This month's issue...
2721 The perennial rent-versus-buy-decision article
2723 Death of suburbs may be greatly exaggerated
2725 Silicon Valley, Canada
2726 Suspicious flip gross profit margins
2727 High inflation driving money into real estate in Venezuela
2727 Whistler, Canada mess
2728 Flip This House’s Montelongo filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy
2728 Productivity increases and land use
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Better ways to invest
Real estate investment books in book stores have lately become not much more than lead generators for Utah telemarketers. For real estate investment, book stores have turned into an advertising medium, not an information source. But other type of books still provide good real estate insights like those on securities investing, high performance in various fields, economics and financial history. In a nutshell, my books and newsletter tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. Real estate investment is tough, but there are ways you can be successful at it on purpose if you are equipped with the right information.
I have been thinking about real estate investment an enormous amount of the time since I was a senior in college in 1967. For a while, when we would go to a cocktail pary or barbecue, my wife would warn me in the car on the way, “Don’t talk about real estate” because I was so enthused about it I would end up talking too long and excitedly about it. Although I must add that a number of my friends and relatives who heard such pitches from me ended up becoming real etate investment millionaires as a result.
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Sometimes I think of a better way to invest just by thinking about the subject because of my 42 years of experience and study and formal education. Sometimes seeing a story in the media triggers a new insight. Other times I read a book that turns on the light bulb. Often, these days, I get such “better ways to do real estate” ideas from non-real estate books.
I also get communications from investors who tell me about interesting things they are doing. My newsletter has had hundreds of actual case histories over the years, mostly from such calls. And I occasionally see media stories about interesting real estate investment deals that I reanalyze to provide a more realistic and complete explanation of what happened and why.
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Your real estate publications are of great value to me. It is now about 20 years since I ran across an early version of Aggressive Tax Avoidance, read it avidly, and filed away mentally the information on 1031 like kind exchanges. That one tip, and follow up comments you have made about exchanges in other publications, has made me about $100,000 in extra profits in my real estate investing over the past several years. I have not read every word you have written on real estate investing, so I wonder now what I may have missed. Perhaps I should buy all your other publications just to make sure. Certainly they are a better way to gain information than most of the dreck on the market today.
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Topics include how to:
- understand new tax laws
- find financing below
- find deals that make sense
- deal with lawsuits
- minimize income taxes
- protect assets
- buy real estate at bargain prices
- use computers and the Internet in real estate
- avoid environmental liability
- exchange tax-free
- increase the value of your real estate
- minimize expenses
- pay the minimum interest rate
- do a lease option correctly
- understand new laws and court decisions pertaining to real estate investments
Many issues include actual case histories of successful investment strategies.
Real Estate Investor's Monthly has been published continuously since February, 1986. In recent years, many people have begun asking if a subscription includes access to all past articles. No, it does not. I publish some past articles into books organized by subject.
Real Estate Investor's Monthly covers the following subjects:
- Conventional 1- to 4-family
- Conventional income property
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- VA 1- to 4-family
- HUD income property
- Seller financing
- Lines of credit
- Other Real Estate Owned by lending institutions as a result of foreclosure
- Pay down of existing mortgages
- Best loan-to-value ratio