John T. Reed

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John T. Reed is an American businessman, author and former real estate investor. Reed has authored and self-published books on real estate investing, football coaching, baseball coaching, success, and self-publishing. He has been reportedly recommended by the National Association of Realtors as a serious investigator in the industry.[1]

Reed, who claims many years of experience in property management,[2] considers real estate investment a hands-on business.[3] He has been writing and publishing “nuts-and-bolts guides devoid of motivational or promotional filler” since 1979.[4] Reed also publishes the Real Estate Investor’s Monthly newsletter.[2][5][6]

The most popular feature[4] on John Reed's website is his real estateguru” rating,[2][7] with his opinions of the legitimacy of their claims. Those whom Reed critiques include Robert G. Allen,[1] Robert Kiyosaki,[8][9] Carleton Sheets[10] and Russ Whitney.[11] Whitney sued Reed for three years, later withdrawing some of the suits and settling another on confidential terms.[4]

Reed has a B.Sc. from West Point and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is based in Alamo, California.[6]


  1. ^ a b M.P. Dunleavey. "Nothing quick about getting rich with real estate". MSN Money. 
  2. ^ a b c Gerri Willis (May 22, 2006). "Get Real". Interview with John Reed, CNN Money magazine, June 2006 issue Vol. 35, No. 6. The problem, he contends, is that it's harder to make money in real estate than most gurus would have you believe.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ Vivian Marino (February 13, 2005). "Tips on Becoming a Successful Investor". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ a b c Jonathan Kaminsky (February 7, 2007). "Don't Tread on Me". East Bay Express. Archived from the original on February 12, 2007. John Reed makes a living off his real estate books, but made his reputation debunking the get-rich-quick gurus. 
  5. ^ Vivian Marino (November 12, 2006). "Ventures: 10 Ways to Stumble In Commercial Real Estate". The New York Times (NYT abstract).  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ a b Broderick Perkins (December 5, 2001). "Why Are Vacation Homes Still Hot?". Realty Times. 
  7. ^ "John T. Reed's views of various real-estate-investment gurus". 
  8. ^ Dwight Garner (October 30, 2005). "Inside the List". The New York Times Book Review. 
  9. ^ Steve Cannane (June 4, 2004). "Spare us the finance evangelists and their false profits". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  10. ^ Damon Darlin (April 8, 2006). "Words to Live By in Infomercial World: Caveat Emptor". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Randall Patterson (March 18, 2007). "Russ Whitney Wants You to Be Rich". The New York Times. 

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