PART ONE: A RECENT HISTORY OF THE REAL ESTATE ROLLER COASTER.
CHAPTER 1 The Big Bang: The Post-2000 Real Estate Explosion.
Between 2000 and 2006, mortgage interest rates in the United States fell in half. That started a feeding frenzy, which sent housing prices to dizzying heights.
CHAPTER 2 The Great Flood: The Oversupply of Housing.
Combined with the growing thirst for inventory, spiraling prices encouraged developers to build more projects. And guess what? Blind to the downturn, they built way too much.
CHAPTER 3 Down Time: The New Buyerâ??s Market.
Because of the credit crunch and the oversupply, we are now on the down slope of the housing bubble, with prices dropping across the country. That means opportunities are everywhere.
PART TWO: FUNDAMENTAL TOOLS FOR REAL ESTATE INVESTING.
CHAPTER 4 Information Please: Where to Find The Data.
The good news about real estate investing is that anyone can do it. Having said that, you need to do your homework to make a superior investment.
CHAPTER 5 Adding It Up: A Crash Course in Valuation.
Figuring out the value of a piece of propertyâ??what itâ??s really worthâ??is both an analytic and creative process. It is also fundamental to making a good investment.
CHAPTER 6 The Big Guns: Finding Help from the Government.
If you want to buy property, or protect property that is now threatened by skyrocketing mortgage payments, donâ??t discount the power of government programs.
CHAPTER 7 Money Talks: Negotiating with the Lender.
The average person who goes to a bank for a mortgage figures itâ??s not negotiable. Wrong. Here are a few helpful insights to help you negotiate with the man behind the curtain.
PART THREE: CREATING WEALTH IN THE NEW LANDSCAPE.
CHAPTER 8 Boom to Bust: Making Money in Down Times.
To understand the current situation you have to look back at historic real estate cycles, in particular to the real estate crisis of the early 1990s.
CHAPTER 9 Fundamental Values: Buying in the Right Regions, Cities, and Neighborhoods.
A big aspect of the current real estate crisis is that itâ??s indiscriminant. Itâ??s hurting every market in the country, even places with solid fundamentals. And thatâ??s where to buy.
CHAPTER 10 Specific Observations: Making the Deals.
Once you understand current valuesâ??where to buy and when to buyâ??you still have to make that perfect deal. So size up your seller.
CHAPTER 11 Techniques, Tactics, and Tricks: Useful Tools to Make Money.
Understanding real estate principles is vital, but it also helps to know a few things about auctions, foreclosures, bank-owned properties, and contracts for preconstruction sales. In other words, how can you best leverage cash and credit, or just one of the two?
CHAPTER 12 Outside the Residential Box: Investing in Commercial Real Estate.
The opportunities in real estate go beyond the residential marketplace; should you consider investing in commercial properties?
PART FOUR: SAVING YOUR BACON.
(How to Avoid Getting Swept Under by the Subprime Tide)
CHAPTER 13 Be Like the Rich: Change Your Way of Thinking.
In America we have been conditioned to follow the rules. But what happens when the rules change and the system does not protect you?
CHAPTER 14 Showtime: Dealing with Your Lender.
The first lesson in learning how to think (and act) differently is how to renegotiate. Even if you have a bad mortgage on a property you own, you have more leverage than you think, even in foreclosure.
CHAPTER 15 Know When to Fold: The Time to Walk Away, and How to Do It.
Sometimes it no longer makes sense to fight for a property. Then you need to know how to get out with the least possible damage.