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The Real Estate Fast Track: How to Create a $5,000 to $50,000 Per Month Real Estate Cash Flow 1st Edition

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What if you could consistently bring in $5,000 to $50,000 in real estate cash flow every month? Would you change the way you live your life? Every year, thousands of Americans do just that, using real estate to achieve the wealth and independence they've always dreamed of. In The Real Estate Fast Track, author David Finkel offers step-by-step guidance on building a real estate business that lets you earn more while you work less! You'll master all five of the core skills of the world's wealthiest investors and learn the advanced secrets that have helped Finkel's students and clients buy and sell over $1 billion of real estate, much of it without cash or credit. You'll build your real estate business until you can relax and watch the money flow in. Plus, there's more:

  • Six forms of leverage you can tap into
  • Five fun, easy systems to find deal after deal
  • A simple, three-step system for safely evaluating any real estate deal
  • Twenty-one advanced deal-structuring strategies to close even the toughest deal
  • Fourteen advanced negotiating techniques to make up to an extra $25,000 per deal
  • Ten contract pitfalls that trip up most investors

Using true stories from real people to illustrate the basics of successful investing, this practical, step-by-step guide presents the kind of proven, reality-based advice you need to live the life of your dreams—with all the money and free time you want!

"Naysayers look out! The Real Estate Fast Track discloses step-by-step strategies that practically guarantee immediate cash flow, no matter what the real estate market does. This stuff works."
—Diane Kennedy, bestselling coauthor of The Insider's Guide to Making Money in Real Estate and author of Loopholes of the Rich

"This book is just like David: clear, organized, and intelligent with an easygoing style. The valuable information within is actually a blueprint or how-to manual on producing your own passive cash flowing real estate investment business! WOW, what an achievement!"
—Bill Tan, President of the San Diego Creative Investors Association and BTi Investments, Inc.

About the Author

David Finkel is one of the nation's leading real estate experts. He is the coauthor of several books, including the Wiley titles Buying Real Estate Without Cash or Credit and How to Retire Fast Investing in Commercial Real Estate, as well as the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller Making Big Money Investing in Foreclosures Without Cash or Credit. Over the past decade, Finkel's clients have bought and sold over $1 billion of real estate.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471728306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471728306
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author, entrepreneur, offering business coaching and advice to small business owners. Through the use of small business systems, we help business owners build businesses that give them freedom, not self-employment.

David is an ex-Olympic level athlete turned serial entrepreneur. He is the Wall Street Journal and Business Week best- selling author of 10 business and financial books, including the wildly successful Build a Business Not a Job, and co-authoring and the soon to be released, SCALE: 7 Proven Principle to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back (Penguin Random House--September 2014).

David is the founder and CEO of Maui Mastermind®, one of the world's premier business coaching companies who helps businesses in the $1-20 million range build their companies to sell, scale, or own passively.

Over the past 20 years, David and the other Maui coaches have personally started, scaled, and sold over $2 billion of businesses.

Maui Mastermind helps business owners build companies they love owning again--for the value they create, the lives they touch, the profits they earn, the team they employ, and the freedom they enjoy. Their clients have enjoyed an average annual growth rate of 32.4 percent while at the same time radically reducing their companies' reliance on them as the owners.

To learn more about working with his company to get the structured business coaching you need to take your company to the next level, call them at toll-free 866-214-6610, or visit them on the web at

David's weekly business owner e-letter is read by 100,000 business owners around the world and his business articles have been featured in over 6,000 newspapers and publications.

He and his wife Heather, and their three young sons live a very simple life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Bragging rights:
1) Wall Street Journal and Business Week Best-Selling Author of over 25 books and home study courses 2) 
Featured in over 6,000 newspapers and periodicals in the United States. 3) Syndicated eletter is read by over 100,000 business owners weekly 4) 
Past member of United States National Field Hockey Team (2 years Captain) 5) 

Pan Am Games Bronze medalist

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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book functions primarily as a large advertisement for the author's seminars/classes. Most of what the book presents is naive, simplistic or just plain wrong. The financial side techniques presented include "tried and true" goodies that don't work now and didn't work when I first read them in a book my dad bought 40 years ago.

