Las Vegas home-buying spree pays off big time

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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...