Cashing in on Pre-foreclosures and Short Sales: A Real Estate Investor's Guide to Making a Fortune Even in a Down Market Paperback – Feb 9 2009
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From the Back Cover
Boost your profits in any market!
Foreclosures are soaring, and that's a sad fact of our current economy. But it's also a great opportunity for real estate investors who want to get into the market while the getting is good. In fact, all these foreclosures may signal the coming of the best buyer's market in decades. Cashing In on Pre-Foreclosures and Short Sales shows you exactly how to take advantage of the current market to earn great money right now.
But it's not just about making money after someone loses their home. Through short sales, you can actually help owners in distress get out of unaffordable mortgages and into new homes more in line with their finances. Pre-foreclosures and short sales are great ways to make money and help struggling homeowners.
Inside, real estate specialist Chip Cummings gives you all the tools you need to get started, including tips from insiders, sample forms and letters, handy checklists, and a wealth of other resources. With step-by-step guidance and practical, real-world tools, this is the only guide you need to learn how to:
- Understand all the steps in the foreclosure process
Develop an effective foreclosure investing strategy
Navigate state foreclosure laws and regulations
Use creative financing solutions
Build your investing "dream team"
Locate and evaluate great properties
Conduct thorough property inspections
Negotiate to win with owners and lenders
Avoid frauds and investment schemes
Fix up and rent out a new property
Stage, market, and sell properties for maximum profit
Avoid the amateur mistakes that could cost you thousands
And much more!
About the Author
CHIP CUMMINGS is a real estate investor, licensed mortgage lender, certified trainer for the National Association of Mortgage Brokers, and past president of the Michigan Mortgage Brokers Association. He is also the co-author, with Ralph Roberts, of the Wiley titles Mortgage Myths and Foreclosure Myths.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This book is worth the money because the author gives excellent advice on valuing a "near-foreclosure," and in fact any home. All of which is quite useful in any market. The only problem is that to follow all his recommendations you pretty much have to quit your job (if you still have one) and have enough $$ to survive until your resell your first property. And that could be a very long time indeed. People aren't buying, banks supposedly aren't lending, and due to the job situation fewer people are moving.
As the author points out the average home is on the market for 11 months. How many investors, at this juncture, can pay taxes and maintenance on an empty investment property for 11 months? And what does this investor do when, 11 months (or 24 months) down the road, the home's price has fallen by 25, 40, or 50%?
If you think that can't happen, you haven't been watching this economy very closely.
This book would get five stars during a "normal" recession, where you expect things to pick up in six to twelve months. During a meltdown it's sheer madness to commit your time and capital to assets that probably, sadly, still have a long way down to go.
I really liked the theme that Mr. Cummings weaves throughout the chapters: that in getting your hands a little dirty, you still need to do it with honesty and "forthrightedness". There's an underlying message that there's a right way and a wrong way to doing business, and he teaches the high-road approach. Even the password you need to enter to access the supplemental material emphasizes this theme.
The most impressive aspect of this book was the author's standing by his word. He offers his email address and encourages the reader to contact him with questions. I took him up on that and was a bit surprised to receive a timely, personalized reply, and not a pitch for more products. In fact, he followed up with me to ensure I got what I needed. For my $20, I'd say he more than delivered.
In addition the forms, letters, and worksheets alone are worth more than this book. They can be downloaded from the author's website in Microsoft Word format. Some of them include marketing letters to real estate agents, letters to homeowners, foreclosure tracking worksheets, and borrower authorization forms.
- 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
The author uses a direct approach without a lot of extra "theory". His experience comes through clearly, and the actual letters and checklists add greatly to the value of the text.
Easy book to recommend, and great addition to my library.
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