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Letter from one of my subscribers

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Here is a letter from one of the subscribers to my newsletter: Dear Mr. Reed, Congratulations on your decision to retire from the newsletter business. It is with great reservation I am writing what will be my last check to you for your valuable monthly insight on real-estate matters. I would like to personally thank you fro your guidance in my career, I have looked froward each month for the arrival of your collection of your valuable thoughts. I will continue to recommend your fabulous books in the future to novices and professionals alike. The title that began my journey...

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Checklists for Buying Rental Houses and Apartment Buildings now back in stock

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My book Checklists for Buying Rental Houses and Apartment Buildings just arrived and is now back in stock. .

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Wall Street Journal gets in wrong on Trump tax laws

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This Trump tax stuff is maddening. Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article written by John D. McKinnon and Laura Sanders. (“Tax Benefits Flow to Rela Estate”) My strong impression is they are either dishonest or incompetent or both.It says,“Racking up huge losses…isn’t that tough…thanks to the considerable benefits of the U.S. tax code confers [on] the highest levels of the real estate world…”I have no idea what they are talking about and I wrote Aggressive Tax Avoidance for Real Estate Investors, 19th edition. http://www.johntreed.com/…/aggressive-tax-avoidance-for-rea…First off losses just means spending more than you take in. You do not need the...

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Index for How to Manage Residential Property for Maximum Cash Flow and Resale Value, 7th edition

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Index Symbols 000  82 $1 million insurance policy  74 $10  82 A abandoned vehicle  104 abandonment  104, 117, 230, 234 abbreviation  55 absence problem  20, 106, 117, 187, 188, 217, 235 absentee landlord  74 Absentee landlord  163 absentee managers/owners  124, 215, 216, 217, 218 accidental damage  74 Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI)  206 Accredited Resident Manager Profile  176 acknowledgment of notice  75, 76 actual cash value  201, 205 address correction requested  231 administrative hours  177 advertising  20, 21, 22, 24, 37, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 62, 63, 64, 72, 75, 89, 90, 97, 98, 103, 111, 117, 130,...

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Table of Contents for How To Manage Residential Property for Maximum Cash Flow and Resale Value, 7th edition

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 Contents  1 Overview 1 Part 1 Leasing  2 Setting rents 9  3 Signs of low rents 27  4 Excuses for not raising rents 33  5 Advertising 53  6 Leasing 65  7 Processing move-outs and move-ins 75 Part 2 Other income  8 Cash management 81  9 Laundry income 83 10 Garages 89 11 Forfeited security deposits 93 12 Other income 97 Part 3 Policies 13 Policies 101 14 The Lease 109 Part 4 Expenses 15 Expenses 119 16 Property taxes 123 17 Electricity 127 18 Lights 133 19 Appliances 139 20 Separate meters 145 21 Gas 151 22 Heating oil...

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