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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470455829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470455821
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Trump University Real Estate 101, Second Edition provides you with the know-how to start investing profitably in real estate now. Matching up the biggest name in business with the wisdom of a top real estate expert, this practical guide covers the full range of investment opportunities available in today's market. Nearly every real estate pro prefers to buy when fear sidelines many investors and motivated sellers dominate the listings. Indeed, the seeds were planted for most great property fortunes-including Donald Trump's—during down cycles. With Trump University Real Estate 101, Second Edition as your navigator, you will sail through this perfect storm with confidence and profits.

Author Gary W. Eldred is a successful real estate investor and the author of the bestselling classic Investing in Real Estate, Sixth Edition. In this up-to-date and newly revised guide, Eldred offers the kind of professional investing guidance you'll find nowhere else. This no-nonsense, straight-talking compendium of wealth-building strategies gives you a proven framework for reaching financial independence through real estate.

Now's your chance to get in on the ground floor and profit from the coming market recovery and run of appreciation. This revised, timely edition provides proven strategies for investing in today's market. It covers the profit potential of short sales, foreclosures, emerging markets, and target marketing, as well as multiple ways to identify and buy properties for less than they are worth. Trump University Real Estate 101, Second Edition is packed with smart strategies and moneymaking ideas that work.

Just like the first edition, this new revision includes the essentials of financing, property management, and property analysis. It shows you how and where to find properties that fit your investing goals and how to follow and predict trends in property value, rent levels, and price appreciation. Plus, it teaches you the techniques you need to negotiate with every kind of seller.

Perfect as either a stand-alone guide to investing or as a companion text for Trump University real estate courses, Trump University Real Estate 101, Second Edition offers the insight, information, and practical tools you need to start making money. Whether you need help with a one-time deal or you're investing as a professional, this guide will sharpen your performance.

From the Back Cover

Trump University books are practical, straightforward primers on the basics of doing business the Trump way—successfully. Each book is written by a leading expert in the field and includes an inspiring Foreword by Trump himself. Key ideas throughout are illustrated by real-life examples from Trump and other senior executives in the Trump organization. Perfect for anyone who wants to get ahead in business without the MBA, these streetwise books provide real-world business advice based on the one thing readers can't get in any business school—experience.

In Trump University Real Estate 101, you'll learn how to:

  • Develop the entrepreneurial skills to succeed in real estate investing
  • Make money in any market at any time
  • Convert properties for new uses and make more money
  • Create instant equity in any property
  • Determine how financing will affect the cash flow and value of your property
  • Use options and assignments to buy and sell properties you don't own
  • Assess the value of similar properties by comparing and analyzing multiple features
  • And much more!
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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The book of the week was Real Estate 101 by Gary Eldred.
Trevor J. Flannigan
In particular it was not until the final chapter (14) How to Value Properties did I actualy take my pen and paper out and start to take some notes.
Harvey S. Jacobs
I highly recommend this book to any real estate investor.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Right on September 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is not one of those garbage "no money down" real estate books, this book gives you valid and useful tips to help you build wealth in real estate, not pie in the sky nonsense. After reading this book I went out and did a deal (flip)and it went reasonably well. I'll get better with experience but this book gives you the basics to get started. Avoid all the no money, no credit books and read this one.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Harvey S. Jacobs on July 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed at the shallow nature of this volume. Several chapters in I realized that this was just another way for Trump to generate a few more royalty dollars. This whole volume can be summarized in a few general maxims: Chapters 1-3 Think like an entrepreneur... meaning take risks. Chapters 4-5 Do your OWN homework ... meaning don't rely on generally accepted rules. Chapters 6-10 Come up with the NEXT great idea ..... meaning think outside the box don't just follow the herd. The only reason I did not give this book a 1 star * is that the last four chapters DO contain some valuable information and charts, formulas and methods that DO go beyond just common sense or obvious advice like where's the market headed? (Chapter 6). In particular it was not until the final chapter (14) How to Value Properties did I actualy take my pen and paper out and start to take some notes. A far better read is Confesssions of a Real Estate Entrepreneur. Save your Time. Use your Common Sense and Spend your $22 bucks to buy another book.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Jackson on November 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Eldred does it again, showing that he not only knows how to build assets and build cash flow, he also knows how to utilize the Trump name (and Mr. Trump writing a very good foreword). Let's face it, real estate is the best industry out there for growing your money. Why? According to the book, because population is increasing and they don't make land anymore... So increase demand and limited supply.

