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Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market

Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market

Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market

Demystify the process of evaluating, acquiring, and managing rental property and becoming a landlord with Landlord Academy founder Bryan Chavis’s clear, step-by-step plan to make your dream of owning a multi-family property a reality.

With interest rates at historic lows, there’s never been a better time to buy rental property—and to hang on to it for long-term wealth building. Drawing on his ten years of experience managing and owning hundreds of rental properties, Bryan M. Chavis

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  1. 122 of 126 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Book of its Kind I have read so far., May 26, 2010
    By 
    Kevin Meade (CT USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

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    This review is from: Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market (Paperback)
    I have read six books so far on the subject of buying/renting. This book has clearly been the best so far. Most of the books I have read have been lots of hype and talk about you can make money on realestate. This book contains some of the same talk. Certainly there is an attempt to generate excitement in the beginning about how you can indeed make money buying/fixing/renting. And the book contains much of the same math talk about how to calculate basic values.

    The other books I have read are pretty much two things: 1) pep-talk (you can do it!!!) and 2) basic math (four family unit @400/unit=1600-900 in expenses = 500 profit per month. See how easy it is to make money!!!).

    This book talks about other stuff. Yes it does have the same math, but in addition has other interesting ways of looking at the value of properties. I found most interesting those times when the author talked about stuff other than money. One example is when he describes a student of his program who bought a mulit-unit complex and was about to loose his shirt because no one was renting. The student thought he had done everything right. In the end it turns out that the problem was not with the unit itself, but with the neighborhood. The student’s great deal was for a complex with all single bed efficiencies, in an area mostly composed of four member families. No wonder the guy could not rent. The author thus intoduces the idea that other factors besides the property and rents are in fact more important. After following this guy I appreciate that he has actual wisdom in the business and that learning from him I will be able to avoid many mistakes.

    Yep, this guy makes me feel like I can do it. I just bought my first two family. I have a positive cash flow, am gaining equity, building some business relationships, and doing a service for my community at the same time by taking two families out of their dumps and putting them in a decent home.

    One thing I believe the book is missing is basic talk about how to go through the purchasing process. For example, I spent way too much money buying this property. There are different types of loans that can be shopped for depending upon situations. I put down 25% on a 15 year mortgage. This was a requirement of the lender I went with (a local lender who was keeping the loan inhouse and who knew the property well). I likely could have found a different lender that would have taken 20% or 10% if I was ready to take the time for it. There are even 3.5% loans for the right situation so if you have some freedom in your lifestyle, you can take advantages of this. Additionally there is a thing called SELLER’S ASSIST, where in many loans the seller can provide up to 6% of the home value toward closing costs. I paid most of these myself. As you can see, if I had actual experience I could have likely invested substantially less up front in acquiring the property at the expense of a larger loan. For example I could have upped my purchase price by 6% and then asked the seller to provide 6% assist, thus effectively wrapping most of my closing costs into the loan. This means less money needed to close which is a big deal for many people. OH well… at least I am able to learn from what I do. It is not like I lost money, rather I tied up money in my property that I could have left fee for use somewhere else.

    Again this is the best book I have read so far. And though the author does mention his program a couple of times, this book is not an advertisement for the program. Still, I may attend one of his offerings just the same.

    Hail Flavius!

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  2. 134 of 142 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    An Incredibly Disappointing Book, April 4, 2014
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    Pros:
    -The author has a positive tone throughout, and seemingly knows what he’s talking about despite the vague and general manner of explanation.

    Cons:
    -98% fluff material. Let me summarize the only useful piece of information from the first 15% of the book: buy a multiunit property to benefit from economies of scale. And a summary for the remainder of the book: plan ahead. Look at cash flows. Try to improve cash flows. Believe in yourself! Know the logistics of your neighborhood. Completely asinine and obvious.
    -This book is a damned infomercial for his seminar. So help me if I see him mention his damned paid seminar advertised one more time. He must’ve mentioned his seminar at least 10 times in the first 10% of the book. I already gave you some money, how about you teach me something of substance you charlatan!
    -There was nothing substantial in this book, and I am infuriated I wasted any money on it. In the future I will be sure to read the sample version prior to purchasing. How does this book have such high reviews?! It’s absolute drivel. I’m pretty outraged and would love a refund, but have no idea how to go about getting one. Shame on me for not sampling this ‘book’ prior to buying.

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  3. 48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best All-Around Book on Real Estate Investing I’ve read yet., February 5, 2011
    By 
    Jennifer L. (CA) –

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    This review is from: Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market (Paperback)
    Knowledge-gathering on real-estate investing is quickly becoming a passion of mine. Buy it, Rent It and Profit is one of the best of the books I’ve read so far. I also enjoyed and recommend The Wall Street Journal. Complete Real-Estate Investing Guidebook. This book is more of a get-started how-to and equally pragmatic where the WSJ guide was more of a 50,000 ft. view of real estate investing but has lots of great outside references.

    The author, Bryan Chavis, explains why investing in apartments or du/tri/quad- plexes is a smarter investment than single family homes by explaining the concept of economies of scale concisely. I appreciate his tone in this book. It is written for beginners like myself without having a condescending or overly-simplified tone.

    Like lots of real estate books, Chavis advises looking for value-added properties to buy (read: distressed property) so you can immediately build equity in your purchase. He discusses the importance of an exit strategy and following a checklist before you invest so you know what parameters you are looking for and allows you to invest without getting emotionally attached to a deal.

    Chavis provides lots of useful, specific information on how to evaluate a neighborhood using his SEOTA(tm) analysis which is the “Strategic Evaluation of a Target Area.” The specific steps he takes are sensible and you get a feel for how much experience he has just from his in-depth analysis of how to evaluate a property. He details evaluating building permits, employment, household size, demographics, psychographics, mortgage rates, rental rates, and occupancy rates.

    I didn’t get the feeling he held anything back for a future book or to entice you to visit his site or join his association. It doesn’t read like a pitch for something else and that in itself helps this book lead the field. He lays out a clearly defined program to evaluating and managing multi-family housing and gives the reader many helpful resources for finding the information he suggests that you evaluate.

    This is an extremely practical guide on buy and hold real estate investing. It is not a get-rich quick book and that is precisely what I love about it. What makes it a “stand-out” in the market are the no-nonsense detailed explanations of each concept. He helps beginners understand his concepts easily without glossing over concepts or the reader getting the feeling he is “dumbing it down” for beginners. I loved the concise definitions of common real estate terms.

    Another reviewer brought up disappointment in the follow up of his “Da Vinci Code of Rental Investing” concept and I agree, this is the only concept he presented that I didn’t feel was properly supported. After re-reading this section of the book, I think he is just highlighting the three key evaluations of real estate and trying to put it in a memorable format but it leaves the reader slightly confused.

    Chavis gives sample leases, talks about FICO scores, loan approval, evictions, maintenance, building your real estate empire, business plans for lenders, and includes an appendix of forms you can copy and use.

    In short, of all I’ve read on the topic so far, if I had to choose only ONE real estate book to represent the best all around book for a beginner looking for useful, specific, applicable information, it would be Buy It, Rent It, Profit!

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