Expanded and updated with 20 new chapters about leadership, investment decisions, and the regulatory environment, plus guidance on how to survive an economic downturn. With over 35 years in commercial real estate, author John McNellis has taken the best-selling first edition of Making It in Real Estate and expanded it with new content, market-specific solutions, and real-life strategies to start and grow your real estate portfolio. Like a meeting over coffee with a mentor, McNellis entertains with witty anecdotes and wisdom on how to take advantage of opportunities and avoid pitfalls. Learn the ins and outs of financing; how to work with architects, brokers, and other professionals; and how to make a good deal and win approval for your project. Listed as required reading for students majoring in real estate at universities across the nation, Making it in Real Estate: Starting Out as a Developer, Second Edition, has readers calling it "the best book on development . . . that accurately describes the true upside, downside, and work involved" in commercial real estate.