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Investing in Duplexes, Triplexes, and Quads: The Fastest and Safest Way to Real Estate Wealth Paperback – May 1, 2006
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Larry Loftis is an AV-rated attorney, tax lien investor, author, and adjunct law professor. He is the nation's top tax lien expert, having purchased millions of dollars of liens and deeds in 11 states. He has been cited as a tax lien expert in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur magazine, Wealth magazine, Wikipedia, Msn.Money, TheStreet.com, other real estate books, and by many other national media outlets. He is currently investing over $12 million in real estate tax liens for clients.
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Living nearby, I drove by. If he can write a book on investing anyone can. Having been a landlord and landlord tenant attorney
for 20 years this is a cut throat business with little room for error. If you purchase a rental property you need a cash on cash return of 15% or better, financed or cash purchase. Betting on continued appreciation is for fools. You must lock in your return the day you buy.
There are a few tips in there, but most are obvious: "go with your gut" wrt tenants, get a place in a nice neighborhood not a crappy one, etc.
I would like to see a lot more useful information. What kind of insurance options are out there? What if the place burns down? How do I get rid of a nightmare tenant? What are the laws that protect a landlord and a tenant?
I just spent 10 minutes on the phone with my mortgage broker (who is in the rental game himself) and it was far more useful than the 3 hours I spent going through this book... I suggest saving your money and seeking some current advice in your local market.
He doesn't try to feed some "insight" as to picking up real estate for 60 cents on the dollar like some of these other "gurus" tell us you can. Good luck with that! If you follow this book's advice, you'll save yourself a lot of time and embarrassment. But surprise surprise... you need money and good credit to do it.
The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I couldn't possibly disagree with his management advice more. I was actually extremely surprised to see a lawyer recommending such dangerous management practices.
All in all, this book is highly recommended for amateur real estate investors because I really do think multi-family is the way to go. But ignore his management advice and buy a book on property management elsewhere.