The negotiating tactics don't work. See Spin Selling for some of the best sales and negotiating material out there.

Of course, if you are able to deal only with people who are completely ignorant of the real estate values in their town and who distrust lawyers, i.e., don't have contracts reviewed in lieu of using a real estate broker, you may get some of these gems to work for you.

And what do I know? Not much -- but I have appeared in court as an expert appraisal witness, made a few million in real estate (& yes, I still read books. Who knows when I'll find a good idea?) and been a real estate broker for 30 years.

The author, if he ever made any money in real estate, is now, it would seem, making his money selling his seminars. Run, don't walk, away from the author and his materials.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Elligott on April 20, 2006
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I really enjoyed and would recommend it to others wholeheartedly. There are of course the many plugs for David's mentoring programs and other products. I think grown-ups can figure out that you are reading a book that is part of a business system and get over being annoyed at the plugs. The other thing I didn't care for much were the ficticious personalities that are tracked as examples. I would have not had this reaction if it would have been clearly stated from the start that these folks were compilations of past students and not actual people.

With this whining out of the way, I can say this was the best R.E. investing book I have read so far, and I have read many. The systems that are laid out in David's earlier books are reviewed and compacted for easy check list style review. The new info on building systems of your own to streamline and idiot proof (no offense)your own investing is extremely valuable. I think that if more people who say they tried the R.E. thing and it didn't work for them (or even worse, tell of other's failures when they haven't tried themsleves) had developed systems like these, there would be many more success stories and fewer naysayers.

The other thing I enjoyed and appreciated was the forethought given to eventually having your investments run independently of your continual input and baby sitting. This is a big challenge and this kind of info is hard to find. There is enough valuable info in just this one area to make this book pay for itself many times over.

Real Estate is a complex and sometines confusing business that can be overwhelming to people trying to make it a fit for thier lives and careers.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Kingston on May 3, 2006
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Having built a real estate holding company with $25,000,000 in commercial real estate holdings in less than 5 years myself, (along with my partner), I can tell you firsthand that Dave hits on some quintessential, need to know-very powerful concepts.

pg.42 Discipline, "...if you are willing to work to foster this quality, the world of investing is yours.'

pg. 44 Leveraging your time, money and knowledge

pg. 45 Work smart, not necessarily hard

pg. 47 "Information becomes power only at the point of application"

Jack Welch says he would rather have a leader that can execute than a rocket scientist. Execution is key!

Pg. 49 Constanally ask yourself, "What is the best and highest use of my time?" - The key here being opportunity cost.

On page 167 this book came alive for me; because it is something our company is struggling with right now. Dave describes "getting out of the small time bubble" which describes such a simple concept that is incredibly hard to execute. The idea is to free yourself up to concentrate on what will produce the best return for your time. This concept is also a big one in Jim Clayton's, "First a Dream" which I also reviewed here an on my blog

He talks you through the delicate steps involved in growing a business to the point where you can gradually remove yourself from the day to day procedures. A major function is the implementing of systems.

Another great insight is that Dave reads about 100 books a year. As Charlie Munger says, "Read all the time", "In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn't read all the time-none, zero. You'd be amazed at how much Warren reads-and at how much I read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Winicki on April 17, 2006
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Investing has been in my blood for a few years now. I've made some money but not as much as I think I should have. The investing has been the easy part for me. David Finkel's other books have helped me a great deal when it comes to investing. It's always been dealing with the business stuff that has put me behind. I just haven't always been able to get my head fully around managing a business. I can say David's new book has been a God-send to me when it comes to the business side of real estate investing. It is just chock full of simple and easy to apply tips that I started applying immediately. I couldn't recommend this book enough.
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