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More About the Author
Bach's breakout book The Automatic Millionaire was the #1 Business book of 2004, according to Business Week. It spent fourteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was simultaneously number one on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Business Week, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. With over a million copies in print, this simple powerful book has been translated into 12 languages and has inspired thousands around the world to save money automatically.
Bach's newest book, Start Over Finish Rich launches in December 2009. With its ten crucial moves you must make in 2010, Start Over Finish Rich provides the essential tools for readers to get back on track financially and recapture their dreams of a richer future.
Bach is regularly featured in the media. He has appeared six times on The Oprah Winfrey Show to share his strategies for living and finishing rich along with regular appearances on NBC's Today and Weekend Today shows, CNN's Larry King Live, ABC's Live with Regis and Kelly, The View, CBS's Early Show, ABC News, Fox News, and CNBC. He has been profiled in many major publications, including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, USA Today, People, Reader's Digest, Time, Financial Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Working Woman, Glamour, Family Circle, and Redbook. He has been a contributor to Redbook Magazine, Smart Money Magazine, Yahoo Finance and AOL Money. In 2009 Bach, was a regular on the Today Show Money 911 Segments and a contributor to ABC's Good Money.
David Bach is the creator of the FinishRich® Seminar series, which highlights his quick and easy-to-follow financial strategies. In just the last few years, more than half a million people have learned how to take financial action to live a life in line with their values by attending his Smart Women Finish Rich®, Smart Couples Finish Rich® , and Find The Money Seminars, which have been taught in more than 2,000 cities throughout North America by thousands of financial advisors.
A renowned motivational and financial speaker, Bach regularly presents seminars for and delivers keynote addresses to the world's leading financial service firms, Fortune 500 companies, universities, and national conferences. He is the founder and Chairman of FinishRich Media, a company dedicated to revolutionizing the way people learn about money. Prior to founding FinishRich Media, he was a senior vice president of Morgan Stanley and a partner of The Bach Group, which during his tenure (1993 to 2001) managed more than half a billion dollars for individual investors.
As part of his mission, David Bach is involved with many worthwhile causes including serving on the board for Habitat for Humanity New York and co-founding Makers of Memories, a charity organization dedicated to helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
David Bach lives in New York. Please visit his web site at http://www.finishrich.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
He publishes about one book a year with different title and cover but same content, just know that if you have read "The Automatic Millionaire" or others there is no need for you to buy this book, there is nothing new here.
All things being fair he has offered in the past good and common sense financial advice, all that ends here with "The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner". The advice is bias; we know that Bach is now readily accepting endorsements from banks and financial institutions of the likes of Wells Fargo. This is also one book centered on the "glamour" of real state. Just makes it look so easy; but reality is that not everybody is prepared to invest on real state, the risks are tremendous and of course this book does not cover them deep enough.
It also states that owning is cheaper than renting, which it's true in most cases, but then again, check your financial situation before jumping to ownership and make sure you can handle it. By owning your expenses will increase and possibly double, apart from down payment and mortgage payments, you will have to pay insurance, taxes, trash removal, sewer, water, maintenance, utilities (if you move from a condo to a house this bill may be up to ten times higher than it used to be), and the list goes on, so understand what you are getting into and make sure your monthly cash flow can handle it.
The most concerning part of the book is the one devoted to the different types of mortgages.Read more ›
Still, had you followed Bach's advice in 2005, when this book was written, you would likely be deeply in debt now with no chance to even refinance and take advantage of lower rates. That is because the real estate market was in serious straits in 2005 and Bach, despite his reservations about 0 down mortgages (30% of the market the previous year) and interest only loans (a similar percentage) was overly optimistic about real estate. As an investment, it had "never" experienced a year over year decline, he noted, citing national figures. (Nothing like 4 consecutive contrary years to suggest a problem with the initial stat!) Sure, if you are able to hold on through the current economic crisis, then in a decade or so, you will come out ahead, but in the meantime, it would help if your investment advisor could tell the difference between cycles in real estate and a bubble brought on by irresponsible government policies and banks that were more than eager to accommodate them. Indeed, Bach suggests that one of the reasons real estate will continue to go up is because subprime mortgages are so common now (2005). Talk about a serious misreading of the market!
But once you get past the hype, a fair amount of the advice in this book is valuable. Bach does give good suggestions for saving up a down payment, finding a good mortgage and a good real estate agent.Read more ›
Second, he encourages people to buy now and does not emphasize the risks strong enough. He encourages risky mortgage options to people with little financial experience which could get a lot of peopel in hot water if they are not careful.
third, he is buying into the real estate boom just like everyone else. This was the right time to write this book and make money so keep that in mind.
Four, he is really pushing that everyone buys a home NOW. this is very, very bad advice. He even encourages people with no down payment to look into risky options like piggyback loans without thoroughly going over the risks. not everyone should buy NOW and real estate CAN lose value. investments go in cycles just like anything else. People in California were in a real estate RECESSION for ten years. so these gurus who tell you real estate will never drop are full of it. You need to have enough money and you need to get a mortgage you can afford regardless of what the bank will give you. Buying now is NOT right for everyone, especiially if you plan to live in your house less than 5 years, you might be forced to sell as the market is sliding, and then you'll have all those people from the foreclosure seminars circling around you.
Be careful. There are much better books on the market about real estate that very throughouly tell you all the risks.
Remember how everyone had to buy stocks during the dot-com boom and look what happened. the market is still down from its peak in 2000. Again, buyer beware.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very informative and useful. Definitely helpful to read when you are looking to purchase a home.Published 2 months ago by Harry
The most helpful part of this book was the paying it off early concept. Gave me hope to paying off my mortgage 6+ years sooner without hurting too much in my wallet.Published 3 months ago by dm
As a Realtor, and an investor in real estate, I found this book very helpful. I give copies to my investor clients or anyone thinking of investing in rentals.Published 6 months ago by Roberta
This book was very practical for giving a general understanding of the way buying real estate works.
It had a little too much "motivational fluff" for my liking. Read more
Yes - this book was published at the end of the last housing bubble. But if you actually paid attention in the book, he specifically addresses the issue of rising and falling... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alexa
I advice someone who have trouble with financial literacy. This book helps me to understand the financial and house's equity.Published 17 months ago by Alaska_Girl1990
Great book , everyone needs to read, and they put everything in simple terms. Must read for everyone that owns a homePublished 20 months ago by Mercedes
Yes, there is something to be said about owning a home. David Bach makes the finances easy to understand and reminds us of our American Dream.Published 20 months ago by Lisa M Baguley