Robert Irwin has been one of the nation's top real estate authors for more than 20 years. His 1991 bestseller, How to Find Real Estate Bargains, continues to be one of the most popular guides to finding real estate bargains and buying them at rock-bottom prices. Thoroughly updated and revised, this new edition is for reader in the market for a bargain home for themselves or as an investment for resale profit.
Irwin fills readers in on everything they need to know to quickly decide if a property's potential payoff outweighs its risks. With nearly 50 percent all-new material, the second edition features new chapters on:All types of repos, including HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, FDIC, GSA, and SBA Property tax, ATF and IRS, p robate, bare land, and Recreational property sales Finding bargain properties in strong markets by working directly with sellers Using the Web to find the hottest bargains
The latest in the hugely popular Tips and Traps series, Tips and Traps for New Home Owners contains all the information you need to move in, financially operate, and successfully maintain your first home.
From financial record keeping and obtaining insurance to surviving the move-in and ensuring home value, real estate expert Robert Irwin provides practical, real-world advice that:Shows ways to maximize investment expenditures, including minimizing taxes, timing refinancing, and more Outlines ways to avoid home ownership pratfalls, from a thorough premove checklist to an annual maintenance schedule Offers expert guidance in home improvement and modernizing for every part of the house Explains how to evaluate a home's current value and future price
Real estate guru Bob Irwin breaks down all the common negotiating "tips and traps" when it comes to buying and selling in real estate. Beginning with the golden rule of real estate--everything is negotiable--the all-new third edition of this easy-to-read guide helps homeowners and investors like you maximize profits by avoiding the common pitfalls standing in the way of getting the deal you want. Fully updated for real estate investors in any economic climate, this comprehensive guide delivers useful tools for every step along the way along with rock-solid advice for sellers and buyers on:Getting a better price in a down market Negotiating a quick sale Dealing with reluctant lenders Keeping the upper hand when buying a foreclosed property Talking a seller into financing your purchase And more
Robert Irwin is a real estate broker, investor, and author. He is a regular guest on many radio and television programs as well as the author of more than 35 books on all aspects of real estate, including the McGraw-Hill bestselling Tips & Traps series, which has sold well over a million copies. Irwin lives in Westlake Village, California.
Scared of starting a new career in real estate? Wondering if you have what it takes?
Don't worry! Robert Irwin's Tips and Traps for Getting Started as a Real Estate Agent answers all your toughest questions. Irwin helps you start your real estate career on the right foot, and presents proven, reliable guidance on every aspect of the profession.
This handy guide shows you how to get licensed and start making money immediately. It walks you through those first tough days and weeks on the job, helps you find a great mentor, and shares all the basics of the business-from listing and selling properties to conducting open houses and escrow.
Delivers the skills and tools you need to become a top-performing agent, including how to:Manage your time for maximum efficiency Work less and earn more by closing bigger deals Bring in more referrals so you can stop hunting for clients Take home a bigger commission in every deal
Of all of his books, those in the bestselling "Tips and Traps" series continue to be the most popular(more than 500,000 sold), and two of those--Tips and Traps When Buying a Home and Tips and Traps When Selling a Home--have gone on to become the #1 guides in their respective subjects.
In the seven years since those two classics were last revised the real estate market has undergone many dramatic changes. Irwin has updated these bestsellers to reflect these changes so readers can be successful in their real estate endeavors.
Featuring fully revised facts and figures that reflect the most recent changes in the real estate market,Tips and Traps When Buying a Home, Third Editionprovides first-time and experienced home buyers alike with practical, step-by-step information on a broad range of proven home buying strategies, along with indispensable advice and guidance on:Buying in an "Up" market "Flipping," buying with "options," bidding wars, and other new facts of life The latest new financing options The new rules of closing costs
Written by bestselling real estate author (more than 1 million books sold) Robert Irwin, Home Buyer's Checklist levels the playing field by equipping home buyers with a comprehensive list of questions pertaining to all the physical aspects of a house that may not be covered in an official inspection. From basement to attic, pantry to lawn, Bob walks readers through every room, nook, cranny, closet and keep, asking important questions about windows, screens, doors and door frames, fireplaces, light fixtures, moldings, and much, much more. And, drawing upon his many years of experience in the business, he provides pointers on how to deal with each problem, including information on how much it will cost to fix, how to estimate its short- and long-term consequences, how it should impact on the negotiating process, and more.
In Camel, Robert Irwin explores why the camel has fascinated so many cultures, including those cultivated in locales where camels are not indigenous. Here, he traces the history of the camel from its origins millions of years ago to the present day, discussing such matters of contemporary concern as the plight of camel herders in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, the alarming increase in the population of feral camels in Australia, and the endangered status of the wild Bactrian in Mongolia and China. Throughout history, the camel has been appreciated worldwide for its practicality, resilience, and legendary abilities of survival. As a result it has been featured in the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Poussin, Tiepolo, Flaubert, Kipling, and Rose Macaulay, among others. From East to West, Irwin’s Camel is the first survey of its kind to examine the animal’s role in society and history throughout the world.
Not just for camel aficionados, this highly illustrated book, containing over 100 informative and unusual images, is sure to entertain and inform anyone interested in this fascinating and exotic animal.
