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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Real Estate Investing (Complete Idiot's Guides)by Stuart Leland Rider
Synopses & Reviews
As mortgage rates drop and the stock market stumbles, real estate remains one of the best deals investors can find. Get the real deal on real estate-including case studies and examples-with this updated and revised guide.
Includes investment information on various types of real estate including land, office, retail, industrial, and residential
Provides examples of legal papers such as consultant agreements, leases, management documents, and contracts
Features detailed examinations of financing opportunities available
In an uneasy economy, the real estate market is booming
Where to buy, when to buy, and how to buy.
Updated and revised, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Commercial Real Estate Investing, Third Edition, is a must-have reference book for aspiring commercial real estate investors/developers. What little coverage of residential income properties that existed in previous editions has been cut, and the remaining content has been updated to clearly reflect the focus on buying and selling commercial properties.
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.
About the Author
'Stuart Leland Rider is a commercial real estate developer and general contractor. He has successfully developed 785,000 square feet of commercial office space and 525,000 square feet of retail shopping space. He is the author of From Dirt to Dollars: An Entrepreneur\'s Guide to Commercial Real Estate Development. He also teaches seminars on real estate investment and development.'
Table of Contents
I.andnbsp;WHY REAL ESTATE?
1.andnbsp;What's So Great About Real Estate?
Housingandmdash;The American Dream. Surrounded by Real Estate. Commercial Real Estate. What Happened to the Stock Market?
2.andnbsp;Find Your Niche.
The Many Choices. The One-Time Cash Turnover Deal. Long-Term Investment. Credit Versus Diversity. Investments to Absolutely Avoid.
Know Your Market. Where Do You Fit into the Puzzle? Define Your Goals. Make a Plan.
4.andnbsp;When to Move.
Prepare Yourself. Do the Homework. Select the Team. The Product. Make Your Selection. Do It Again If Necessary.
II.andnbsp;TYPES OF REAL ESTATE: THE PROS AND CONS.
5.andnbsp;What Are Your Choices?
Speculation. The Cash Flow Project. The Short-Term Investment. The Long-Term Investment.
6.andnbsp;All the Different Investment Types.
Land. Industrial. Office. Retail. Very Large Projects.
7.andnbsp;Get the Facts Straight.
Decide Where to Buy. Research. How to Read Between the Lines. What Do the Facts Mean? The Decision.
8.andnbsp;Who Are the Players?
Your Role. The Brokers. The Architect/Engineer. The Attorney. The Contractor. The Property Manager.
III.andnbsp;HOW TO BUY.
9.andnbsp;What Are You Buying?
Cash Flow. Building. Leases. Future. Financing. Cap Rates.
10.andnbsp;Is It a Good Deal?
Look at the Tenants. Look at the Lease Documents. Management Tools. Evaluate the Building. Capital Requirements and Intuition.
Who Should Draft It? The Contingencies. How to Get What You Need.
The Documents. Seller's Chores. Your Chores. The Money.
IV.andnbsp;OWNERSHIP AND FINANCING.
13.andnbsp;Solo or Partners?
Pros and Cons. What You Need. Where to Find It. What It's Worth. Selling the Deal.
14.andnbsp;Who Does What?
The Entrepreneur. The Bean Counter. Consultants. Hiring Employees. Tenants.
Development Deals. Short-Term Loans. Long-Term Loans. Other Financing. Loan Renewals. Selling Considerations.
Partnership Parameters. Private Placement Equity Financing. Equity Syndication. Common Stock Versus REIT Shares. REITs.
17.andnbsp;Types of Ownership. Corporations.
Partnerships. The LLC.
18.andnbsp;The Loan Documents.
From Whom and for What? The Application. The Commitment. The Note.
Gross Leases. Net Leases. Lease Structure. The Main Body. The General Provisions.
Brokers. The Basic Agreement. Architects and Engineers. Consultants. Contractors.
The Property Management Contract. Utility and Service Contracts. The Leasing Agreement. Insurance.
What Do You Need? Why Do You Need It? How to Create It. Management Tools vs. Sales Tools.
VI.andnbsp;MANAGING YOUR INVESTMENT.
23.andnbsp;Where Do You Start?
Who Should Manage This Thing? Management Tools. Accounting. Above and Below the Line. Maximize the Saleability.
24.andnbsp;The Game Plan.
At Acquisition. Continuous Reappraisal. Flexibility. Disaster or Opportunity? Fine-Tuning.
Tenants and Investment Types. Office. The Number. Fine-Tuning the Tenancy and Synergy.
Do You Really Need Reserves? How Much Is Enough? Who Owns Them? When You Sell.
27.andnbsp;Maintenance and Accounting.
The Building's Conditionandmdash;When You Buy It. Routine Maintenance. Accounting. Establish Real Value for Resale.
VII.andnbsp;HOW TO SELL AND REINVEST, OR NOT!
28.andnbsp;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.andnbsp;How to Present It.
Representation. Eyewash. Numbers Portion. Comparisons. The Competition.
30.andnbsp;How to Establish a Price.
Selling vs. Buying. Analyze the Market. Cap Rates. Financing. What to Do When You Sell. The Sales Document.
31.andnbsp;Pay the Tax or Reinvest.
The Tax and You. The Consultants. The Big Decision.
Appendix A. Glossary.
Appendix B. Sample Documents.
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