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Weekend reading: Real estate realities

Real estate and Weekend reading

My regular roundup of the week’s best money blogs and financial articles.

I went a bit crazy this week, with four articles on Anthony Bolton. (My last Bolton in China post has links to the other three). I also wrote about a Joseph Stiglitz lecture I attended, and a chap selling his future income for £1 million.

Regular readers may recall my goal to write shorter articles – the Bolton extravaganza was the sliced-and-diced result. But someone going deeper with more forethought was Adam Baker of ManVs Debt, who posted a three-part series on real estate at Get Rich Slowly.

Baker’s series is my blog post of the week. In among the personal story are great insights into the reality of investing in rental properties.

For a taster, he writes…

I left the property and drove straight to the courthouse to file the eviction.  I had a long list of violations and tenant complaints against Amber and the on-time monthly payment was no longer worth the hassle. I had dealt with volatile tenants before, but nothing like what I had inherited in Amber!

… which sums up why I prefer buying shares to direct property ownership, despite the attractions of leveraging up with housing.

Read Baker’s parts one, part two and part three in order.

If you’re still keen on becoming a landlord, Wealth Pilgrim also posted on property this week, sensibly emphasizing cashflow.

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  • 1 Money Funk February 13, 2010, 4:18 pm

    Thank you for including my article in your roundup. And there are some great links you have here. Definitely need to check ou the costs of commuting sonce I drive 2+ hours a day for work.

  • 2 J. Money February 13, 2010, 5:50 pm

    Hey thx for the shout out my friend! Here’s to an awesome weekend 🙂
    .-= J. Money on: The Top 10 Ways to Woo on Budget (or perhaps ever?) =-.

  • 3 Neal February 13, 2010, 6:09 pm

    Also appreciate the mention. I love your writing by the way…don’t go changin’

  • 4 LeanLifeCoach February 14, 2010, 2:49 am

    Thanks for highlighting the post on my site this week.

    Ryan from Planting Dollars was the excellent author and deserves all the credit!
    .-= LeanLifeCoach on: The Space Pencil =-.

  • 5 The Investor February 14, 2010, 2:58 pm

    @Money Funk – I used to be a vegetarian and would like to bring more vegetarian meals back into my routine!

    @J. Money – You’re welcome, and the sun has been out so it’s been a good one. 🙂

    @Neal – Thanks, likewise! The warmth on your blog is something I couldn’t even pretend to emulate.

    @LeanLifeCoach – Thanks for the reminder, have added Ryan to the credits. Seems to be a bit of a trend developing about seeking happiness not always money or things, whether individually or as nations – will it outlive the downturn?

  • 6 Money Funk February 15, 2010, 6:52 pm

    That explains the vegetarian link with a topic like Real Estate Realities.
    I want to get back into the veggie diet, too. It’s just so hard in my house with the carnivores that lurk. 😉 Thank you, again.
    .-= Money Funk on: Menu Plan Monday – I am going on a diet! =-.

  • 7 The Investor February 16, 2010, 1:08 am

    @MoneyFunk – My weekly reading has a theme at the top, then a load of unrelated cool links underneath. A bit odd I admit, but I like to mix it up!

  • 8 Baker February 18, 2010, 3:44 am

    Thanks for the kind words on my GRS series!

    Glad you enjoyed it and appreciate the mention!
    .-= Baker on: 8 Effective Ways to Raise Frugal Kids =-.

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