The Complete Idiot's Guide to Real Estate Investing

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If you are interested in home renovation, setting up a small business, or delving into commercial real estate development, this book will give you straight answers to the questions you need to ask. It explains the basics of real estate, how development deals work, how to research property, how to buy land, and how to check out the background of a potential partner. It is a comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of real estate investment.

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Overview

If you are interested in home renovation, setting up a small business, or delving into commercial real estate development, this book will give you straight answers to the questions you need to ask. It explains the basics of real estate, how development deals work, how to research property, how to buy land, and how to check out the background of a potential partner. It is a comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of real estate investment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028639765
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 10/27/2000
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

I. WHY REAL ESTATE?

1. What's So Great About Real Estate?

Housing—The American Dream. Surrounded by Real Estate. Commercial Real Estate. What Happened to the Stock Market?

2. Find Your Niche.

The Many Choices. The One-Time Cash Turnover Deal. Long-Term Investment. Credit Versus Diversity. Investments to Absolutely Avoid.

3. The Approach.

Know Your Market. Where Do You Fit into the Puzzle? Define Your Goals. Make a Plan.

4. When to Move.

Prepare Yourself. Do the Homework. Select the Team. The Product. Make Your Selection. Do It Again If Necessary.

II. TYPES OF REAL ESTATE: THE PROS AND CONS.

5. What Are Your Choices?

Speculation. The Cash Flow Project. The Short-Term Investment. The Long-Term Investment.

6. All the Different Investment Types.

Land. Industrial. Office. Retail. Very Large Projects.

7. Get the Facts Straight.

Decide Where to Buy. Research. How to Read Between the Lines. What Do the Facts Mean? The Decision.

8. Who Are the Players?

Your Role. The Brokers. The Architect/Engineer. The Attorney. The Contractor. The Property Manager.

III. HOW TO BUY.

9. What Are You Buying?

Cash Flow. Building. Leases. Future. Financing. Cap Rates.

10. Is It a Good Deal?

Look at the Tenants. Look at the Lease Documents. Management Tools. Evaluate the Building. Capital Requirements and Intuition.

11. The Contract.

Who Should Draft It? The Contingencies. How to Get What You Need.

12. The Closing.

The Documents. Seller's Chores. Your Chores. The Money.

IV. OWNERSHIP AND FINANCING.

13. Solo or Partners?

Pros and Cons. What You Need. Where to Find It. What It's Worth. Selling the Deal.

14. Who Does What?

The Entrepreneur. The Bean Counter. Consultants. Hiring Employees. Tenants.

15. Conventional Financing.

Development Deals. Short-Term Loans. Long-Term Loans. Other Financing. Loan Renewals. Selling Considerations.

16. Equity Financing.

Partnership Parameters. Private Placement Equity Financing. Equity Syndication. Common Stock Versus REIT Shares. REITs.

V. DOCUMENTATION.

17. Types of Ownership. Corporations.

Partnerships. The LLC.

18. The Loan Documents.

From Whom and for What? The Application. The Commitment. The Note.

19. The Leases.

Gross Leases. Net Leases. Lease Structure. The Main Body. The General Provisions.

20. Consultant Agreements.

Brokers. The Basic Agreement. Architects and Engineers. Consultants. Contractors.

21. Management Documents.

The Property Management Contract. Utility and Service Contracts. The Leasing Agreement. Insurance.

22. The Numbers.

What Do You Need? Why Do You Need It? How to Create It. Management Tools vs. Sales Tools.

VI. MANAGING YOUR INVESTMENT.

23. Where Do You Start?

Who Should Manage This Thing? Management Tools. Accounting. Above and Below the Line. Maximize the Saleability.

24. The Game Plan.

At Acquisition. Continuous Reappraisal. Flexibility. Disaster or Opportunity? Fine-Tuning.

25. The Tenants.

Tenants and Investment Types. Office. The Number. Fine-Tuning the Tenancy and Synergy.

26. Reserves.

Do You Really Need Reserves? How Much Is Enough? Who Owns Them? When You Sell.

27. Maintenance and Accounting.

The Building's Condition—When You Buy It. Routine Maintenance. Accounting. Establish Real Value for Resale.

VII. HOW TO SELL AND REINVEST, OR NOT!

28. What Do You Have to Sell?

How to Establish the Value. How to Present It. How to Support the Numbers. How Good Is the Building. Buyer's Objectives.

29. How to Present It.

Representation. Eyewash. Numbers Portion. Comparisons. The Competition.

30. How to Establish a Price.

Selling vs. Buying. Analyze the Market. Cap Rates. Financing. What to Do When You Sell. The Sales Document.

31. Pay the Tax or Reinvest.

The Tax and You. The Consultants. The Big Decision.

Appendixes.

Appendix A. Glossary.

Appendix B. Sample Documents.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2001

    Not an Idiots book

    This book albeit very informative, is geared towards Commercial realestate investing, if your looking for info on residential real estate info, youd be better looking somewhere else. I would have liked to have seen more info reguarding apartment building investing

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