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Stock markets rise, and stock markets fall, but real estate is almost always a sure thing, especially in today's increasingly unpredictable investment climate. That's why more and more average Americans are becoming interested in pursuing real estate investing. How to Get Started in Real Estate Investing shows them how.

Writing for investors with little or no experience in real estate, best-selling real estate author Bob Irwin walks listeners through all the ins and outs of real estate investing. In a friendly, reassuring, no-hype style, he fills them in on everything they need to know to start building a winning real estate investment strategy of their own­­ from how much money they'll need to get started, to how to find and evaluate properties, to the basics of financing and taxes. He delineates the seven major techniques used by successful real estate investors and provides guidelines for choosing and adapting the right one for individual listeners' goals, personalities, and budgets.

©2002 Robert Irwin; (P)2003 AMI

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  • Mark
  • Diamond Bar, CA, USA
  • 06-15-06

Excellent Primer for beginner

I'm new to real estate and I really enjoyed this book. It touches on many of the basics and digs in a little enough to give you a some understanding keeps it light enough so that it doesn't overwhelm you. I found it very easy to follow.

I found the areas of REO's of interest and also how aparments and office space get valued based on their current leases. Very interesting stuff if you are new to the field like I am. I wish there was a volume 2 to dig in deeper now! Otherwise I'd give it 5stars.

I also liked the narrator.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Carlos
  • miami beach, FL, USA
  • 09-25-07

Did everything it promised

I actually got the audiobook and it was simple enough and easy to follow yet still offered a lot of usefull information. I've actually heard it three times.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Carlton
  • Enfield, CT, United States
  • 10-10-11

Definitely Not the First Book to Read

I would not suggest this book to someone who is just getting started in real estate investing, despite the title. Some of the concepts are slightly more advanced and the book lacks the step-by-step organization of other references. It includes several interesting tricks and examples, but it would be more time effective to start with a different book or skip this one all together. There are many other more suitable substitutes for those at the entry level of real estate investing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 07-17-10

Out of topic. Skip it!

This books gives a very general overview of all the different types of property investment such as foreclosure,Single family units, REO, commercial, strip malls etc. However, many of these investments are reserved for those who have more experience. Since the book is meant for a first-timer, I am not sure why these information took up so much space in the book. On the other hand, this book skims through the important topics I was hoping to learn about such as getting a good interest rate, mortgage, location. Instead, this book assumes that you know nothing in life in general and tells you to have a good personality (DUH). I also have a strong dislike of books that state your response should depend on the situation. While this is true, I am reading a book to look for some definitive guidelines! Very disappointing. A waste of credit :( 1 point for the narrator for he has an enthusiastic voice to help me get through the chapters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Packed with Info

I really enjoyed this listen- full of info but not too dry.

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Straight to the point!

Very professional and to the point. Flowed through very well. Material still fresh and valid.

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  • Chad
  • Stradburg, VA, United States
  • 02-06-12

Solid Information, Very Helpful

Book was very informative for someone like myself who knew little about real estate before listening to this book.

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  • Antone
  • St.Petersburg, FL, USA
  • 01-02-09

Very good and informative

This audio book was great, very informative, and not loaded with all that motivational crap like the some of the other books out there.

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  • William
  • San Marcos, TX, USA
  • 04-15-07

Very informative

I am a soon-to-be college graduate, and I found this book very informative. I am excited about putting some of this information to use. From here, all I need is experience.

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  • Shahar
  • 06-03-09

Great Book

I found this book very helpful, well written to the point and very informative.
A must for every real estate investor.