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 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 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 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. Some might be turned off by Ferriss’ “personality” but I find the information and motivation invaluable.
- 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. 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.
Okay, Bigger Pockets may not be a physical book. It’s actually the world’s largest real estate community. However, anything you could ever learn in a book is found on this site. Tons of investors, lots of info, amazing stuff. Really, this site taught me a lot about real estate investing. Now I am one of their contributors to their blog (which is super-duper cool). Seriously any question you have about real estate (besides asking me, which you totally can and should!) you can ask in the forums and you’ll get a bazillion seasoned real estate investors to answer you. It’s a living book. I love it.
- 7 Years to 7 Figure Wealth
by … me! Ok, it’s a shameless plug, but I had to include this book in the list! If you want to check it out, it’s 100% free and you can download it right now. This book is a complete summary of my investment strategy and one avenue to earn a million dollars in real estate purchasing only five properties in seven years with almost no money.
BONUS: 20 Ways to Buy Real Estate for Under $2,000
(Free Real Estate Book!) This is a book written by my good friend Ben Leybovich over at JustAskBenWhy.com, and it’s free to download – you just gotta sign up for his newsletter to get it. This book is the shortest in this collection, but one of my favorites simply because it is just pure, actionable content. If you are looking to invest in real estate and don’t have a lot of cash – this is a great book to download to get a quick understanding of different ways real investors are doing this, every day. Ben also is the creator of Cash Flow Freedom University, which is an online course you can take to learn how to invest in real estate the smart way. In full disclosure – I am an affiliate for this course, but only because I believe very strongly in Ben’s message. So, if you end up checking out Ben’s course and buy it, after going through my link, Ben gives me a small commission which helps keep the lights on here at RealEstateInYourTwenties.com. So definitely go and download this free book today!
Other Great Real Estate Books: Honorable Mentions
What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know about Cash Flow… And 36 Other Key Financial Measuresby Frank Gallinelli. This book is about math, and making that math easy. If you don’t understand the principles discussed in this book, you will never be successful in real estate or any business, period. If you want to understand it fully, devour this book and keep it on your shelf. This is definitely not a “check out from the library” sort of book. (Also, read “The Buy and Hold Guys’” interview with Frank Gallinelli here)
Investing in Duplexes, Triplexes, and Quads: The Fastest and Safest Way to Real Estate Wealth by Larry Loftis. This book, as the title suggests, is my favorite book dealing with small multifamily properties. Being one of the first investment books I read, it really opened my eyes to what is possible out there, and caused me to buy my first duplex – which still brings me almost $400 per month in cashflow. I owe that purchase and success to this book. If you are just starting out, I highly recommend this book.
How to Manage Residential Property for Maximum Cash Flow and Resale Value – By John T Reed. This hard-to-find book (he doesn’t sell on Amazon – just on his website) is really like an encyclopedia on managing large multifamily properties. Known for his straight-forward, no-fluff attitude, Reed has thousands and thousands of tips on managing larger properties. I re-read this book at least twice a year and learn new things every time. I have not (yet) read his other real estate books, but if they are anything like this one, they will be amazing.
How to Be a Real Estate Investor – by Phil Pustejovsky. Phil is a great guy and knows his real estate investing inside and out. This book is a really nice overview of the numerous different niches and techniques you can use to make money in real estate investing. Even better – this book is only $.99. That’s less than the cost of a double cheeseburger from McDonalds. Seriously- this is an excellent book if you want to learn exactly how people make money with real estate. Check it out!
***Update – Check out the sequel to this post titled, “Seven MORE Must Read Books for Real Estate Investors” ***
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