Theresa Bradley-Banta's Invest In Apartment Buildings features tales from the real estate fast lane that only Bradley-Banta shares. It fills you in on the so-called "guru snafus"—the pitfalls that occur because investors follow the advice of the "gurus" of the moment—and lets you in on every aspect of the deal from start to finish.
Most of us have seen infomercials about achieving financial independence by investing in real estate. During my years in property management, I have seen many people build wealth by investing in real estate. I have also seen time forgive some very poor real-estate investments, because fortunately, most bad real estate decisions are forgiven as property values appreciate. So, from my perspective, the key attribute to successful real estate investing is longevity-surviving the period between purchase and sale, while the property works to pay its way.
During the appreciation years, many real estate investors realize how poorly prepared they are to manage property. They experience the enormous stress from evictions because they have not developed appropriate credit-screening techniques that identify potential deadbeats. They are sued for discrimination because they do not understand fair housing regulations. They fall victim to downward economic spirals because they do not understand the relationship between curb appeal, occupancy rates, and rent. Worst of all, they often don't realize that their properties are under-performing by thousands of dollars each month.
Westlake Realty Group, has successfully managed real estate for over 30 years. They've dealt with a number of issues discussed above and can help you avoid them. You'll find this book a helpful and informative introduction to the fundamentals-and complexities-of property management.
Real estate is a fickle business and with costs rising so exponentially in developed markets such as big cities and waterfronts, the vast majority of investors spend their time looking for emerging markets. These emerging markets, those that crop up in newly renovated, populated regions are potential cash cows, offering the chance for nearly anyone with the right tools and knowhow to start making massive profits on minimal investments. Long term planning and knowledge of how emerging markets work is necessary though and without the proper preparation a lot of money can be lost.
With this book, anyone interested in starting their investment strategy in emerging real estate markets can start the process immediately without wasting any time or effort on false promises. You will start by learning why emerging markets are considered so lucrative and what kind of fundamental value they hold. You will learn how individuals can go about identifying these markets using the market phase method. You will learn how to start recognizing the good and bad spots in emerging markets and to get the first deal in any emerging market. You will learn the difference between single and multi family investments and how to start paying for property managers. The basics of finding those diamonds in the rough, the value plays and burned out landlords is outlined alone with dozens of interviews with top experts in real estate acquisition that will guide you through real life experience and insights.
You will learn which mistakes have been made time and again and what you need to start trying to avoid now if possible – you will learn how not to be too late or sell too late on your deals and how to avoid anything that might have government involvement with pollution or bankruptcy issues. Learn how to acquire and use financing, double check the markets, and inspect the properties effectively before making any deals. Every detail you could need to learn about and start capitalizing on emerging markets is included here in this guide for you.
Whether you're a first-time real estate investor or a seasoned professional, The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings helps you map out your future, find apartment buildings at a fair price, finance purchases, and manage your properties. Now revised and expanded, this Second Edition includes tax planning advice, case studies of real acquisitions, and appendixes that add detail to the big picture. Plus, it includes a handy glossary of all the terms investors need to know, helpful sample forms that make paperwork quick and easy, and updated real estate forecasts. With this comprehensive guide at hand you'll find profits easy to come by.