I am considering real estate investment. Has anyone else read the book "How I Turned $1000 Into $1000000 Of Real Estate In My Spare Time"? Later editions revised the $1M figure into $3M then $5M. I've read that it is a classic book and a collectors item that is no longer in print. I am also reading some stuff from John T. Reed. (www.johntreed.com/realestate.html). For those who don't know, Reed attended West Point and eventually got his MBA from Harvard. Reed is currently being sued by Russ Whitney (The supposed "guru" of cash flow and no money down). Anybody have any suggested reading? Please don't suggest Robert Kiyosaki, because, for the most part, he is F.O.S. (Full Of S____). Any pointers to get started would be great. I have no grandiose dreams. I just want a comfortable house and a 360 Modena. Also, what do you guys think of The Vanguard 500 index fund? I would like to start a non retirement mutual fund account for some cashflow. I already have a Fidelity 401k that's doing nicely despite their highly revered staple Magellen fund has been limping for the past few years. I am also taking night classes at the local university here on stock market investing. I am thinking of opening an account at Scottrade (www.scottrade.com) since I don't need a full brokerage services. Any of you use discount brokers? Thank You all.