As I was reading your latest monthly I was thinking about some of the things that keep me renewing my subscription.
1) Insightful and honest analysis of investing, money management and what may work and what may not. I first ran across your name when searching about a real estate author. I was very surprised in your review how you did not shy away from calling out this particular popular author as falling far short of giving useful advice. That is unusual. In reading your book, “How to Protect Your Life Savings from Hyperinflation and Depression” I found the ideas useful and also your identification of a key concept. That is, if you owned all that you would ever need for the rest of your life, there would be little worry about hyperinflation or depression. Of course, many items are perishable, so this may not be done with all goods and services, but there are many where acquiring them now in some quantity may be useful.
2) A wide ranging review of topics, not just confined to real estate, but other investments, inflationary (and deflationary) concerns as well as political events. The reviews are always direct, rational and not the “group think” that often permeates otherwise good publications, such as the Wall Street Journal. It keeps the newsletter interesting. If you only wrote on real estate I would likely have dropped off since I do little active investing in real estate now.
3) Your review of various books on an expansive range of topics, which gives me ideas for additional reading. Not just your own books, but those of other authors. I am on the lookout for interesting reading and your newsletter gives me good ideas for further reading.
Keep up the good writing.
Your neighbor, one city over,
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
A wonderful resource. This newsletter touches on all the major issues in real estate. And over time, has introduced me to a whole buffet of ideas and information related to real estate and investing. Many of those ideas would never been on my radar without John's excellent newsletter.
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The following is from a note about a missed issue of Real Estate Investor’s Monthly:
I definitely notice when it's not here as it's my favorite letter. …I appreciate that your articles are based on research, analysis and conclusion of FACTS. There appears to be an absence of real, well researched facts attached to much of what passes for the "truth" today. I have also learned a tremendous amount of broader economic knowledge. Thank you.
John Yamnicky, Woodbridge, VA
Thanks John! Your books and newsletter are the best in the industry. Keep up the great work. I have quite a few of your books, and a lot of books by many others. Yet I only ever reread and refer back to your books. Your books have substance, specifics and details where others are general and wanting.
I give your newsletter first priority when it arrives each month. Thanks for sharing your great wisdom.
I very much have enjoyed the books and newsletter. You've definitely
saved me from making some bad mistakes and easily saved me the cost of all the
books I've purchased. Thanks again!
Hello Sir! I have been a subscriber to your news letter for 10+ years, and have purchased many of your books.
I have found your writings to be marvelously helpful and entertaining reading. You are a real straight shooter.
Based on what I learned from you, I did 1031 exchanges [in] Haddonfield[, NJ] into [an apartment] complex in Burlington, VT.
I have also developed two commercial facilities in Vermont, and used your arguments and court cases to support component depreciation of 15 years rather than  years for landscaping depreciable life on these. Since one of these properties was built on enormous landfill, this was a huge difference in tax deferral. Any one of the things I did above would have paid for your newsletter subscription and books many, many times over.
Sincerely, Larry Kruse
I just mailed off the renewal to REIM but I wanted to give you this endorsement.
Your real estate publications are of great value to me. It is now about 20 years since I ran across an early version of Aggressive Tax Avoidance, read it avidly, and filed away mentally the information on 1031 like kind exchanges. That one tip, and follow up comments you have made about exchanges in other publications, has made me about $100,000 in extra profits in my real estate investing over the past several years. I have not read every word you have written on real estate investing, so I wonder now what I may have missed. Perhaps I should buy all your other publications just to make sure. Certainly they are a better way to gain information than most of the dreck on the market today.
I appreciate your hard-nosed, analytical, unemotional approach to this topic, flavored, no doubt, by your Army background and Harvard MBA. Your website information is likewise valuable, particularly the "guru" ratings, and I hope you can keep this going.
I wish you success in your future endeavors,
Fairfax VA, Real Estate investor for 23 years
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Every real estate investor would profit from reading your books and newsletter. You challenge a lot of commonly held investment and management assumptions and business practices. You are the most practical, down-to-earth, no nonsense, humble real estate investment advisor in the country, a unique voice of reason in an industry filled with both accidental and deliberate misinformation.
Your primary weapons are a heavy dose of common sense, creative problem-solving, logic, a unique ability to share both your personal successes and errors. I doubt many investors manage to do everything you recommend, but when I look at the successful investors I have known over the past 25 years, it's clear their business plans follow much of the same advice you give readers every month.
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