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Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market Paperback – April 14, 2009
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Chavis lays out the path to making money on multifamily properties in good times and in bad. He addresses the matter analytically, almost scientifically, with a fact-based approach to all parts of the transaction, from the SEOTA (Strategic Evaluation of a Target Area) method to how to amass an empire. Nothing is built on gut or instinct; in fact, he’s got a form or process that will help solve all issues and challenges—and gladly he shares his experiences. Got a deadbeat tenant? You’ll get more cooperation by sending a nice, understanding note than by threats. How about jumping on the foreclosure wagon? Educate yourself first—and look for realistic sales comps and accurate operating expenses. When screening potential residents during open houses, ensure there’s always a fresh pot of coffee—and cookies. Everything you ever wanted to know is either embedded in his logical presentation or incorporated in the appendixes (SEOTA and due-diligence forms). --Barbara Jacobs
"Everything you ever wanted to know is either embedded in [Chavis's] logical presentation or incorporated in the appendixes." ---Booklist --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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-The author has a positive tone throughout, and seemingly knows what he's talking about despite the vague and general manner of explanation.
-98% fluff material. Let me summarize the only useful piece of information from the first 15% of the book: buy a multiunit property to benefit from economies of scale. And a summary for the remainder of the book: plan ahead. Look at cash flows. Try to improve cash flows. Believe in yourself! Know the logistics of your neighborhood. Completely asinine and obvious.
-This book is a damned infomercial for his seminar. So help me if I see him mention his damned paid seminar advertised one more time. He must've mentioned his seminar at least 10 times in the first 10% of the book. I already gave you some money, how about you teach me something of substance you charlatan!
-There was nothing substantial in this book, and I am infuriated I wasted any money on it. In the future I will be sure to read the sample version prior to purchasing. How does this book have such high reviews?! It's absolute drivel. I'm pretty outraged and would love a refund, but have no idea how to go about getting one. Shame on me for not sampling this 'book' prior to buying.
The other books I have read are pretty much two things: 1) pep-talk (you can do it!!!) and 2) basic math (four family unit @400/unit=1600-900 in expenses = 500 profit per month. See how easy it is to make money!!!).
This book talks about other stuff. Yes it does have the same math, but in addition has other interesting ways of looking at the value of properties. I found most interesting those times when the author talked about stuff other than money. One example is when he describes a student of his program who bought a mulit-unit complex and was about to loose his shirt because no one was renting. The student thought he had done everything right. In the end it turns out that the problem was not with the unit itself, but with the neighborhood. The student's great deal was for a complex with all single bed efficiencies, in an area mostly composed of four member families. No wonder the guy could not rent. The author thus intoduces the idea that other factors besides the property and rents are in fact more important. After following this guy I appreciate that he has actual wisdom in the business and that learning from him I will be able to avoid many mistakes.
Yep, this guy makes me feel like I can do it. I just bought my first two family. I have a positive cash flow, am gaining equity, building some business relationships, and doing a service for my community at the same time by taking two families out of their dumps and putting them in a decent home.
One thing I believe the book is missing is basic talk about how to go through the purchasing process. For example, I spent way too much money buying this property. There are different types of loans that can be shopped for depending upon situations. I put down 25% on a 15 year mortgage. This was a requirement of the lender I went with (a local lender who was keeping the loan inhouse and who knew the property well). I likely could have found a different lender that would have taken 20% or 10% if I was ready to take the time for it. There are even 3.5% loans for the right situation so if you have some freedom in your lifestyle, you can take advantages of this. Additionally there is a thing called SELLER'S ASSIST, where in many loans the seller can provide up to 6% of the home value toward closing costs. I paid most of these myself. As you can see, if I had actual experience I could have likely invested substantially less up front in acquiring the property at the expense of a larger loan. For example I could have upped my purchase price by 6% and then asked the seller to provide 6% assist, thus effectively wrapping most of my closing costs into the loan. This means less money needed to close which is a big deal for many people. OH well... at least I am able to learn from what I do. It is not like I lost money, rather I tied up money in my property that I could have left fee for use somewhere else.
Again this is the best book I have read so far. And though the author does mention his program a couple of times, this book is not an advertisement for the program. Still, I may attend one of his offerings just the same.