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Now updated — your guide to building long-term wealth through real estate

Want to be a successful real estate investor? Eric Tyson and Robert Griswold present their proven strategies, along with updated tips for easily riding out downturns in the real estate market. From homes and apartment buildings to duplexes, commercial properties, and real estate investment trusts (REITs), you'll master every aspect of investing in and financing properties, and see how to increase their value.

  • Build a foundation for investing success — get your finances in order, weigh your investment options, understand the risks, and work with real estate pros

  • You have to pay to play — raise capital, finance your purchases, and secure the best mortgage terms

  • Find and evaluate properties — choose the best locations, understand leases, project a property's cash flow, and decide how much to pay

  • Master the negotiation process — assemble attractive offers, complete the purchase agreement, conduct formal due diligence, and close the sale

  • Manage your property — be a top-notch landlord (or hire help), get the insurance you need, know the tax angles, and decide when and how to sell

"Both beginner and experienced real estate investors will profit from studying all the aspects to consider when maximizing property profits."
Bob Bruss, Inman News, on Real Estate Investing For Dummies

"This is simply the best book on the topic."
Randall Bell, author, Home Owner's Manual

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for buying and improving properties

  • Proven methods for boosting a property's return and value

  • The opportunities of the market downturn

  • Expanded coverage on foreclosures, short sales, and REOs

  • The latest on buying fixer-uppers and flipping

  • New details on buying hotel condos and timeshares

  • Changes in the tax laws

  • Finding properties online

About the Author

Eric Tyson is a nationally recognized personal finance counselor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist. He is the author of numerous bestselling For Dummies books on real estate, small business, personal finance, and investing.

Robert S. Griswold is a successful real estate investor and hands-on property manager with a large portfolio of residential and commercial rental properties.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047028966X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470289662
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors cover a lot of grounds very efficiently. The book is well written in a crystal clear prose that is very informative. There are several aspects of real estate I know about, invariably I found the authors information on all those counts accurate. This gave me confidence that the authors' coverage on the multitude of things about real estate I do not know anything about was credible.

One of the authors main quality is that they do not overplay much the merits of real estate investing. For the most part it is hard work. Landlording is not for everyone. And, the way they test your own temperament and lifestyle preferences to figure out if you are cut for that job is realistic. Many of the readers may find out they are not cut out to manage their own property. If that is the case, don't despair. You can always hire a property manager. But, that is going to cost you a good 10% of your rental revenues or you can even just invest in REITs. However, with the latter you will not achieve the same leverage, return profile, and tax advantages as with firsthand real estate direct investments. It is a world of trade offs out there with no explicit free lunch. If you want the easy path to real estate investing (hiring property manager, investing in REIT), your return profile may be much different. And, the authors impart very good information on all those options.

Their section on tax is also excellent. They always state the caveat that tax considerations are complicated, and that tax laws constantly change, so that you should not explore tax considerations without a professional advisor.
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As a young investor, I found this an excellent read and I imagine I will be referring to it for years to come. It offers sound advice on investing - backed by facts in the form of graphics, articles, examples, and clear references. Opinions are clearly marked as such - opinions, and the authors aren't trying to sell you some other product. Aside from covering in detail the topic of active Real Estate investing, it also covers (to a lesser extent)passive real estate investing, tax issues, advice on personal financing, and finally - information on where to learn more.

I love this book and I would gladly buy it again if given the choice.
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Very easy book to read for the non-real estate person. I would commend this to anyone who is interested in buying any commercial property for any reason. We bought it when we were purchasing a stand-alone office building and had never done so before. It helped to avoid a lot of headaches.
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It gives a overall information and is very helpful! I love the tips and warnings. It is great is you have never done Real Estate investing and even if you have their still may be something you may not know that can be in it that you may not have known.
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The "for dummies" books are very helpful. This work did a wonderful job of outlining the basics and pitfalls of being a Slum Lord. After pondering the idea and deciding to research via this book, I came to my senses and gave up the thought.

These books are NOT designed to motivate the skeptical and that is WONDERFUL! Warnings and hard truths are clearly outlined.

If you are like me and figured make a few extra bucks doing handywork/collecting rent might be a decent "hobby," take a gander.
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I have been investing in real estate for over 30 years. I love the way this is written. Easy to understand and follow. Great tips. And they freely share their real-world experiences. I've learned quite a bit and will surely read this (or important excerpts that I've bookmarked) over and over again until it all sinks in and become rote.
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Still reading it.. It provides the tip-card which is excellent work.

I would say the Book iterated my 2-3 years of research in Real Estate. Plus, learned more too..

Still reading..
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I read this book front to back. I was enjoying the reading, but felt that it was slapping you with reality check. The author tells you to forget those "No Money Down" deals because it won't happen, if it does..rarely. It was pretty much putting down the Real Estate Gurus out there.

I will be using this for a reference like a textbook. Whenever I need to lookup something. I can always refer back to it.
This book is an information educational book. It isn't like the other real estate books that are motivational and tells you what are the possibilities if one technique doesn't work.

Please visit [...] for blog and news plus an investors club for off-market properties.
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