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by Alison Rogers

  • ISBN: 1427754659
  • Category: Money & Business
  • Author: Alison Rogers
  • Subcategory: Real Estate
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; Original edition (June 5, 2007)
  • Pages: 215 pages
  • FB2 size: 1214 kb
  • EPUB size: 1276 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 292
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Real estate rookies and seasoned vets alike will delight in Alison's unique voice and perspective as she discovers . a fun read, but not what I expected. I thought she'd talk more about her experience as a real estate flipper, but that was short-lived.

Real estate rookies and seasoned vets alike will delight in Alison's unique voice and perspective as she discovers her pathway out of corporate monotony to independent success in the real estate business. Aug 27, 2007 Persephone rated it it was amazing.

With humor and grace†as well as an eye for the fabulous and outrageous†real estate rookie Alison Rogers offers an insider’s tale of the hottest real estate market in the country.

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D I A R Y O F A Rookie R e a l E s t a t e My Year of Flipping, Selling, and Rebuilding- and What I Learned (The Hard Way) ALISON ROGERS.

With humor and grace as well as an eye for the fabulous and outrageous real estate rookie Alison Rogers offers an insider's tale of the hottest real estate market in the country.

Along the way, Alison drolly relates her escapades, among them an attempt to flip abandoned shells in Newark and the rental of a Greenwich Village apartment to a famous movie star. Real estate rookies and seasoned vets alike will delight in Alison’s unique voice and perspective as she discovers her pathway out of corporate monotony to independent success in the real estate business

Along the way, Alison drolly relates her escapades, among them an attempt to flip abandoned shells in Newark and the rental of a Greenwich Village apartment to a famous movie star.

A real estate memoir, written in very short chapters. Full of advice from a newbie agent who got into all sorts of scrapes and misdaventures. I agree with Newsweek, this book was funny. ) front porch Nov 14, 2007. Basically go against conventional wisdom is the advice of this book. Very New York centric. Funny stories and common sense advice. Some best for last on some ideas how to make a house a home ▾Library descriptions.

With humor and grace - as well as an eye for the fabulous and outrageous - real estate rookie Alison Rogers offers an insider's tale of the hottest real estate market in the country. Expanding upon Roger's weekly national column in Inman News, Diary of a Real Estate Rookie chronicles a former real estate journalist's wily adventures, from a gutsy attempt at starting a real estate business with only $16,000 to the (eventual) tasts of sweet success. Along the way, Alison drolly relates her escapades, among them an attempt to flip abandoned shells in Newark and the rental of a Greenwich Village apartment to a famous movie star. Quirky and informative, Rookie offers real estate and financial advice in tandem with tales of suburban real estate agents, manicured New York trophy wives, and innocent ripe-for-the-plucking first-time buyers. Real estate rookies and seasoned vets alike will delight in Alison's unique voice and perspective as she discovers her pathway out of corporate monotony to independent success in the real estate business.
Reviews about Diary of a Real Estate Rookie: My Year of Flipping, Selling, and Rebuilding â?“ and What I Learned (The Hard Way) (7):
Lianeni
There are no shortage of books out there for first-time home buyers, but Alison Rogers' Diary of a Real Estate Rookie: My Year of Flippin, Selling, and Rebuilding -- and What I Learned the Hard Way is easily the most interesting I've read, probably because it hasn't a how-to guide filled with platitudes like "don't buy the first house you see."

As the title would suggest, this isn't a how-to guide at all. Instead it's a former real estate writer's tale of her first year as a real estate agent/aspiring investor -- it's a quick and funny read (I finished it in one sitting), and it's a remarkably candid expose of all the problems that prospective home buyers can face in dealing with agents. The book begins "More than six million Americans move each year. If anecdotal evidence is anything to go by, more than 5.9 million of them hate their real estate agent." She describes the unethical tactics that many of her competitors use to inflate their incomes at the expense of clients. Sprinkled throughout the narrative are informative sidebars like "tricks to keep from overpaying", "the greatest rental search tip ever" (definitely worth the price of admission), and "five tips to ease the pain of selling."

In addition to being a valuable guide for rookie buyers, this is also probably the first book anyone contemplating a career as an agent should buy.

At 212 fun-to-read pages, you can't go wrong with this book if you're interested in real estate.

Zac Bissonnette
AOL Money and Finance Writers/Editor
Kizshura
Packed with practical advice for homebuyers, as well as juicy insider gossip about what it's like to work in real estate. I read the whole book in one sitting.
Felolak
Great book, funny to read if you are in the business.
Bluddefender
I read this book on a short plane flight and was dismayed when the plane landed--I wanted to finish the book! Diary of a Real Estate Rookie is an engaging and witty story, with useful insights about real estate throughout.

I should mention that I picked the book up because I know the author. But I should also mention that I have no special interest in real estate. I think those two facts balance out enough that I can objectively say this is a super book.

Ali mentions casually somewhere in the book that she's a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard, but doesn't elaborate on what that means. Our graduating class had about 1600 people in it, and I believe 7 (or was it 9?) graduated summa. This is one smart woman. She uses that intelligence to notice things. Things not just about how real estate works, but about how everyone involved feels in the process. And how those feelings and social relations shape the business. This leads to not just an insightful book, but also a witty and readable story. The book is also a fun slice of New York City life, though its real estate lessons are more broadly applicable.
Gardataur
The book came very fast and was in perfect condition! I'd definitely order again, thanks.
Unh
Okay, I enjoyed reading this book. Maybe you thought not since I only gave it 3 stars but it depends on WHY you want to read this book or what you think you're going to get out of it. I enjoyed it because it was mostly a memoir that was well-written, funny, anecdotal, and garnered a sense of empathy for the poor, hapless author navigating the wild woods of real estate in NJ and NY. Her professional experiences were interesting to read about along with her personal experiences. From this perspective, I thought her book was a 5 star review. Now, I read this thinking that I could glean a little knowledge about the 1st year "rookie" agent mistakes and discoveries from a memoir perspective, which seemed like a fun and novel idea.
Basically, here's my gripe and WHY I gave it 3 stars: the experiences she was having in NYC were very specific to highly urban areas and not so much residential developments unless you count her experiences in NJ. And even those in NJ were very different (again area-specific) but yet still held occasional gems of wisdom. But it is hard to learn anything from her experiences because of their non-transferrable nature. (I had thought that what she learned the hard way, I could avoid by reading her exploits but it seems that these were more just fun little demonstrations of her particular experience rather than being relatable in any way to myself.) Now, I could have learned not to undervalue myself and my abilities but I already know how to avoid that. I could have learned that people will attempt to take advantage of your wide-eyed enthusiasm but I think I already knew that one, too. And I definitely already knew you must have an amazing, wonderful, and supportive spouse/partner to help you through the RE entry process. But again, reiterating them was her way of saying, "no, I really didn't think this real estate thing through." Which I DID appreciate. Though there was no "flipping" -- okay, there was attempted flipping but then she gave up! -- at least there was a little bit of selling and maybe some (life) rebuilding but nothing I gained from the perspective of a real estate "rookie" in their first year. I guess I wanted too much...?

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