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Fix 'em Up, Rent 'em Out: How to Start Your Own House Fix-up & Rental Business in Your Spare Time; or, Investing in Real Estate and Creating Wealth with Fixer-Upper Houses
This book how to get started repairing houses and renting them out in your spare time. It covers various aspects such as house selection, what to repair, handling tentants, managing the books, and taxes. The book describes the two safest ways to make money in real estate, and one chapter is devoted the the "Zen of Repairing Propertied." The author uses examples from his own experinces, humor and motivational examples to encourage the reader down a path that will be both financially rewarding and deeply satisfying.
WHAT A UNIQUE AND USEFUL BOOK. THIS IS ONE TO ADD TO YOUR LIBRARY!
By D. Blankenship
- November 15, 2007
What a unique and useful book this one is! First, I will state that I have dabbled in this sort of thing, i.e. fixing up old houses for resale, for a number of years now. To be honest, had I had access to this particular book twenty years ago, I would have been able to avoid a lot of mistakes and a lot of grief. Some of what this book addresses I have learned over the years through trial and error and simple luck. Mr. Sprouse has been able to articulate what I have known, but was unable to say for myself. I must say that the author was able to point out much that I have missed or was unaware of. Reading this work was a very pleasant learning experience for me. This is a very useful book for anyone wishing to purchase old homes, fix them up, and either rent or sell them. This is a wonderful resource!
The book is actually rather funny, or I should say amusing. The author has a quick wit and it shows through his writing. The book, even though dealing primarily with... read more
Real Estate A to Z
By Alejandra Vernon "artist & illustrator"
- November 16, 2007
Are you thinking of buying, selling, or renting property out? Then get this book! Compact, easy to read, and packed with step by step instructions for several phases of making real estate work for you, Terry Sprouse has written all the basics in a way that anyone can understand, and will be especially welcome in steering people through this time of fluctuating and uncertain markets, so that you'll make the most of every dollar you invest or gain as a buyer, seller, or landlord, and the principles will even make sense for you in other forms of business, as I found that some of what is in "Fix Em Up Rent Em Out" could even be applied to my career as a free-lance artist.
I've always been tempted with the idea of buying a "fixer upper," whether to live in myself or rent out (I've done it several times for other people in exchange for cheap rent, never for myself), and Sprouse gives the complete details on what I could expect to find in this adventure. You'll learn a lot from... read more
By Beth DeRoos "Beth DeRoos MotherLodeBeth"
- January 15, 2008
The housing market being what it is, with two of the highest subprime home loan, foreclosure markets being in the Stockton and Sacramento areas, this book may be of value to those wise enough to have some savings to invest in houses being foreclosed on, like one I saw for $79,000 that sold orginally for $205,000. And yes we are a family with rental properties and properties bought and fixed up and then sold.
The parts of the book I found of value are those dealing with learning to do jobs like sheetrock, tile, windows, doors, floors, etc yourself. Depending on where you live and if you want bank financing, you may be required to have all the electrical and plumbing done by a licensed person. Some counties here in California allow you to do these things as long as you have a qualified elctruician or plumber check your work as you go to make sure its safe and sane.
Am glad the author notes that the law (1997 Taxpayer Relief Act) now allows you to pay no Income... read more
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