Posted by Rolfe Kurtyka on May 24, 2000 at 23:50:56:
Thank you very much for that compliment! I’ve been at REI as we know it for about 3 years. Also, I have been fortunate enough to have a part-time side business teaching the basics of REI to real estate agents and brokers, as part of their pre-lincensing and continuing education. I have learned a lot from this teaching opportunity. Since getting started, I have invested in 12 properties, so I’ve also chalked up some painful and joyful lessons. Regarding books or courses, I’d suggest CS as an ok basic starting point. It’s worth about what you’d pay for it. Also, check out the books available on this site and at the book store. Some courses are also offered through this site, but they can be quite expensive. Books and tapes provide a relatively low risk way to learn. By investing $200-$300 in educational materials, you’ll get a lot of information, and in the world of professional education, that kind of money is really a bargain. Finally, read newsgroup I, and post any specific questions you may there.
Hope this is helpful; Rolfe