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Emerging Real Estate Markets: How to Find and Profit from Up-and-Coming Areas Hardcover – Oct 26 2007

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Oct. 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470174668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470174661
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Inside Flap

How a Dirt-Poor Landscaper Cracked the Code to Emerging Market Real Estate Investing—and Built a Financial Empire

While many real estate markets have cooled off, there are major hot spots throughout the country that are booming due to population growth and urban expansion. These emerging markets are where the next wave of big-time real estate profits will be found. In Emerging Real Estate Markets, David Lindahl shows you how to find these markets, get started investing with little of your own cash, and maximize your profits.

The key lies in knowing how real estate markets cycle through ups and downs. If you know what to look for, you can tell when a market is about to heat up. Invest at the right time in the right place, and your profits will be dramatic. Does that sound too good to be true? It's not. The tactics you'll read here helped Lindahl, a landscaper when he started investing in real estate, to build a real estate empire!

Even if your market isn't currently heating up, Lindahl will show you long-distance "hands-off" strategies for finding and investing in other markets that are. He also provides practical strategies for investing in markets in any stage of the cycle so you can invest no matter where you are or where your market is.

Inside, you'll discover how to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of emerging markets
  • Tell the difference between gold mines and land mines
  • Close your first deal—even if you don't have much money
  • Determine where and when to buy
  • Maintain positive cash flow
  • Find diamonds in the rough
  • Avoid the biggest mistakes investors make in emerging markets
  • Finance all your deals with a simple four-step system
  • Accurately rate the investment potential of any property
  • Build a team of professionals to help you succeed

Real estate investing is not a guessing game. If you know what signs to look for, you can accurately predict the next hot markets. Plus, with the smart investing tactics Lindahl shares, you'll be able to invest with confidence, intelligence, and success.

From the Back Cover


"In this book, you'll discover how to snatch real estate opportunities at low prices, before their value becomes common knowledge. Buy all the copies on the bookshelf before your competitor does!"
—Frank McKinney, "The Maverick Daredevil Real Estate Entrepreneur" and author of Frank McKinney's Maverick Approach to Real Estate Success

"I've never seen another real estate book even come close to laying out a profit road map the way this one does. If your local economy is too hot or too cold, Lindahl's guide will show you how to invest in the up-and-coming markets with the greatest profit potential."
—Stacy Kellams, President,

"Lindahl shows you how to look into the future and see where the next hot real estate markets will be. It's the closest thing I've found to a real estate crystal ball."
—Jeff Adams, President,

"The brilliant thing about this book is Lindahl's approach to investing by 'remote control.' He has a real-world system for living in one place and making money from investments in another."
—William Bronchick, attorney and coauthor of Flipping Properties

"In the crowded field of real estate gurus, Lindahl stands head-and-shoulders above the rest. This book is must reading for any serious investor—beginner or veteran."
—Justin Ford, author of Seeds of Wealth and Main Street Millionaire

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Even in times when most markets are crashing, you'll find a market that is just about to explode. Maybe that market is on the other side of the country, or maybe it's just a small section within the city you live in, but either way there are opportunities out there. You just have to find them. I completely agree...And David Lindahl provides the tools and instructions on what to look for to identify such markets. And, depending on what phase of the market you're investing in, he also outlines which strategies to employ with your investments.

It's a great read for anybody that is interested in learning the basics of multi-unit investing. He covers off valuing properties, understanding the markets, reducing costs and raising rents. He also covers off some mistakes to avoid - wish I would have read this book 8 years ago!

The only thing that makes me hold back from giving it a five star rating is that I often found him to be a bit cocky and condescending - especially towards burned out landlords (which is one of the big sources of good deals...people who've been badly managing their properties and are desperate to dump them). Maybe I am just super sensitive because my husband and I were burned out landlords when we first began investing? I relate to this statement he makes on p.91...and not because of properties I've purchased from burned out landlords...but from being one! "Keep in mind that while you're making good money, you're also doing the burned-out landlord a favor by taking the headache property off his or her hands. Some of these stressed-out landlords are compromising their physical and mental health by holding on to properties they cannot manage".

Either way - this book is jam packed with great lessons. It's a resource that I will be keeping in my library, so you won't find my copy at my local used bookstore.
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Great buy with a mix of tips and secrets coming from David experience. Contains marketing material. For any beginner to intermediary RE investors ! Worth the investment !!
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8dfd20) out of 5 stars decent, although main theme is not emerging markets Dec 17 2007
By Sunny Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is pretty decent providing useful information, although there are some points I disagree with. The purpose of the book is to plug his website and tutorial products. Although the book discusses emerging markets (local markets on the upswing) this is standard advice given in any real estate book. It's not like the whole book specializes on that topic. The book focuses on multi-unit apartment buildings.

