- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Sackets Harbor Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0998381624
- ISBN-13: 978-0998381626
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 165 customer reviews
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Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate: How a Small Investor Can Make It Big Paperback – January 1, 2017
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"...a strong choice in a crowded category." -Publisher's Weekly
"Newbies and professionals alike will benefit from this volume, which is chockfull of insight and solid investing advice." -BlueInk Review
"The mistakes he names can be learned from, and his transparency makes his stories of success both exciting and inspiring." -Clarion Review
"Simply the best book I have ever read on real estate investing. Well worth reading even if you are more interested in buying single family homes or other investments." -Goodreads Review
"Out of the 30 or so real estate investing books I've read this is #1 for me." -Amazon Review
"This book is a gold mine for reference and gave me the confidence that I needed before venturing into an investment of this type. Even if you are short on funds, it teaches various ways of working around that. " -Goodreads Review
"Need a side hustle to make ends meet? Been thinking about owning, renting or moving some real estate to see if you can turn a profit? If so, then this book is what you need to read to get practical advice, real-life examples of successes and failures and simple, down to earth business strategies." -Amazon Review
"As I read, I realized that yes, this book can help you no matter your experience level or the amount of cash you have on hand and I found the real-life stories that the author shared inspiring. Just as promised, this book gives you the tools and wisdom you need to crush it in apartments and commercial real estate." -Goodreads Review
"If you've ever had an inclination to get into the commercial real estate business or are seeking a better profit than buying and selling (or renting) single-family homes, this book is for you." -Goodreads Review
"Murray has done a great job writing a book that both newbie commercial investors and those with more experience will enjoy and find beneficial. I own several single family rentals and a 24-unit apartment building that are all performing well, so I'm not a newbie, but nevertheless I found myself highlighting key insights on almost every page of the book." -Amazon Review
"Forget the infomercials promising you real estate riches for no work and no money down. Take a lesson from Author Brian Murray, who decided he needed an extra source of income and turned it into a multi-million dollar award-winning real estate company." -Goodreads Review
"Murray covers an incredible amount of ground but does so in a way that is not overwhelming, but rather well-thought-out and inspirational. Mixed with all sorts of personal experiences and numerical breakdowns, he really provides the reader with a 360-degree view of what it means to be a commercial real estate investor." -Amazon Review
"This book is informative, engaging, and most of all, easy to understand, even when things get complicated. If it's possible to say that a book about commercial real estate is fascinating, this one qualifies. It's a great business book generally, and a wonderful beginner's guide to the world of commercial real estate." -Goodreads Review
About the Author
Brian Murray is the founder and CEO of Washington Street Properties, a commercial real estate investment company that has been ranked on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States for five years in a row. In 2015, Murray was recognized with a Gold Stevie Award for Executive of the Year in the Real Estate Industry.
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Brian also was able to put into words something that I've felt but not been able to express as clearly as he did. In response to a friend who asked him how much money his real estate business needs to be worth before he would walk away (sell it), he says the question misses the point. "I might have started my business for the extra income, but it became more than that with every hour of my time I put into growing it, as it does for most entrepreneurs." The book has plenty of examples of the hard work and tenant drama that make real estate investing via commercial building ownership completely different than passive investments like the stock market, but the pride and self-satisfaction from making a positive difference in the lives of tenants and in the community from improving commercial property comes through throughout the book.
Brian simply shares his experience in the book, the good and the bad, and all the lessons to learn from that. He keeps it simple, and shares some resources on his website, as well as a summary of simple and practical financial formulas, a real estate glossary, team members skills you would need, and other practical stuff. He gives what I think is the right dose of encouragement coupled with a caveat on what a real estate business really takes. It certainly is not a get-rich-in-a-week magic prescription, nor in a year nor in five for that matter. But with the right dedication, knowledge, and hard work, it certainly an investment that pays off on the long run. He is very much pro a long term approach, and even discourages a buy-and-flip approach (of course depending on what your overall strategy is). I liked the fact that he bases his long term strategy on adding value to your assets then extracting equity and re-investing again, rather than betting on value appreciation by pure market factors. I also enjoyed what I thought were hilarious -albeit super weird- stories about some of his tenants.
He shares some of his personal experiences as well as the values he holds. That also resonated a lot with my personal experience and my values. It is a book I thoroughly enjoyed flip to flip, and I certainly recommend. I hope he writes more, and perhaps get into some details of financial modeling and different property market specificities.
The best, and strongest, part of his book was that a lot of the advice he offers doesn’t require someone to be independently wealthy but suggests numerous ways to keep costs low and to help going into debt (which I already have plenty of as a teacher). It was especially nice that he has so many different suggestions on how to both use what you’ve got and to be inventive. For someone new to the game it was really great that he also had plenty of examples and personal stories that showed how he went from teacher to CEO of a massive company. I’m very excited to try and implement some of the things that he discussed in his book.