How to Get Started in Real Estate Investing presents a step-by-step system that walks you through your first purchase and helps you build on that success. Updated to reflect today's market realities, this second edition is the reliable, hands-on guide every first-time investor needs.
Built by a bloody and threatened dynasty of Muslim Spain, the Alhambra was preserved as a monument to the triumph of Christianity. Much of what we see is the invention of later generations. Its highly sophisticated decoration is not just random but full of hidden meaning. Even its purpose - palace or theological college - is not always clear. Its influence on art, and on literature, orientalist painting and Granada cinemas, Washington Irving and Borges, has been significant. Robert Irwin enables us to understand the Alhambra's history fully.
'The Wonders of the World' is a series of books that focuses on some of the world's most famous sites or monuments. Their names will be familiar to almost everyone: they have achieved iconic stature and are loaded with mythological baggage. These monuments have been the subject of many books over the centuries, but our aim, through the skill and stature of the writers, is to get something much more enlightening, stimulating, even controversial, than straightforward histories or guides.
Featuring fully revised facts and figures that reflect the most recent changes in the real estate market, Tips & Traps When Buying a Home, Fourth Edition is helpful whether you're a first-time or experienced home buyer. It gives you practical, step-by-step information on a broad range of proven home buying strategies, along with indispensable advice and guidance on buying in an "up" market, flipping, buying with options, bidding wars, and other important facets of real estate deals.
Robert Irwin, one of America’s most trusted real estate experts, provides the tools you need to avoid foreclosure—and protect your credit, your wealth, and your peace of mind.
How to Use a Short Sale to Stop Home Foreclosure and Protect Your Finances removes the complications and stress often associated with short selling a property. Using real-life success stories, Irwin explains how a short sale works and walks you through the process step by step. You’ll learn how to:Convince lenders to engage in a short sale Deal with a loss mitigation committee Get a loan modification Find an agent Manage issues with the IRS Beat the deadlines that can doom a short sale
It contains all the paperwork you’ll need to execute a short sale, along with listings of helpful outside resources.
How to Use a Short Sale to Stop Home Foreclosure and Protect Your Finances provides everything you need to get out from under— without spending a dime of your own money.
This latest edition of Bob Irwin's classic Tips & Traps When Selling a Home brings you up to speed on all the recent changes, regulations, and trends in real estate--whether you're new to the selling process or are an experienced home seller. It provides important information on market conditions, new tax advantages, toxic materials in the home, alternatives to the traditional broker, as well as proven strategies for handling multiple offers, dealing with "fee-for-service" and discount brokers, and holding a home for investment.
Condos, co-ops, and townhouses account for more than one-third of real estate sales in the United States. Fully updated to address the many changes that have occurred in the market since the first edition, Tips & Traps When Buying a Condo, Co-Op, or Townhouse, Second Edition, covers all the bases to help you navigate the process of buying into a shared-ownership development.
In the summer of 1964 Robert Irwin set off for Algeria in search of Sufi enlightenment. There he entered a world of marvels and ecstasy, converted to Islam, and received an initiation as afaqir. He learnt the rituals of Islam in North Africa and he studied Arabic in London.
Political violence, torture, rock music, drugs, Oxbridge intellectuals, first love, and losses are all part of this story from the 1960s.
Robert Irwin is one of the best known writers on the history and culture of the Islamic world.
Like other books in his best-selling "Tips & Traps" series, it's packed with targeted, reader-friendly advice. If you're a prospective buyer, Bob Irwin will show you how to:Decide if shared ownership is right for you Read between the lines of bylaws Deal with homeowners associations Check out the seven warning signs of big trouble Handle disclosures and inspections And much more
Most homeowners assume that everyone pays the same six percent on Realtor commissions. But, in fact, some people pay much less and some people pay much more. And with today's overheated housing market, it seems like most homes practically sell themselves. Is it really worth paying a Realtor tens of thousands of dollars to find a buyer for a home that's in high demand?
There are actually many ways to lower the commission you pay-all it takes is knowledge of the selling process and basic negotiating skills. In this helpful, comprehensive guide, Robert Irwin teaches you everything you need to know to get a better deal. He presents a detailed, precise explanation of how the commission system works, and proven strategies and tactics for keeping more of your equity.
You'll learn how to lower-and even eliminate-the commission by taking advantage of such little known options as:
* Using a discount agent
* Negotiating for rebates or reduced rates
* Offering flat fees or cash bonuses
* Basing commissions on speed of sale and other factors
* Creating your own listing agreement
* Paying for services rendered rather than percentage
* Finding a buyer yourself and paying only for the closing
Six percent doesn't sound like much. But for many homeowners, six percent is a fortune better spent on something else. In a booming real estate market, it pays to consider the alternatives-and you'll find them all in this handy, helpful guide.
"Broker-investor Irwin is a prolific writer on real estate, and among the best."
Missing any step in the complex home selling process can cost a seller dearly in time, taxes, and profits. Now Home Seller's Checklist makes it easier than ever for home sellers to cover all their bases--in the right order and at the right time.
Following the same step-by-step format as Bob Irwin's bestselling Home Buyer'sChecklist, it:Arms sellers with a simple, comprehensive list of tasks to check off as they go Covers every step in the process, from first repairs to picking an agent to closing the sale Poses all the questions sellers need to ask themselves, their agents, appraisers, escrow officers, and contractors