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Not worth the $20 for this short and shallow book
on December 26, 2008
at $20 for this short book I would recommend you look elsewhere. I was VERY disappointed by the lack of useful content in the book.
The author's 'expertise' in this field is that she owns ONE vacation rental in New Hampshire, so as you might expect, her recommendations are specifically tailored to that experience and situation. There is virtually nothing in this book that would be considered truly interesting information as I suspect everything could be found online.
I wrote a prior review on this book and did not have a good alternative book to recommend. Fortunately I do now.
How to Rent Vacation Properties By Owner, but Christine Hrib Karpinski. It is about 300 pages long and in my review of it so far it appears to have a number of useful details. It easily covers anything in the "Breaking all the rules" book but with useful information and insight.
Before buying this book, I would suggest you check out the other one as well, read the reviews (significantly more of them for that book) and the author bios.
One final comparison, and perhaps not a fair one, but intended to provide another example of the difference in quality of these two books.
Both books have a forward included. For the OTHER book, it is written by some long-term journalist covering real estate. For THIS book, it was written by the author's cleaning woman (yes, I am serious). Nothing against this nice woman, but I cannot imagine she has a not of useful insights for me on how to rent my property other than that it should be clean.
Hope this helps. I don't like to dump on books or authors because I know it takes a lot of time and energy to write and publish a book, but this one unfortunately deserves to be noted because at $20 it is unfair to buyers/readers.