook
14.  Arizona Landlord's Deskbook by Carlton C. Casler
The list author says:
  "Learn about the rights and responsibilities of landlords, and have the legal forms that you need to deal properly with renters."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Landlording: A Handymanual for Scrupulous Landlords and Landladies Who Do It Themselves
15.  Landlording: A Handymanual for Scrupulous Landlords and Landladies Who Do It Themselves by Leigh Robinson
The list author says:
  "Learn how to manage renters and avoid costly turnover and confrontations."
Used & New from: $0.71
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Be a Real Estate Millionaire: Secret Strategies To Lifetime Wealth Today
16.  Be a Real Estate Millionaire: Secret Strategies To Lifetime Wealth Today by Dean Graziosi
The list author says:
  "Covers many key areas related to successful real estate investing.  Has a useful section on identifying real estate cycles."
$19.05   Used & New from: $0.01
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market
17.  Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market by Bryan Chavis
The list author says:
  "Landlording tips for every market."
$11.20   Used & New from: $8.29
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

REO Boom: How to Manage, List, and Cash in on Bank-Owned Properties: An Insiders' Guide for Real Estate Agents
18.  REO Boom: How to Manage, List, and Cash in on Bank-Owned Properties: An Insiders' Guide for Real Estate Agents by Aram Shah
The list author says:
  "REOs—real estate owned, or bank-owned, properties that have been repossessed through foreclosure."
$14.01   Used & New from: $7.73
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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