I’m currently ghost writing a book about blue-chip real estate investing. It’s a different approach from several others I’ve written for other clients, as it focuses on higher quality homes. The return is better over time and appreciation potential is increased as well.
Finally, I’m not a ghost! While I’ve ghost written several books, I’m pleased to announce a book of my own for Turner Publishing Company that presents tips for first time home buyers. The title is “70 Things First-time Home Buyers Need to Know.” It’s detailed, taking the first time buyer from the decision to rent or buy, through the search for properties, then through the steps and documents in the transaction.
Dean Graziosi, a real estate investment guru, has been working with investors for many years. He has multiple books and websites with detailed information about buying and selling real estate as an investment. I have written some background articles for his organization. I don’t know where they ended up, but here are some excerpts:
It’s Not About Motivation – It’s Mindset and Knowledge
Most of us know someone who just seems to be successful, no matter what they try to do.They can start a business and make it grow into something bigger than themselves, realizing wealth along the way.These same people can hit a snag, or a large setback can befall them.Perhaps their business even fails completely.Then, a little while later, they have bounced back.Another successful enterprise is up and running, and they’re financially well-off again.
One might assume that they’re just lucky, or perhaps they have been to numerous motivational seminars on being successful in business.The problem with motivation for motivation’s sake is that it works for a tiny minority of seminar attendees, and the rest try and fail yet again.Why is that?Dean Graziosi, the author of Totally Fulfilled doesn’t want to pump you up with pure motivation.These successful people, even after previous failures in business, are that way because their mindset simply will not accept any other outcome.And it isn’t about being motivated as much as it is about confidence and knowledge.
Real Estate Investment – Don’t Discount the Simple Solutions
When real estate was appreciating at a rapid rate everywhere, investment gurus popped up almost daily.And, this being America, there seems to be a need to come up with a newer and better mousetrap to prove value.The problem comes when the fundamentals of investment are ignored or replaced by so-called sophisticated strategies that multiply risk to achieve dubious rewards.
The funny thing is, now that appreciation has stopped or dramatically slowed in many markets, the gurus still keep popping up.And, the better and newer methods some are pushing are just new packaging on old ideas that didn’t work in the first place.Sometimes getting back to the simple is the solution.
An investment story that illustrates complexity and risk is a very true experience of a stock market options trader.He studied options trading and read books until he knew more than most stock brokers.There wasn’t a sophisticated strategy that he hadn’t used multiple times….though results weren’t always as planned.One day, one of his market tracking software packages produced an alert on a well known bank stock.There was a heavy spike in the purchase of options, possibly indicating something in the wind for this stock.
Agent Direct News, a print publication with more than 100,000 Realtor subscribers, also has a subscription only online version of their articles. I am a regular monthly contributor to this newspaper. Articles are around 800 words and are intended to help Realtors to embrace new technology and use it to help them be more successful.