Accessible and practical examples of the many ways to break into real estate investing.



An expert provides profiles of investors and their successful real estate gambles.

In his book’s introduction, Corsini explains that he always had an entrepreneurial spirit—reselling Jolly Ranchers as a kid and looking for ways to make more money than the standard after-school jobs offered throughout college—and it soon led him to real estate. Now, with an impressive resume that includes more than 800 homes flipped, several companies founded, and a starring role on HGTV’s Flip or Flop Atlanta, the self-made expert continues to believe in “the unparalleled power of a real estate investor’s ability to inspire other investors.” In that vein, the author focuses his instructive work on stories collected from seasoned investors across the country. Each chapter profiles a different investor and breaks down the specific deal representing a turning point in the individual’s real estate endeavors. The list of 25 investors presents an intriguing diversity of projects: They range from a run-down mobile-home park in Dallas and storage units in Georgia to multimillion-dollar apartment buildings and simple duplexes across the United States. Corsini deftly builds each profile to deliver the maximum useful information for readers wanting to know more about investing. He describes the person in his humorous and good-natured tone before delving into a specific deal, detailing how the investor assessed it and funded it and its eventual returns. Punchy quotes from each investor and “Insider info” blurbs help to explain jargon so readers feel as if they have a good grasp of each project in just a few pages. Corsini has also taken care to puncture notions of the typical real estate mogul. His interviewees represent a balanced mix of men and women from different socio-economic backgrounds, with a few even coming from countries like Nigeria and Brazil. Their most common link is a desire for passive income, and their tales will make readers feel like real estate investments are within their reach.

Accessible and practical examples of the many ways to break into real estate investing.

Pub Date: Nov. 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-947200-31-9

Page Count: 256

Publisher: BiggerPockets

Review Posted Online: Sept. 18, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2020

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More uncommonly sensible investment guidance from a master of the game. Drawing on his experience at Fidelity's Magellan Fund, a high- profile vehicle he quit at age 46 in 1990 after a spectacularly successful 13-year tenure as managing director, Lynch (One Up on Wall Street, 1988) makes a strong case for common stocks over bonds, CDs, or other forms of debt. In breezy, anecdotal fashion, the author also encourages individuals to go it alone in the market rather than to bank on money managers whose performance seldom justifies their generous compensation. With the caveat that there's as much art as science to picking issues with upside potential, Lynch commends legwork and observation. ``Spending more time at the mall,'' he argues, invariably is a better way to unearth appreciation candidates than relying on technical, timing, or other costly divining services prized by professionals. The author provides detailed briefings on how he researches industries, special situations, and mutual funds. Particularly instructive are his candid discussions of where he went wrong as well as right in his search for undervalued securities. Throughout the genial text, Lynch offers wry, on-target advisories under the rubric of ``Peter's Principles.'' Commenting on the profits that have accrued to those acquiring shares in enterprises privatized by the British government, he notes: ``Whatever the Queen is selling, buy it.'' In praise of corporate parsimony, the author suggests that, ``all else being equal, invest in the company with the fewest photos in the annual report.'' Another bull's-eye for a consummate pro, with appeal for market veterans and rookies alike. (Charts and tabular material— not seen.)

Pub Date: March 1, 1993

ISBN: 0-671-75915-9

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1993

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One of history’s most prolific inventors receives his due from one of the world’s greatest biographers.

Pulitzer and National Book Award winner Morris (This Living Hand and Other Essays, 2012, etc.), who died this year, agrees that Thomas Edison (1847-1931) almost certainly said, “genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration,” and few readers of this outstanding biography will doubt that he was the quintessential workaholic. Raised in a middle-class Michigan family, Edison displayed an obsessive entrepreneurial spirit from childhood. As an adolescent, he ran a thriving business selling food and newspapers on a local railroad. Learning Morse code, he spent the Civil War as a telegrapher, impressing colleagues with his speed and superiors with his ability to improve the equipment. In 1870, he opened his own shop to produce inventions to order. By 1876, he had money to build a large laboratory in New Jersey, possibly the world’s first industrial research facility. Never a loner, Edison hired talented people to assist him. The dazzling results included the first commercially successful light bulb for which, Morris reminds readers, he invented the entire system: dynamo, wires, transformers, connections, and switches. Critics proclaim that Edison’s innovations (motion pictures, fluoroscope, rechargeable batteries, mimeograph, etc.) were merely improvements on others’ work, but this is mostly a matter of sour grapes. Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone was a clunky, short-range device until it added Edison’s carbon microphone. And his phonograph flabbergasted everyone. Humans had been making images long before Daguerre, but no one had ever reproduced sound. Morris rivetingly describes the personalities, business details, and practical uses of Edison’s inventions as well as the massive technical details of years of research and trial and error for both his triumphs and his failures. For no obvious reason, the author writes in reverse chronological order, beginning in 1920, with each of the seven following chapters backtracking a decade. It may not satisfy all readers, but it works.

Not only the definitive life, but a tour de force by a master.

Pub Date: Oct. 22, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-8129-9311-0

Page Count: 800

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: July 15, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2019

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