Most women my age (early 40s, in case you're wondering) grew up with many mixed messages in terms of building our financial futures. At the same time that we were seeing Ms. magazine and discussing the implications of Roe v. Wade and the Equal Rights Amendment, our parents were still pushing us to marry rich "just in case." I started to believe that marrying a wealthy man could be as viable a career as any other (witness the tragic Anna Nicole Smith story).
I and many of my friends and colleagues grew up believing that it was difficult to get by, almost impossible to make tons of money, and that, regardless, everything involved working endless hours at thankless jobs in the hopes of striking it rich by winning the lottery or the weekly Bingo jackpot. I also thought that real estate was always a long term purchase that was often more trouble than it was worth. The idea of flipping properties, of buying to rent, or buying pre-construction was never present. If only I had access to The Girlz Guide to Building Wealth twenty years ago...
This book serves two purposes and does them both justice. At a basic level this is a simple guide to real estate investing written by four highly successful investors. There are entire conversational chapters regarding building a team, locating properties, assessing properties, negotiating deals, and effectively managing a portfolio. Each chapter is clearly written and includes first person examples from people other than the authors who have made and lost money through such investing. You hear the good, bad, and the ugly and get to learn from it all.
At a deeper level, however, this is really a coaching and motivational book published by Bob Proctor's Life Success Publishing and written by students and practitioners of The Secret and Law of Attraction. So in addition to the nuts and bolts and pitfalls of real estate investing, the authors offer advice on goal setting, clarity, and networking to help readers take the leap into a new mindset of success.
Easy to read, filled with useful information, and encouraging - exactly what a Girlz Guide to Building Wealth should be!