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The Wall Street Journal. Complete Real-Estate Investing Guidebook

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The conservative, thoughtful, thrifty investor’s guide to building a real-estate empire.

Profitable real-estate investing opportunities exist everywhere as long as you know what to look for and understand how to make prudent deals that transform property into profits. David Crook, of The Wall Street Journal, shows how to make safe and sane investments that ensure a good nig
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Crown Business
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I trade commodities for a living, but I know precious little about other aspects of the investment world, so I conducted my own Spring seminar by going to the library and picking out a small stack of investment books, and this is the first one I read. It's a solid primer on the fundamentals of the real estate market, and it is relatively well-written, particularly compared to some of the crap that passes for business writing. While it didn't give me any brilliant investment ideas, it did provide ...more
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This was a supremely informative book that delved into every aspect of the basics on novice real estate investing. Emphasis on the novice part. This book is merely a starting point for any serious investor and is far from a how-to manual. Tips and tricks are footnoted throughout, but the author says from the beginning that this isn't a get rich quick book or scheme. It's educational, worth reading and most definitely recommended.
I got this book free in business school and thought it was worthwhile. People that have real-estate knowledge likely will not benefit from reading it. Me, I had no knowledge and skipped a prerequisite for an advanced class. I read it in two days and while I hadn't been caught up, I wasn't lost.

If you are thinking about purchasing a home and know nothing about real estate, read it. Otherwise, don't.
This is a very easy to read, comprehensible introduction to real estate investing. It's not about getting rich quick, or making a million with no money down. It's about how to take advantage of real estate investing through smart, cautious strategies, and it's a great book for anyone looking for a smart way to invest their money.
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DAVID CROOK is the editor of The Wall Street Journal Sunday, the personal finance section that appears in more than 60 papers around the country.

David's "Real-Estate Investing" book was published in 2006. His "The Wall Street Journal Complete Home Owner's Guidebook," which is to be published by Three Rivers Press in late 2008.

David was part of the original team that developed and launched the high
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