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The Wall Street Journal. Complete Real-Estate Investing Guidebook Paperback – December 26, 2006
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Crook shines an antiseptic light on the shadowy "get rich quick" hucksterism that has plagued the world of real estate investing as a byproduct of a long runup in prices, a phenomenon that has also accompanied strong bull markets in US stocks intermittently for two centuries. And he does much more: he introduces, in a genial and accessible style, the complex details of buying real property for profit, as opposed to simply watching your own home's price rise and thinking of that as "investing."
His discussion of taxes, a particularly convoluted and arcane - yet crucial - area, is logical and well organized.
The author makes no secret of the fact that real estate investing, like all other kinds, is not sorcery and requires careful research, hard work, thorough preparation, and, most important of all, close attention to detail. Given a realistic understanding of the challenge, one can partner with this book as an inexpensive but wise adviser. It won't get you rich quick on no money down, but it will help you to make cautious and fact based decisions that are crucial to successful investing in any realm.
As a hedge fund manager, I am exposed to written financial advice of one sort or another virtually every minute of the day. I haven't seen writing that is more scrupulously researched and thoughtful (yet also personable) than that in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL COMPLETE REAL-ESTATE INVESTING GUIDEBOOK. I heartily recommend it.
There was one particularly helpful chart within this book that I would like to tell you about. The chart outlined how to prepare for your starter property. It is broken into 4 categories: 1-3 months, 4-6 months, 7-9 months and 10-12 months. Each time period has tasks to be completed within it... let me show you.
1-3 months- Educate yourself (read up on real estate investing), Network, Clean up personal finances (pay off your debts and correct credit reports)
4-6 months- Get the business going (interview banks, work on getting a corporate entity established), Walk the streets (know the areas where you will be doing your search), Check out properties (get a feel for the market and crunch numbers)
7-9 months- Get liquid (make funds available for when you need them), Go shopping (make some lowball offers and get a feeling for negotiating), Get preapproved from your bank or financial source
10-12 months- Go for it, do your due diligence, get your money
I think laying out a plan is especially helpful for anyone just getting off the ground. I love to make plans. I actually have plans for myself that range from month to month and even 10 years in the future. It really helps a person get things in perspective...Read more ›
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Only contained extremely basic information that you can find for free pretty much anywhere on the web.Published 1 month ago by anonymousbuyer
Awesome overview about real estate investing from single family dwellings to apartments to REITs. Great overview I cannot stress enough. Read morePublished 2 months ago by OceanLover
This book is a good overview but not perfect. The author implies you should buy real estate through an S Corporation and doesn't address the downsides of land trusts. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Judy K
Great book! Must read for aspiring real estate investor! Talks about investing in readable and basic terms. Will read more books suggested by this author..Published 12 months ago by himanshu