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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
About the Author
Bryan Chavis is founder of The Landlord Property Management Academy and author/creator of one of the top property management designations/certifications online. Chavis runs one of the top blogs for real estate professionals at LandlordAcademy.com and is a property management coach for Keller Williams MAPS. Named one of the top 40 up-and-coming entrepreneurs under the age of 40 by the Gulf Coast Business Review, he travels the country coaching real estate professionals, and consults for some of the largest housing authorities in the nation. Chavis lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and their daughter.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
-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 author, Bryan Chavis, explains why investing in apartments or du/tri/quad- plexes is a smarter investment than single family homes by explaining the concept of economies of scale concisely. I appreciate his tone in this book. It is written for beginners like myself without having a condescending or overly-simplified tone.
Like lots of real estate books, Chavis advises looking for value-added properties to buy (read: distressed property) so you can immediately build equity in your purchase. He discusses the importance of an exit strategy and following a checklist before you invest so you know what parameters you are looking for and allows you to invest without getting emotionally attached to a deal.
Chavis provides lots of useful, specific information on how to evaluate a neighborhood using his SEOTA(tm) analysis which is the "Strategic Evaluation of a Target Area." The specific steps he takes are sensible and you get a feel for how much experience he has just from his in-depth analysis of how to evaluate a property. He details evaluating building permits, employment, household size, demographics, psychographics, mortgage rates, rental rates, and occupancy rates.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You get what you pay for. It works well as a practice baisong, but the screws do not stay tight. The first day I used it, I had screws falling out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andy
A great intro book. It tells you the basics you need to know about renting; however, he could calm down a bit on promoting this website in every chapter.Published 2 months ago by A. Shivapurkar
I was interested in buying and renting houses it helped me see the positive side of businessPublished 4 months ago by Linda Wolke
I orgiginally borrowed this from the library. I found this very useful and purchased it as a reference.Published 5 months ago by Dee Russ
Just read the first couple of chapters. The author highlights subjects that he will cover in later chapters. Why not just explain at the time. Keeps promoting his online courses. Read morePublished 6 months ago by rd_skelton