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How to Creatively Finance Your Real Estate Investments and Build Your Personal Fortune: What Smart Investors Need to Know - Explained Simply Paperback – April 30, 2007
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Whether you're a real estate mogul or simply thinking about investing in real estate, you can use this book. It will help novices navigate the confusing, convoluted world of real estate investing. For more experienced investors, it is a guide to refining creative ways to find and finance investment properties. Read this book and follow the advice it gives if you want to avoid commonly made mistakes and instead, make money. I plan to recommend this book to all of my investor clients. --Stephanie Fox, Coldwell Banker Burnet Real Estate
About the Author
Susan Alvis is practiced real estate as a licensed real estate agent in the 1990s and has since placed her license in retirement. She is the author of several real estate books, including How to Buy Real Estate Without a Down Payment in Any Market and How to Become a Million Dollar Real Estate Agent In Your First Year.
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Knowing how to negotiate using creative financing is the essence of using this book to its full potential and author Susan Smith Alvis takes you through the process with amazing clarity and a user-friendly approach. The reader will understand everyone's role in putting together a tight package. Choose the right agent, line up your financing (VA, FHA, assumable, wraparound or seller financing) and set the terms to buy a property that works for you.
Taking a creative approach to financing opens up a world of profitable advantages in the realm of vacation rentals, foreclosures and "damaged by reputation" real estate. Use this book to find the money and learn how to build a portfolio of no-down properties that give you the leverage you need to be a successful owner and savvy seller--on your terms. When you're ready to start thinking outside the box, give yourself a treat and read this book for a look at what's going on around the traditional business of real estate.
The fond size and spacing is larger than average. It is easy to your eyes.
The author gives you some good reasons and explanations about why an investor should enlist the help of an experienced real estate agent. However, you may already know most of them from other sources.
The book has 280 pages. There are 73 pages of amortization tables which is unnecessarily too lengthy.
The book VERY LIGHTLY surveys various ways of financing. For example, chapter seven is about real estate options. There are totally eight pages in this chapter. After reading the whole chapter, one would still probably scratch his/her head and wonder exactly what an option is and how it works. In other two real estate books that I own, both of them give a good definition of a real estate option in just one short paragraph. At the end of chapter seven, the author refers readers to another books about real estate options (this book MAY be useful, I hope). The last page of the chapter is a photo of a person which contributes nonething to the comcept of the chapter.
The title of this book is "How to ......" However it does not include steps of actually how to use or how to implement the financing concepts mentioned. This is not really a "how to" book. It is far from that.
It may worth your valuable time to read this book, if you have no idea of what the word "mortgage" means.
She is thorough in covering the pros and cons of a variety of options for investments. Even with relatively little risk and cash at hand, you can become a real estate owner and investor.
This book provides practical knowledge on how to use creative financing, options, buying and selling, closing costs and a host of other topics to obtain a profit. Even if you know little about the housing market, this book will teach you how to get people such as agents and investors in your corner. The scenarios throughout the book make it easier to visualize a real-life application of the suggestions and show how it really is possible to put theory into practice. Overall, if you are looking to increase your wealth by playing smart in the real estate game, then this book is for you. You can be on your way to realizing your dreams with just a small investment- a book.
After reading the book, I actually found the title of the book to be a bit narrow. The topics of advice on the various aspects of real estate investments are much more varied than the title might indicate. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in discovering how to invest in the real estate market without emptying the bank account.