How to Creatively Finance Your Real Estate Investments and Build Your Personal Fortune: What Smart Investors Need to Know: What Smart Investors Need to Know Explained Simply


For years the traditional way to finance a real estate purchase was with a 5-20 percent down payment. Investing in real estate in this manner was a slow go, but things have changed with the release of this new book.

There are now hundreds of different methods for creatively financing your real estate investments. Smart investors know the secrets to using other peoples money to finance their investments and now for the first time you can learn how to buy houses, lots, land, and ...

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For years the traditional way to finance a real estate purchase was with a 5-20 percent down payment. Investing in real estate in this manner was a slow go, but things have changed with the release of this new book.

There are now hundreds of different methods for creatively financing your real estate investments. Smart investors know the secrets to using other peoples money to finance their investments and now for the first time you can learn how to buy houses, lots, land, and commercial properties for nothing down and in some cases even receive cash back at the closing. These truly effective techniques are closely guarded secrets that are revealed for the first time.

In this new book you will learn: how to negotiate with sellers, proven effective valuation techniques, how to use other people's money, use other people's credit, sell it before you buy it or pay for it, create positive cash flow, subject-to deals, over twenty nothing down scenarios, profiting from foreclosures, dealing with over-financed properties, working with judgments and liens, quit claim deeds, discounting mortgages and liens, lease options, wraparound financing and wrap notes, using trusts, self-directed IRAs, 1031 exchanges, create assumable loans, VA loans, options, and futures. The book also includes numerous tables, reference charts, and financial tools that one can use in analyzing and financing your investments while building your personal fortune.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910627047
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/12/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,491,198
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     11
Preface     15
The Way Things Were Many Moons Ago     23
The Old Way of Doing Business     27
The Down Payment of Years Gone By     29
Dealing with Banks and Mortgage Companies     30
Interest Rates     30
Taking the Creative Road to a Better Approach     32
Finding the Perfect Property Using the Perfect Agent     35
Why Using a Real Estate Agent Works for Investors     36
Finding the Agent You Need for Your Goals     40
What to Expect from Your Real Estate Agent     43
How to Find the Best Property for Your Goals     45
What You Need to Know to Make Smart Investments     46
Do Not Touch That Bank Account     49
The Other Guy's Dough     51
Preparing Yourself for Smart Investing     53
Banks and Loan Officers     56
Finding the Best Property at the Best Price Without Using Your Cash     57
The Paper Trail You Need to Prepare     59
Living on Borrowed Dimes     61
Loans and Fees     62
Hard Truths     63
The Change Up and Breaking a Million     66
Negotiating with Sellers to Get the Financing You Need     71
Seller on the Fly and Investor on the Run     72
Selling Your Ideas to the Seller     73
Writing Winning Offers     75
Let's Talk Money     77
Looking at Your Options     78
Using the Investor's Money and Credit     81
Trump the Contrarian     81
Buck the System     85
Will That Be Cash or Credit?     86
Approaching Creditworthy Investors     89
Finding the Best Investors     90
Things to Know About Using Investors     91
The Investor-Investor Contract     91
Options Are Gold     93
Understanding Options     93
The Best Way to Use Options     95
Approaching the Right Seller with an Option     95
Things to Know about Options     96
The Best Option Contract     98
So You Want to Be a Landlord     101
Finding the Best Rental Properties     102
What You Should Know Before You Become a Landlord     103
Turning a Tenant into a Buyer     104
Things to Know About the Renting Business     106
Contracts You Need Before You Become a Landlord     107
Finding Deals in Vacation Rentals, Foreclosures, and Subject-to Deals     109
Smart Buying with Foreclosures     111
Finding the Foreclosure     114
Working with Foreclosures     114
How to Make Foreclosures Work for You     115
Things to Watch for in Foreclosures     115
Just a Word about Subject-to Deals     116
Smart Buying When No One Is Buying     117
Smart Buying Vacation Rentals     119
The Financing You Need     123
FHA and VA Loans     123
Assumable Mortgages     126
Wraparound Financing     127
Finding the Best Way to Finance the Property You Want to Buy     128
Where to Find the Money     155
Calling Off a Deal Going Bad     155
The Undesirable Properties     157
Dealing with Over-Financed Properties     158
Too Many Liens Can Be Advantageous to the Buyer     158
Working with Undesirables     159
Damaged-by-Reputation     161
How to Find the Money You Need     165
Where to Find the Money     165
Getting Money Out of Your 401(k)     170
Using Your Self-Directed IRA     170
A Note About Short-Term Loans     171
Bringing It All Together     188
How to Promote Sales     195
Selling When Everyone Is Selling     197
What Really Affects the Time to Sell     199
Where the Market is Today     200
Ask Questions     201
How to Finance Your Real Estate (to Buyers Who Want to Buy)     201
Finding the Best Approach     202
The Best Buyer a Seller Can Have     203
On the Contrary, I Am Speculating Successfully     205
The Contrarian Collects Real Estate, Not Dust     207
Speculating Successfully Using Purchase-Money Mortgages     209
Assumable Mortgages     210
Second Mortgages and Investing     211
Using Options to Speculate in Real Estate     212
Private Investors and the Contrarian     214
The Property Collector's Portfolio     215
Other Thoughts on Your Real Property Collection     217
Overpriced and Climbing     220
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda     223
Conclusion     225
Glossary of Terms     227
Appendix     239
Before Closing As the Buyer     240
Home Inspection Checklist for Rental Properties and Handy-Man Specials     242
Sample Amortization Tables     244
Scenario 1     244
Scenario 2     247
Scenario 3     249
Scenario 4     262
Scenario 5     266
References     271
Author Dedication and Biography     273
Index     275
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    This book offers more hype and fanaticism than practical steps t

