"Skinny" on Real Estate
You may already know about our friend and neighbor, Jim Randel,
from his popular book, "Confessions
of a Real Estate Entrepreneur." Jim and RealData's
chief, Frank Gallinelli, have a lot in common, not the least
of which is their approach to investing.
Jim is now publishing a new book series called "The Skinny
On..." Although the central characters in these are
a bit thin -- they're stick figures inspired by the celebrated
Japanese literary form, Manga -- there is nothing lightweight
about the information they deliver. In fact one of his titles,
"The Skinny on the Housing Crisis," has been
named the 2009 Robert Bruss Book of the Year by The
National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE).
We also have high praise for "The Skinny on Real Estate
Investing," which is an excellent and very readable
introduction to the subject. And if you have teen- or college-age
kids, you absolutely need to get them a copy of "The
Skinny on Credit Cards: How to Master the Credit Card Game."
We like these books and think you will too. So, we asked Jim
if he could extend a discount to our RealData Dispatch subscribers,
and he has been kind enough to give us a promo code you can
use for 30% off on both the printed and the e-book versions.
Your prices are just $6.97 for the e-books and $10.47 plus shipping
for the printed paperbacks.
To take advantage of the discount, go to theskinnyon.com
and use the promo code RealData30 when you check out. The code
will be good through September 30, 2009.
Extended, Home Sales Jump
In a press
release issued August 17, the Federal Reserve annouced that
it would extend
the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) beyond
its originally-scheduled December 31 termination date. The program
will now run until March 31, 2010 for existing commercial mortgage-backed
securities and until June 30 for new CMBS, which typically take
some time to arrange.
Many in the commercial real estate industry see TALF
as vital to unfreezing the commercial financing markets. In
the second round of TALF, investors
requested $2.3 billion, almost three times the July funding.
Another positive sign for real estate came from the housing
market, where sales
of existing homes rose 7.2%, the biggest increase in almost
up to 33% on RealData Software
In the current economy it's no surprise that we all want to
save money when we can. Did you know that you can save a bundle
on RealData software? It's easy.
Many of our customers find that they can benefit from not just
one but several of our products. Perhaps they're developing
and investing in different kinds of property, and need to work
with analyses and pro formas of different kinds.
We've assembled five "bundles"
that represent the most common combinations of products purchased
by our customers, and we offer those bundles at a discount.
They begin with our entry-level Bundle
1, which contains the Ultra-Lite
version of our Real
Estate Investment Analysis, our Personal
Financial Statement software, and our e-course.
At the other end is our best value, Bundle
5, where you can buy almost everything we sell and save
a very meaningful $662.
Take advantage of this opportunity to get RealData software
at a great price.
In our June Dispatch we featured UPworld.com,
a site for developers and for those in the building professions.
We discovered a great feature that we had overlooked, and want
to bring it to your attention. Check out their worldwide
calendar of events -- conferences, forums, exhibitions and
more stretching from San Francisco to New York to London to
If you would rather stay home, visit their new blog
page, which has some excellent content.
Like any business, we love it when we get some good PR. So
we were pleased to see a nice
write-up about RealData founder, Frank Gallinelli, in the
Hamilton County Herald. They got Frank to talk about how he
got into the real estate software business, and about how his
writing and teaching are part of his mission to spread financial
While we're on the subject of books, we would like to remind
you about a new addition to realdata.com, The
RealData Bookstore. This is not an automated list of best-sellers,
but rather a collection of titles that we have hand-picked.
We've included some classics that real estate investors have
relied on for years, and also suggested some newer titles that
we feel merit your attention. Of course Frank's own books are
listed first --
objectivity has its limits.
We hope you'll take
a look -- and that you'll send us your recommendations for
new titles to add to our list.
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