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  • ISBN-13: 9781580622585
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x
Foreword xiii
It may be a cliche to think of home ownership as the American Dream, but there is still truth to the notion
Chapter 1 How Foreclosures Happen 1
What is a foreclosure?
What is the difference between a mortgagor and a mortgagee?
What are the five covenants of a mortgage?
What are the root causes of a foreclosure proceeding?
Chapter 2 The Foreclosure Proceedings 11
Why must you know the bank's point of view?
What are the stages of foreclosure?
How can you tell if you're getting what you think you're getting?
What research is involved in foreclosure purchases?
Chapter 3 Contacting Mortgagors Prior to the Sale 21
How do you find people whose properties are facing foreclosure?
Who will you be dealing with?
Should you consider lease arrangements?
What are "due on sale" clauses?
Chapter 4 Dealing with Banks 35
Why do banks prefer to get rid of their owned real estate?
What changes have taken place in recent years that have affected the way foreclosures are handled?
How do you submit a bid?
What about HUD and VA offerings?
Chapter 5 Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure 47
When you can't sell and must get out, there's a way to avoid the carrying expenses and/or foreclosure
Chapter 6 Other Reasons for Foreclosure 53
What are tax sales and sheriff's sales?
How do they differ from foreclosure sales?
What are the major nonmonetary reasons for default?
Chapter 7 Before the Sale 61
What are the three types of people who look to purchase foreclosures?
How should you handle financing?
Should a lawyer attend the sale?
Do you need an engineer's report?
Chapter 8 The Sale 73
Where is the sale held?
Should you consider trying to buy a property from the winning bidder?
What properties should you avoid?
What additional costs are involved in the purchase?
Chapter 9 After the Sale 81
How should you handle refinancing questions?
What types of mortgage agreements are best for your situation?
How do you determine if you should have a fixed-rate or an adjustable-rate mortgage?
Chapter 10 The Savings and Loan Debacle 89
What is the Resolution Trust Corporation, and what should you know about it?
Whom should you contact about purchasing real estate that was once owned by a savings and loan organization since gone bankrupt?
Chapter 11 Investment Real Estate 97
Why is buying an investment property different from buying a home you plan to live in?
How do you avoid problem tenants?
Chapter 12 Managing Investment Real Estate 105
Timely tips that will save you money and aggravation
Chapter 13 Calculating a Bid Price for Investment Property 113
Should you use real estate brokers to help you sell?
What types of repair work will add the most value?
Chapter 14 Those No-Cash Infomercials 117
Too good to be true?
Get the real lowdown and analysis
Appendix A The Most Commonly Asked Questions 123
Appendix B Checklists 131
Index 141
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Student; Just interested in started RE investments

    I thought this book is a great reference to anyone looking to invest in real estate. On contrary to one of the reviews, I don't believe he vents too much. In being inexperienced, you need reality-based knowledge to start with; he was only giving you all of the pros and cons of RE investing. It's not always going to be peaches and cream as some infomercials have you to believe. I'm thankful that I got a chance to read the book because I was soon going to be headed for a lot of headaches myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    For Personal Use Only

    I bought this book thinking that the author had a real estater in mind while writing. Boy was I wrong. This is a perfect book if you are personally looking to buy your next home. The author brought up many good points, but I has turned off by the remarks he made about renting property to tentants. In fact I think his qoute was, "never rent a property to someone, it's to big of a headache". I also loved his section on the T.V. Infomercials. I think that he is a little jealous that he didn't think of it. That chapter made no sense to me at all. I don't know why he even put that chapter in the book. Filler maybe? If you are looking to buy your next home, cheap. Buy this book. If you are going into real estate investment, find something else to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2002

    Ossified Conservatism

    I don't question the credentials or experience of the author. I do feel like he spent some time venting his frustrations with real estate investing. Being an investor myself I couldn't help but feel gloom after reading his book. I believe he has underestimated the entrepreneurial spirit and may be more of a discouragement to success than a motivator. One can argue that he has tried to present the 'problem' side of investing to give balance. I personally feel his ultra-conservative approach overstates the downside of real estate investment to the detriment of upside benefits. I did recognize some glimmers of hope in this book for the prudent investor actually having a degree of success, but felt that even these glimmers of hope were clouded with a gloomy overall picture. You may disagree - but that's my take on it. Read some other books to balance this one out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2001

    One of the best info books ever.

    A no-nonsense guide to real estate in general, with focus on foreclosures. Anyone serious about real estate investing should view this book as a classic must-read. If you had an uncle who new everything about real estate and was willing to sit down with you for four hours to tell you everything he knew, you would probably get the same advice which Dallow gives in this book. Dallow gives practical advice and instructions on how to procede, as well as funny anecdotes of his own experiences.

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