More accurate title: Decent book on investing in multi-unit apartments and lots of plugs for my website and products.
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd6cfb4) out of 5 stars A Word of Caution! Jan. 15 2008
By Paul Hecht - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Being a full time investor myself - I am always reading other people's books to see if they have an angle to make a project more profitable or an idea that I have not used myself yet.

In David Lindahl's book - I found that it had some good fundamental advice of what types of markets to invest in as well as leveraging other people's time so that you can focus on your own highest and most productive use of your own personal time. Being involved in many multi-unit investments myself - Dave did acknowledge and cover some of the largest pitfalls that one can get into with these large buildings.

However, I did find it a bit discouraging that someone with so much experience is suggesting that complete novices purchase large multi-unit buildings to start with - especially since they have no experience with the fundamentals of investment real estate in the first place. Of which, Dave developed with his single family properties and then moved into larger units which gave him the knowledge based on previous experience.

From Dave's perspective I can see how someone with his experience (starting with single family homes)- could view this today as easy and that even a beginer could do it.

I honestly don't believe that most people - especially beginners, should buy such large complexes to start with. As profitable as they are for experienced investors, one needs to understand the basic fundamentals first. This sounds like the 'get rich quick' type of marketing to beginners that gets people into trouble very quickly.

This book is best suited to someone who has previous experience and is looking to get into larger deals - not beginners. Even for the experienced investor - this book only covers the basics of multi-family investing and it not a technical book. It is more of a promotion for Dave's courses, which may be worth the investment for someone who already owns investment real estate and wants to get into bigger projects.
39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8dbee8) out of 5 stars Real Estate Investment 101 Nov. 2 2007
By Mind-Body-Spirit - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A friend of mine wants to buy her first house but she wants to read a couple of books first to avoid making any major mistakes in this declining real estate market. As a former realtor, I offered to do some research on Amazon and help her find a right books.

In the process of reading review after review for many real estate investment books, I stumbled upon this one. I read the reviews and bought it kind of impulsively, because it seemed like a good choice for her.

As I got into the book, I found that it was exactly the right book for her, and I found myself impressed and surprised at the quality of the advice included in this book. Although this book was written for real estate investors, I found the information to be really right on the money and I felt that it would translate nicely for someone who wants to buy a single family house.

Typically, investment books exaggerate either the upside or the downside or both. Emerging Real Estate Markets seems pretty real world to me, revealing realistic challenges and rewards for the serious real estate investor.

For me, the most valuable part of this book are the sections that specifically address finding potentially profitable real estate markets BEFORE they become obvious. Very very insightful and helpful.

This is a great book for anyone working in real estate, anyone wanting to buy a house, or anyone who is currently actively investing in real estate.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd6cbe8) out of 5 stars David Lindahl stole his ideas from Marc Garrison the author of "Unlimited Real Estate Profit" June 14 2008
By Stephen Wayner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Several years ago David Lindahl was a eager young student of Marc Garrison the author of "Unlimited Real Estate Profit". David even appears on Marc's 21 DVD course. What David has done with his new book is to rip off Marc's work on emerging absorption markets. You should go to Marc's website to find out more. I would encourage you to read his website selection "The Fifth Migration" and "The Garrison Cycle". Marc started investing in 1978. His profit from his real estate paid for 2 undergraduate degrees, an MBA, then he started work on a Ph.D. in real estate economics. That academic study led him to an understanding of which markets to invest in, which ones to hold in, and which ones to sell in.

I met Marc on one of his BuyingTours. Talk about fantastic. For the past 22 years Marc has knocked home run after home run in 18 new absorption markets. In July of 08 he will open up his 19th emerging absorption market. If you want to be sold / telemarketed contact David Lindahl.

I far prefer Garrison's style - when you call you can talk with Marc if he is not busy. But, if he is busy he will personally call you back as soon as he can. I have studied under 7 or 8 Gurus to date. Marc is the only one that I have ever been able to personally talk with. Marc is a breath of fresh air in the sweat shop hard core telemarketed snake oil sales routine.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dd6cd74) out of 5 stars Good book, esp. for those interested in apartment investing Dec 28 2007
By Kara Lane - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Emerging Real Estate Markets is a good book for those wishing to invest in commercial real estate, especially apartment buildings. When I bought the book, I was more interested in investing in individual homes or condos, but that is not the main focus of the book.

With respect to emerging markets, the author doesn't talk about specific up-and-coming markets (e.g. Florida markets, etc.), but he does tell the reader how to identify markets which he refers to as:
- Buyer's Market Phase I
- Buyer's Market Phase II
- Seller's Market Phase I
- Seller's Market Phase II

Most of the rest of the book is about how to do a deal, where to find money, how to inspect the property, etc.

This author clearly knows his stuff and his writing style is good. If you're looking to invest in multi-unit apartment buildings, and you're looking for advice on everything from finding a deal to closing a deal, then this would be a good book to read!