Las Vegas home-buying spree pays off big time

Investors benefit from stellar job growth, affordability factor

The unusual real estate book, "The Insider's Guide to 52 Homes in 52 Weeks," by Dolf de Roos and Gene Burns, tells how a real estate "guru" and an amateur investor teamed up to acquire 52 three- and four-bedroom houses in Las Vegas in about 10 months. They accomplished their goal by never investing more than $5,000 of their own cash in any house. This fascinating book is the story of a beginner real estate investor who convinced a real estate "guru," who teaches real estate classes, to take him on as a partner to buy 52 houses in 52 weeks. It was a challenge that evolved as the local market changed and as the two investors simplified their assembly-line methods to meet their goal. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. The story begins in 2001 when Burns attended a Learning Annex real estate class taught by de Roos. The student took several additional classes. Upon hearing what a great real estate market Las Vegas had become for investors, Burns convinced 1) his wife to move from San Diego...