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Investing in Real Estate [Paperback]

Gary W. Eldred

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April 3 2012 Investing in Real Estate
The bestselling guide to real estate, newly revised for today's investors

More than ever, investing in property today will set you on track to conquer financial uncertainty and build your long-term net worth. Investing in Real Estate, Seventh Edition offers dozens of experience- proven methods to convert these challenging times into the best of times.

Whether you want to fix and sell or buy, improve, and hold, market savvy real estate investor Gary W. Eldred shows you how to achieve your goals. He provides time-tested ways to grow a profitable portfolio and shows you how property investing can deliver twenty-two sources of financial return. You'll learn how to negotiate like a pro, read market trends, and choose from multiple possibilities to finance your properties. This timely new edition also includes:

  • Historical context to emphasize how bargain prices and near record low interest rates now combine to offer unprecedented potential for short- and long-term profits

  • Successfully navigate and meet today's loan underwriting standards

  • How to obtain discounted property prices from banks, underwater owners, and government agencies

  • How to value properties accurately—and, when necessary, intelligently challenge poorly prepared lender appraisals

  • Effective techniques to acquire REOs and short sales on favorable terms within reasonable time frames

  • How to market and manage your properties to outperform other investors

  • And much more!

Join the pros who are profiting from today's market. All you need is the knowledge edge provided by Investing in Real Estate, Seventh Edition—the most favored and reliable guide to gaining the rewards that real estate offers.

"This is the best how-to-invest-in-real-estate book available."
Robert Bruss

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About the Author

GARY W. ELDRED, PhD is the bestselling author of The Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing, The 106 Common Mistakes Homebuyers Make (and How to Avoid Them), Trump University Real Estate 101, and many others. He is a leading real estate authority whose Fortune 500 clients have included Wells Fargo, Georgia- Pacific, and Century 21. He frequently speaks at national investment conferences and has served on the graduate business faculty at Stanford University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Virginia.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Starter Book Oct. 5 2013
By dbianco - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was required as the text book for an introduction real estate class. The book covers a lot of information that is needed to buy real estate in an informed manner. Be careful when reading this book or talking to real estate "experts" as they love real estate and many of the risks and extra work that is required is smoothed over. Overall the book is a good read and informative.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on enthusiasm, light on details July 15 2014
By IAN PATTON - Published on Amazon.com
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For a guy who purportedly has a PhD, lectures on investing, and has a book which is into it's 7th edition, this is full of so much pablum and generic, sometimes, poor writing, you've really got to wonder. He's constantly warning you about other guy's phony real estate schemes, seminars, books, and CDs, and yet he's willing to take your book (or kindle) money and tell you stuff like, "If it is cold outside, protect pipes exposed to the weather." First of all, sloppy writing/logic ("if it IS cold outside..."??--what if, duh, you're house hunting in Minnesota in August--how about, "If the AREA is PRONE to cold..." or some similarly sensibly written construction.).

More importantly, the book is full of generic advice like this, which is little more than common sense, without telling new investors what they actually need to know.. concrete, detailed examples or some ballpark figures or ratios or percentages (or online calculators, like homewyse.com, which I found on my own) for actually calculating real costs beforehand. Presumably his vast personal experience in real estate would afford us readers the benefits of his past costly screw-ups. He includes a few, again very general, references to mistakes he's made in the past. But nothing concrete, like hey, here's the way not to spend your entire profit margin+ on x plumbing or electrical or mold other murphy's law situation.

And this isn't even his "Beginner's Guide"! That's another of his books! I can only imagine how useless that book must be. This book does have a few useful items, but I found them to be few and far between.

Couple other issues:

1) Some info has been contradicted by my own experience (which calls all info into question): he says there's no inspection period ("due diligence") on HUD and VA foreclosures. I was in escrow on a VA foreclosure, and that was not the case--there was a normal 10-day due diligence. (By the way, he also doesn't even mention terms like "due diligence" or "EMD" until way into the book.. but maybe he saved his useful glossary for the "Beginner's Guide"...?)

2) This book, yet again, is generically, and misleadingly, entitled "Investing in Real Estate". In fact, the real estate he's talking about is primarily single family houses (SFRs), either to be rented out or flipped. But the title of course will probably give many the impression that this is their entre into the world of real estate investing, from single family; to 2-, 3-, & 4-plexes; to commercial real estate like 5+ unit multi-families and retail, land, etc. He touches on those other areas slightly, but the bulk of the book seems to assume you're just looking at SFRs or maybe 2-4-plexes. He doesn't mention that, depending on the market (So. Cal., for ex.) it would be impossible to squeeze enough rent out of most houses to justify purchasing as an investment. Apartment buildings and other commercial, might make sense depending on the situation, but does he tell you how different an industry that is? Does he help you get into it? To figure out how/whether to deal w/ commercial agents, commercial mortgage brokers, reasonable commissions, online data (i.e. the commercial and residential MLSs are different systems, and how/whether to try to access the commercial systems through expensive portals like LoopNet and CoStar??)....... No, of course not.

Prof. Eldred does however recommend you get a real estate agent "pro" (actually he's constantly just telling you to get a "pro" for this or that aspect of the real estate business) to help you out if you're doing anything beyond the most basic transaction (i.e. foreclosures, REOs, etc.).. If you're lucky, he or she might even tell you everything that was supposed to be in this book.

The two stars is generous on my part. Prof./Dr./Whatever Eldred probably does not deserve your money. It's not that there's no truth to what he says -- it's just that he doesn't give you enough concrete advice, and he fails to say how time consuming/difficult/potentially costly it can be to properly execute (for someone new to the business) many of the tasks he breezily glosses over in his glee to promote real estate as the perfect tool to build an immense personal fortune over the course of a few decades. Yes, I'm sure it can be, but this book won't even really get you started on the path.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginners Dec 23 2012
By M. Knight - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been investing in real estate for several; years and hoped to gain some new insights. This book is well written but is for those thinking about investing or just getting started.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most info of all books i have read on Real Estate Dec 1 2012
By Jon Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
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great book for some one wanting to get into investing in real estate. all the things you need. I have read 3 so far on real estate and this one was the most helpful.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book to add to your real estate library July 26 2014
By Canfit - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book after reading Trump University 101. Gary W. Eldred pretty much wrote that book and I really liked his advice. This book is great for someone who is looking to get deep into the numbers and wants to learn how to really understand the in's/out's. This book also covers everything in real estate from buying & holding, to flipping and selling. It's a pretty big book with lots of pages and small print, but it's jam-packed with useful information. I find that it took me longer than others to read it, but it's great for a numbers person. My husband read it way quicker than I did. Some real estate books are really broad and don't detail the execution, whereas this book is detailed and specific. So if you are just getting started in the real estate business and are wanting to learn your way, or even if you want to just do continuing education, this is a great book to add to your library. It's also pretty current with today's market conditions which is a plus since some real estate books are dated and don't make since with today's economy.

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