    This book offers more hype and fanaticism than practical steps to gain financing for investments. To begin it is structured as a interview and not written in a format where the information presented can be of practical use. Im sure some may benefit from
    this learning style but as a serious and seasoned investor looking for increasingly creative ways to close deals this book  offers little in real practical
    . What detracts from the content is the author restates her premise over and over claiming all one need to do is look at her website and complete a application. If i had no experience i wouldnt guess these guys are loan brokers writing as if they are assisting others with information on how to do more deals when in fact they are promoting a hidden agenda. I amnot saying that the book is all bad because it does offer some key information on
    Financing, but the book is not worth a application. While she does not go as far as making promises to receiving any money, her system does require one to go thru a credit process although he claims that is not the case. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    I'm not new to real estate investing and I learned a lot.

    At first glance my thoughts were that Susan Smith Alvis had written a book that is great for beginners but for the seasoned real estate investor this booked did not seem to provide any information that is new and enlightening. How wrong I was! I consider myself to be a fairly seasoned real Estate investor and I still learned something new from this book. ¿How to Creatively Finance your Real Estate Investments and Build Your Fortune¿ takes an in depth look into what it takes to start investing in real estate and how to finance your venture. Real estate investing can be a lucrative business but if not taken seriously and understanding exactly what you are getting into can get you into real trouble real fast. Ms. Alvis does a great job of not only pointing this out, but also gives clear examples of how to find good properties and determine whether or not they will be profitable. Ms. Alvis also makes good use of the industry lingo and explains in great detail what it means and when and where it will be used. Much of the information in the beginning chapters seemed more relevant to young couples who were just starting out and wanting to buy their first home. But if you hang in there Ms. Alvis does get around to what I believe investors are hoping this book will deliver. The latter chapters are informative and do get around to giving practical on just what creative financing is and how to go about making it work for you. She explains in clear terms what options are available to investors at all levels and walks you through the pros and cons of each scenario. I enjoyed reading the break out boxes that gave real life examples of people who have lived through each example that Ms. Alvis presents as options for us as readers. Like many investors experiences, Ms. Avis starts out nice and slow but then picks up speed and moves forward with information that is useful to investors at any stage of the game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

    Susan Smith Alvis is My New Best Friend!

    How to Creatively Finance Your Real Estate Investments and Build Your Personal Fortune: What Smart Investors Need to Know ¿Explained Simply is a book that does exactly what it purports to do. The author refers to the book as ¿your reference as you embark on a new way to invest in real estate¿. Filled with examples, case studies, ideas, charts, and food for thought, you will find page after page of simple and realistic goals and how to work to achieve them. Written in layman's terms, this book helps you know exactly where to start to be able to receive the highest possible return on your investments. For instance, you will be taught to be a smart landlord, how to find and work with foreclosures, and where to get your financing. She explains the secrets to good negotiating, how to make loans work for you, and when and how to speculate successfully. For those of you with any desire to better your financial standing via real estate investments, Ms. Smith Alvis is your tutor, your advisor, and your new best friend in your quest to financial success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    An excellent read for entrepreneurs.

