Books and courses offered here on CREonline? - Posted by cole

Posted by Hal Roark on August 28, 2002 at 07:54:07:


Books and courses offered here on CREonline? - Posted by cole

Posted by cole on August 26, 2002 at 22:48:43:

The books/courses sound very interesting, are they worth the cost of $400 to $700? Looking for unbiased opinions. I don’t mind spending money to become more educated, just don’t want to get gauged if the info is not worth the cost.


Re: Books and courses offered here on CREonline? - Posted by Steve

Posted by Steve on August 27, 2002 at 11:43:05:

I agree with Hal. There are dozens of books available that will help you decide which direction you want to go in for about $15 to $20 each. I have been reading constantly since I started in 97 and find more info everyday. I bought the CS course and think it’s very helpful. My feelings are that it is geared toward the buy and hold philosophy and that’s what I am doing. My partner and I are looking at investments for retirement in 15 to 20 years and I can’t think of any better right now as I read stock quotes and interest rates are so low. Read, read, read. I can’t believe I have just found this website. I found it only four days ago and have been glued to it.


Have you done your homework first?.. - Posted by Hal Roark

Posted by Hal Roark on August 27, 2002 at 08:51:16:


I have bought a bunch of the courses here. I have never been disappointed by any. In fact, they all have passed my stringent test: if I buy anything related to my rei biz, the info must give me a 100% return within 6 months (not to mention the rest of my life). So, if I’m buying a $250 course, I expect to make $500 from it in the next six months. Again, all have passed with flying colors.

Have you done all the other homework, though? Before buying a course (going to college), have you graduated from high school? From elementary school?

Elementary school is reading ALL the articles and posts here. It’s searching the archives to topics and people of interest to you. Free brain-pickin’; don’t miss it.

High school is buying some of the great books out there on rei that you can get for $20. Do an archive search on recommended books and you will hit a treasure trove. For $200, you can get 15 books that will lay a good, general foundation.

Then, when you know what you want to specialize in, then buy a course. While $300-500 may sound like a lot, it’s chicken feed when you consider it’s a business in a box. Just be sure you know what you want to do, you have analyzed yourself and your market for the most profitable approach that interests you most, and you have your life in order to dabble in re as a hobby (my bias) to see if all this rei stuff is for real (it is, minus the hype, with a lot of work added in).

Those who treat this as a business, and learn how to create and run a business, and who reorient their lives to support a home based biz, and who have graduated from elementary, high, and rei college, have the best shot at success.

Those who skip steps, imho, are more likely to fail.

Good luck,


There you go again, Giving good advice … - Posted by Ronald * Starr(in No CA)

Posted by Ronald * Starr(in No CA) on August 27, 2002 at 16:08:22:

Hal Roark---------------

In my opinion a very nicely written response. I like your analogy to school education.

This is post well worth far more than it costs to get. Yes, sometimes people do get more than they pay for. And you provided it this time.

Good Going Guy!

Good InvestingRon Starr***