I like that he took a few pages to discuss gays, work ethic, success and money. Let’s talk about money. We never do. I think it’s wise to be a little introspective, to get some constructive critical thinking going so we can work towards being be a self-sufficient, successful and even an example to others.
Get this book! You’ll be glad you did.
I found the interaction between the Author and his Mentors endearing. It’s clear that he valued and admired these men. He wrote that he “learned the value of good direction” from his father. I think the true value was that he learned to take and FOLLOW that direction. It feels like he mentors the Reader here, with the hope that they take HIS direction. Very good.
As you read, you feel comfortable breezing through these pages of word play, turn of phrase and story telling, but really, you’re learning very specific, usable information; some of it insider, behind the scenes info too. Tell me what I need to know, but also tell me what I didn’t know I’d need to know. You know?
While there are a number of informative points in the book, the writer doesn’t get overly serious about their delivery. He moves about the book making his points with a number of amusing stories and anecdotes. He also enlists quotes from and references to: Blow Buddies, Warren Buffet, Cher, Blill Clinton, Paula Dean, Cruella DeVille, Edidth Ann , Ellie May, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Milton Friedman, The Gaelic Language, Your Grandmother, Pam Grier, HGTV Hotties, Herber Hoover,John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Morticia Adams, Rupaul, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theordore Roosevelt, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde,and The Yiddish Language.(I think that’s all of them). I really enjoyed to book and got alot out of it: info I didn’t know, ideas I hadn’t considered. I’m going to give it to my brother, try to get him moving in a better direction.
Homownership was a comprehensive look at the economy and the real estate market.
In addition, the author gave thoughtful, intelligent and at times humorous advice on the benefits of real estate investing. I appreciated that he explained the federal influences that lead to a credit boom and then bust of the real estate market and the global economic fallout that followed. He went on to explain Short Sales, Foreclosures and Bank Owned properties, so that we will, “be mindful of the signs” when we go out there looking for something to buy. While they sound like heavy topics, he explained them lightly and with ease.
When I read the section, “Who You Aint”, I thought of the neighborhood I grew up in. My mother was that reprimanding voice yelling out the window, funny…No one wanted to come onto our street, never mind buy and repair property on it.
The author was right about the people. We were a block of hardworking, fun loving families. It’s just that our block had some scary elements to it. It was good he invested his money, time and energy. It sounds like he really improved the property and the street. It got me thinking about doing the same I could. I should.
I think Homownership is a very inspirational, instructive, and insightful survey of how real estate investing and ownership can benefit gay Americans. The writer clearly has the experience to offer advice on the process and potential of “timely, intelligent real estate investing.” I like that he did not fail to mention that it takes work, sometimes hard work. It wasn’t just a “you can do it” book- more of a “you can do it, but you’re going to get a little dirty.” “Real estate is not always pretty, but well worth the effort.” he wrote.
I’ve been a Realtor for more than 10 years, and am particularly happy to see a book come along that is addressed to the LGBT community — especially such a fine one. Well done!