There are four reasons why I think a real book of real estate is important at this time. First, there will always be a real estate market. In a civilized world, a roof over your head is as essential as food, clothing, energy, and water. Real estate investors are essential to keeping this vital human need available at a reasonable price. In countries where investing in real estate is limited or excessively controlled by the government, such as it was in former Communist Bloc countries, people suffer, and real estate deteriorates.
Second, there are many different ways a person can participate and prosper with real estate. For most people, their only real estate investment is where they live. Their home is their biggest investment. During the real estate boom from 2000 to 2007, many amateurs got involved with flipping houses—buying low and hoping to sell higher. As you know, many flippers flopped and lost everything. In true investor vocabulary, flipping is known as speculating or trading.
Some people call it gambling. While flipping is one method of investing, there are many, more sophisticated, less risky ways to do well with real estate. This book is filled with the knowledge and experiences of real, real estate investors— real estate professionals who invest rather than flip, speculate, trade, or gamble.