    Would you like to increase your real estate profits by using some new investment tools? If that's the case, then this is the book you need to read to learn the ins and outs of creative financing. Sharpen your approach, understand what tools are tailor-made for you and move forward with a new perspective! When you're ready to expand your financial horizons this book shows how to maximize your profits as either a buyer or seller of investment properties. Knowing how to negotiate using creative financing is the essence of using this book to its full potential and author Susan Smith Alvis takes you through the process with amazing clarity and a user-friendly approach. The reader will understand everyone's role in putting together a tight package. Choose the right agent, line up your financing 'VA, FHA, assumable, wraparound or seller financing' and set the terms to buy a property that works for you. Taking a creative approach to financing opens up a world of profitable advantages in the realm of vacation rentals, foreclosures and ¿damaged by reputation¿ real estate. Use this book to find the money and learn how to build a portfolio of no-down properties that give you the leverage you need to be a successful owner and savvy seller¿on your terms. When you're ready to start thinking outside the box, give yourself a treat and read this book for a look at what's going on around the traditional business of real estate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    This is doable

    I didn¿t realize soon enough the rate and amount of savings Id have to invest to have a decent retirement fund. I don¿t have the kind of income it takes to make big investment. I was searching for new information on other options when I was introduced to this book. I liked the way much of the advice came from first hand experience and told in a clear, concise way I could understand. I was concerned that my lack of experience in real estate would hinder the results I could draw from this book. Not so! Even with no previous experience in real estate or investing I could follow the ideas and apply the concepts. It also introduced a whole new concept in real estate investments centering on the Internet and network marketing. I feel a lot more informed about the future of real estate investing and whether or not I could carve a place in it for me. It is definitely worth the money. Not only did I walk away with a step in the right direction to a new type of financial freedom but I also got a whole arsenal of tools to help me get there. You can¿t beat that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    A reviewer

    The down-to-earth, conversational tone of How to Creatively Finance is positively refreshing. The book¿s attractive layout and neat organization make it a pleasure to read. I found the anecdotes and case studies to be both informative and thoroughly enjoyable. Tables and charts make the financial examples clear. How to Creatively Finance offers a variety of scenarios for real estate investors, including advice on buying in unpopular markets, vacation rentals and foreclosures, and acting as landlord. After reading the book, I actually found the title of the book to be a bit narrow. The topics of advice on the various aspects of real estate investments are much more varied than the title might indicate. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in discovering how to invest in the real estate market without emptying the bank account.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    The old ways of investing in real estate are gone, and the times have been changing for the better, the author points out. She shows you all the methods to become financially secure, even if you are flat broke. Whether you are interested in rental properties, making huge profits in selling, or just holding onto a good investment, Alvis demonstrates how to step out of the box to propose creative deals when buying and selling real estate. Along with the traditional ways of financing, the book reveals how you can use your 401(k), options, the seller¿s money or second, assumable, overlapping and wraparound mortgages. You can even use someone else¿s money and credit, instead of drawing from your own bank account. Alvis, who has been a licensed real estate agent, explains how to diversify in real estate from handy-man specials to apartment buildings with long-term tenants, how to branch out using several banks and lenders, and how to find moneymaking foreclosures. The book holds your hand from the beginning to help you find the right real estate agent, financier and property on your way to becoming a successful property investor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    If you wish you had gotten into the real estate boom, ¿How to Creatively Finance Your Real Estate Investments and Build Your Personal Fortune¿ by Susan Smith Alvis will help you get ready for the next one. Alvis teaches you how to use professionals ¿ real estate agents and bankers -- to find and finance investment properties. How to document the investment, handle volatile markets, approach potential investors, be a landlord and then sell for a profit. The book includes checklists and amortization charts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    How to Creatively Finance Your Real Estate Investments and Build Your Personal Fortune offers the reader the knowledge to build financial wealth. Even if you don¿t think you can ever become wealthy, Susan Smith Alvis shows you the steps to acquiring wealth by using the real estate market. She is thorough in covering the pros and cons of a variety of options for investments. Even with relatively little risk and cash at hand, you can become a real estate owner and investor. This book provides practical knowledge on how to use creative financing, options, buying and selling, closing costs and a host of other topics to obtain a profit. Even if you know little about the housing market, this book will teach you how to get people such as agents and investors in your corner. The scenarios throughout the book make it easier to visualize a real-life application of the suggestions and show how it really is possible to put theory into practice. Overall, if you are looking to increase your wealth by playing smart in the real estate game, then this book is for you. You can be on your way to realizing your dreams with just a small investment- a book.

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    Posted October 15, 2010

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