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CHAPTER 1

VALUATION OF PROPERTY

The Starting Point

Real estate is different than all other forms of investing in several ways: tax benefits, generation of income to pay for mortgages, and more than anything else, the fact that cash flow is more crucial than profits. While this point was made in the first edition of this book a decade ago, it is as true today as ever. In 2008 and 2009, it looked like real estate was done as a viable investment, but this has been predicted many times in the past. The predictions were always wrong.

Today, real estate looks better than ever for investors. Home ownership rates are way down, but rental rates are significantly ...

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