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Real Estate Investing For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-94822-4
408 pages
February 2015
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Everything you need to confidently make real estate part of your investing plan

Do you want to get involved in real estate investing, but aren't quite sure where to start? Real Estate Investing For Dummies is your go-to resource for making sense of the subject, offering plain-English, step-by-step explanations of everything you need to know to keep yourself one step ahead of the competition. Inside, you'll discover how to overcome the challenges of the market, take advantage of the opportunities in any real estate environment—including a down market—and so much more.

Written by industry experts Eric Tyson and Robert Griswold, this new edition of Real Estate Investing For Dummies offers proven, practical, and actionable advice for anyone who wants to invest in income-producing properties. With the help of this straightforward and time-tested information, you'll get the know-how to wisely and confidently make smart, sound, and informed real estate investing decisions that will reap big rewards.

  • Shows you how to make real estate part of your long-term investment plan
  • Provides tips on getting the best deals on financing
  • Offers trusted guidance on mastering the art of property valuation
  • Gives you access to unprecedented information on how to build wealth in any market

If you want to jump into the real estate market as a first-time investor or just want to brush up on recent changes that have occurred in the field, Real Estate Investing For Dummies is an essential resource you'll turn to again and again.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Real Estate Investing 5

Chapter 1: Evaluating Real Estate as an Investment 7

Chapter 2: Covering Common Real Estate Investments 23

Chapter 3: Considering Foreclosures, REOs, Probate Sales, and More 41

Chapter 4: Taking the Passive Approach 59

Chapter 5: Fast Money: Small Down Payments and Property Flips 75

Chapter 6: Building Your Team 83

Part II: How to Get the Money: Raising Capital and Financing 99

Chapter 7: Identifying Sources of Capital 101

Chapter 8: Financing Your Property Purchases 113

Chapter 9: Securing the Best Mortgage Terms 131

Part III: Finding and Evaluating Properties 139

Chapter 10: Location, Location, Value 141

Chapter 11: Understanding Leases and Property Valuation 171

Chapter 12: Valuing Property through Number Crunching 185

Chapter 13: Preparing and Making an Offer 211

Chapter 14: Due Diligence, Property Inspections, and Closing 229

Part IV: Operating the Property 265

Chapter 15: Landlording 101 267

Chapter 16: Protecting Your Investment: Insurance and Risk Management 301

Chapter 17: Recordkeeping and Accounting 311

Chapter 18: Looking at Tax Considerations and Exit Strategies 325

Part V: The Part of Tens 349

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Increase a Property’s Value 351

Chapter 20: Ten Steps to Real Estate Investing Success 359

Index 369

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Author Information

Eric Tyson, MBA, is a nationally recognized personal finance counselor, syndicated columnist, and bestselling author of numerous For Dummies books. Robert S. Griswold , MSBA, is a successful real estate investor, hands-on property manager with a large portfolio of residential and commercial properties, and the author of Property Management Kit For Dummies and co-author of Landlord's Legal Kit For Dummies.

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