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By the author of the bestselling guide, What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know about Cash Flow... and 36 Other Key Financial Measures (McGraw-Hill, 2004)

When you invest in real estate, you have too much at stake to make decisions blindly. You need to develop a command of the essential formulas and concepts that underlie income-property investing:

Capitalization Rate - Net Operating Income - Present Value Debt Coverage Ratio - Internal Rate of Return - Gain on Sale and much more

Here Gallinelli revisits the 37 key metrics from his "Cash Flow" book and guides you through examples that will lead you to mastery of those concepts. He then takes you beyond those formulas to the next level, with detailed case studies of four different properties:

Single-Family Rental - Renovation Project Apartment Building - Strip Shopping Center

You'll analyze these investment properties with him. In the process you'll learn to look behind the numbers, to think like a successful investor and to recognize both the opportunities and the perils you might encounter when you invest in real estate.

Frank Gallinelli is the founder and President of RealData, Inc., since 1982 one of the real estate industry's leading software firms. He has written numerous articles on real estate investing, and teaches income-property analysis in Columbia University's Master of Science in Real Estate Development program.

About the Author

Frank Gallinelli is the founder and President of RealData, Inc., one of the real estate industry's leading software firms since 1982. He has written several books and numerous articles on real estate investing, and teaches real estate investment analysis in Columbia University's Master of Science in Real Estate Development program.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: RealData, Inc. (September 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981813801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981813806
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was trying to decide whether to buy this book or the "cash flow" one, since my library had the cash flow book I purchased this one. However, the cash flow book turned out to be superior and much of this book simply rehashes it but with less detail. Basically, the cash flow book as a section on valuation then details on the 37 calculations he uses; this book has the 37 calculations again, but in less detail, then has a section on example valuations.

Overall, this book is okay, but stand-alone the cash flow book is superior.
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Gallinelli does a good job with this book, as he presents everything one needs to know to evaluate an income property as a potential investment. In terms of its presentation, the book is very basic and bare-bones, featuring text and numbers primarily, with a few tables, also full of numbers, interspersed at various points. Some may find this to be a bit boring and off-putting, and though I would have liked to have seen a chart or graph or two thrown in here and there to break up the monotony, the format does seem to play well and adhere to Gallinelli's upfront approach (I also suspect it makes for an easy-to-deploy electronic/Kindle version, too!).

The book is organized simply around two (2) interacting parts. Part One of the book contains all of the metrics, each presented separately, and each introduced metric builds logically upon those that preceded it. All of the examples in Part One are simple and straight-forward (the reader could use them to build more complicated examples), and each of the thirty-seven (37) chapters ends with at least three (3) worked problems and solutions. Subsequently, all that is learned in Part One is then put to rigorous work in Part Two, where the reader can see how all the metrics and the various statements come together.

Part One builds up to enabling the reader to set up an annual property operating data (APOD) sheet, and income and cash flow statements for each property under consideration for investment. The only thing that I found missing here was a work-up of detailed, initial and projected balance sheets for each property (so that one can keep track of one's all-important equity stake).
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Congratulations Frank, you've hit another one out of the park. The third in your series is another addition to my reference library. As an instructor who teaches post secondary real estate investment courses, I've added this excellent analysis to my "must read" list of reference texts. Frank's 37 baseline chapters provide clarity and insight into basic investment measures. His examples demonstrate uncluttered applications of complex ideas in a logical and 'makes sense' manner. The sequence of chapters builds on basic concepts of measurement and carries the reader through reversion. The case studies provide concrete examples of investment scenarios which are applicable in real life real estate investing. Candidly,I feel that if novice real estate investors had read Frank's books prior to "pulling the trigger", I truly believe they would have made more prudent decisions and saved themselves a lot of money and anxiety. This book is definitely a good read and a must for every real estate investor's library!
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"You should recognize that investing is a program for the long-term building of wealth, and it has little or nothing to do with speculation."

The above quote, directly from the book, instantly resonated with me. Frank Gallinelli wants to help you become the (unassuming) 'millionaire next door.' Not with get-rich-quick, info-mercial jargon, but by prodiving the reader with real, wealth-building knowledge. The book spills over with pearls of analytical wisdom specific to real estate investing. The current market is ripe with opportunity and this book does a great job of simply explaining complex calculations that should be part of every real estate investor's evaluation process. All the best to you.
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This book is similar to What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know about Cash Flow by the same author, but I think it takes readers to another level. The author cover 37 key real estate measures such as simple interest, compound interest, present value, gross rent multiplier, net operating income, discounted cash flow, and internal rate of return (IRR). Each metric gets its own chapter. In addition, there are four chapters dedicated to case studies that show how to use some of these metrics within the analysis.

I appreciate that the author decided to write this book after getting comments and questions from readers about the book mentioned above. I am a big fan of this author, and I highly recommend all three of his books. They are not the get-rich-quick-schemes, and they provide good education.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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The Case Studies are worth purchasing this book; the exercises for the equations get a bit redundant. I ordered the "sample" of Frank's first book - the coverage of the equations seemed to be better there, than in this book.
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