“The Skinny On Real Estate Investing” – Quick Book Review for a Very Quick Read

Recently, I was asked to write a review for two of Jim Randel’s books in the “Skinny On” series.  Here’s the post that I composed for those:  Free Books?!? One of the Coolest Perks to Being a Fairly Well-Known Blogger

Rand Publishing was apparently happy with my first post, because they sent me another FREE book to review here.  Like each of the others, “The Skinny on Real Estate Investing”is something that can easily be finished in under an hour.  I read my copy while hanging out during my older kids’ martial arts class.  Speaking of the kids, even they were able to relate to the friendly cartoon-like format.  They read it and then went around the house spouting real estate advice like junior Donald Trumps.

I am impressed with Jim Randel’s ability to boil things down to the most important points, and to present things in a way that is easily understandable for the layperson. 

Randel provides some very solid basic real estate investing information, including a handful of formulas (cap rate, return on cash invested, etc.).  Anyone who is considering investing in property could learn a thing or two here.  This volume is Part 1 of an upcoming 3-part series.

The Skinny On books are based on the very popular “Manga” style, which is a Japanese graphic novel genre.  Essentially, it’s like reading a longer comic book on a topic with educational value.  Self-deprecating humor and a likeable cast of characters makes them entertaining, too!

Even though I have been selling real estate for over 12 years here in Austin, this book provides me with some good reminders, since I don’t specialize in working with investors, although I own three properties of my own. 

At a very affordable $14.95, I would recommend picking up a handful of copies to give to your clients who have expressed interest in investing.  The ebook is also available for just $9.95:


Big thanks to Rand Publishing for selecting me to help spread the word.  Feel free to send more free reading material!

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