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Complete Guide to Real Estate Tax Liens and Foreclosure Deeds: Learn in 7 Days
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Banton on August 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I do love to read a lot of the books from Trump, and this one is similar to the others in terms of format. It's very vague at times, and the author tries to sell your more books in the script. I'm starting to realize any material offered by Trump is going to have at least 10 books referenced that are highly recommended for you to read once you complete the current one you are reading.

I was expecting to read about all the steps involved with purchasing, financing, marketing, upgrading and managing real estate in this book. I suppose I assumed this would be like a dummy's guide to real estate investing, but it was a little more for the novice investor--at least it was more advanced than the 101 title implies, especially in the final chapter. I was let down in some areas, but the last few chapters about managing and valuating property are phenomenal.

I scaled down the rating due to all the publicity of additional reading material but I did think the final chapter on valuing properties was incredible so I gave it 3 stars. Had it been a little more in depth about financing real estate and excluded all the promoting of other books, then I could've given it 5 stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Bartoszek on March 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Great book to learn many new tactics and strategies for building wealth through Real Estate investing. This book has changed my life forever. $$$. Don't wait, get started today!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samuel D. Snead on October 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this text in a few days. I was not impressed. All it did was provide a general overview of real estate. I would recommend "The Real Estate Game" as a better general overview. If you want to learn intergral components buy the California Real Estate Principals book. That provides more case studies. Trump was wealthy and invested his money. Every few years his business goes bankrupt and he bails. That initial capital development is the key. Gather some investors that believe in you and your goals and then go from there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Wong on February 21, 2008
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This book offers very basic, albeit solid advice for beginning investors. For most of you out there, the contents of the book are common sense, "I could have thought of that" answers. The main failing of the book is that the authors do not give enough detalied concrete examples of past deals and projects that made them money, just broadview hypotheticals. It's practically worthless for any investor with half a brain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ruzomberka on April 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After reading Donald Trump's books "The art of the Deal" and the "Art of the Comeback" I picked this book up. It looked more like a text book or how-to so I was excited to dive in after reading his biographical style previous books. It sat on my shelf for a week with that big Trump name sparkling in gold and his face on the cover. I finally got around to reading it and realized he wasn't the author but only had written the foreword. Robert Kiyosaki slaps his name on purple and black books in a similar way as Trump but I think he has been a bit more successful at this branding. I find this practice somewhat annoying but I have to hand it to both of them at getting the most out of their brands. I hope to one day have other people write books and slap my name on the cover to sell more copies.

So, after ten minutes of feeling tricked by Trump I flipped through and decided to give Gary W. Eldred a shot. He didn't disappoint in fact he did a fantastic job. As I read more and more real estate books this one surely did have a lot of overlap, but it did excel at making me think about re-purposing houses in a way that would make them more profitable. His thoughts on market segments in Chapter 7 were new to me, and will help me make money in the future. I'm especially referring to the part about college students and seniors. I see these as two rapidly expanding segments and so do the authors.

Also I've been guilty of focusing solely on price and not paying attention to some of the other deal points like available financing included in Real Estate deals so this was a good reminder. Using the Comparative Sales, Cost Approach, and Income approach is nothing I have not seen before but using them all together to create an Estimated market value is a logical extension.

In the end this book made me smarter, and isn't that what all books are designed to do? I'm going to keep picking up Trump University books even if they arn't actually written by Donald himself.
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