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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Plenty of realistic and credible info May 18 2012
By Gaetan Lion - Published on
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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. Yet, as off my writing this review and after just having studied IRS Publication 527 on Residential Rental Property, the information disclosed in the book seemed pretty accurate and current as of now. This obviously does not preclude that the info will be obsolete tomorrow as the two cautious authors warn.

Overall, I do strongly recommend this book. It is a very small investment with a huge return in terms of your gaining much knowledge regarding this complex investment field.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Informative, clear, and easy to understand May 13 2011
By S. Fann - Published on
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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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Thank you! Aug. 31 2012
By Buddy Revell - Published on
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book and an easy read May 9 2013
By Melanie Renazco - Published on
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book! Nov. 25 2011
By Debra An - Published on
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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.