8 Must-Read Books for Real Estate Investors


Real estate investors disagree on many topics, but one that nearly all agree on is the necessity of investing in yourself. There are literally thousands of books out there that deal with real estate investing, and I’ve probably read most of them! The following list is the top of my top.  Without further suspense, I give you my Top Books For Real Estate Investors:
The Best Books for Real Estate:

The Book on Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner


Cash flow and wealth don’t happen overnight. But if you are willing to work hard and invest smart, this book is designed to help you achieve your financial goals through the power of rental properties! This book will give you practical, real-world advice for those looking to build wealth and cash flow through rental properties!
You’ll learn:
• Why Many Real Estate Investors Fail (And the mindset, processes, and systems you’ll need to succeed.)
• Numerous Easy-to-Follow Strategies (Gurus love to tell you about some single “secret” method to build wealth. Instead, you’ll learn numerous!)
• Finding Deals, Financing Properties, Management, and More. (This comprehensive guide will give you exactly what you need to get your first, or next, rental property.)

The Unofficial Guide to Real Estate Investing by Spencer Strauss

 

Simply put, this book is amazing. From making a plan, buying your first property, fixing things up, managing property, to selling for premium prices  – it’s all here. This book was the inspiration for the real estate strategy that I used in my life to grow my portfolio, and also the inspiration for my other short (free) book “7 Years to 7 Figure Wealth” which you can get for free later on this list!
Overall, this book is an excellent summary of the whole process of buying an investment property.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

There may be a lot of hype and motivational talk in this book (not to mention the Rich Dad marketing machine you see everywhere), but this classic among investors contains an unbelievable amount of life-changing, thought-provoking content. Rich Dad is all about opening our minds to the possibilities of letting our money earn money, rather than our time. Kiyosaki does an excellent job of putting to words what I had been feeling in my heart for a long time.

Rich Dad’s ABC’s of Real Estate Investing and Rich Dad’s Advanced Guide to Real Estate Investing by Ken McElroy


These are two books that work as a team to teach one huge method of investing in real estate – multifamily investing.  These two are the best books on “big picture” real estate investing through apartments I’ve read. If you want to start making serious money in real estate, check these two books out.  Also, these books contain the best descriptions and examples of harnessing the power of cap rates while investing in real estate.

The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down by Brandon Turner

Looking to get started using other people’s money? Struggling to find out how to pay for your first (or next) property?  This is the one book on this list you CAN’T afford to miss (see what I did there?!)  Usually the term “no money down” is synonymous with the late night TV gurus with big hair, big smiles, and big promises – but this book is different. It’s not about one “secret” strategy – it’s about numerous strategies used  by real investors in today’s market – both newbies and advanced. Of course I’m a little biased on how awesome this book is – because I wrote it, but being one of the top real estate books on Amazon definitely validates my bias!If you want to pick up a copy of this (either digital, physical, audio – or all three) head over to BiggerPockets.com/nomoney and get it!

The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss


While not about Real Estate at all, The Four Hour Workweek is still an excellent book on living outside the “status quo” of slave, save, retire, die. It transformed the way I look at the world, retirement, money, etc.  I recommend this book to almost every person in any field. It might be turned off by Ferriss’ “personality” and bravado but I find the information and motivation invaluable. If you are feeling overwhelmed by life and the busyness of it, don’t skip this one. I think you’ll like it.

Landlording on AutoPilot by Mike Butler

Mike Butler’s book is hands down the best book on being a landlord for single family homes. There is so much good information in this book about dealing with tenants it is insane. This single book helped me dramatically to improve my landlording business and make my business so much
If you are struggling at all with being a landlord or fearful of jumping into real estate because of the thought of being a landlord, read this book.

Real Estate Investment 101: Learn The Passive Income That Everyone Is Talking About Kindle Edition by Meir Zaslavskiy

The topic of “Real Estate Investing 101” is well compartmentalized and presented lightly and concisely, the author expresses himself aphoristically, at times even bitingly, while being extraordinarily informative and business-oriented. Mr. Zaslavskiy stresses the structure, role, and mechanics of the blockchain technology in real estate investments, the ambiguous part of the government and sometimes predatory practices of international regulators, who too often stand in the way of progress and honest business. 
The book is designed for a wide range of readers, but it will be especially useful to the real estate professionals (agents, brokers, etc.) as well as a large consumer audience.
What you choose to read and put into your mind is an important choice. I hope this list has helped you to focus on a small group of real estate books that have been very helpful to me.
What do you think about these choices? Are there others that you would include? What are you reading now in the real estate and business world that has been helpful?

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