Whether you are just starting out as a real estate investor or are an experienced investor looking to grow your portfolio, education is an essential element for building expertise and refining your strategy.
We’ve chosen some of the best books to help you at every stage of your real estate investing career.
Remember, the key to a successful investment business lies not just in investing strategy but in business operations, systems, and processes as well.
We’ve put together a list of books to help you with all aspects of your real estate investment strategy, management, and oversight.
With authors who are some fo the best real estate executives and investors, finance specialists, and business operations gurus, you’re sure to find the insights you need to add value on your next deal.
1. The Millionaire Real Estate Investor
By: Gary Keller, Dave Jenks, and Jay Papasan
Gary Keller has a talent for writing foundational works that provide detailed strategies and insights into various aspects of the real estate industry.
His investor handbook is a classic and offers insight into evaluating deals, negotiating effectively, developing your team, and leveraging people and processes to build your investment business.
The Millionaire Real Estate Investor offers a combination of theoretical and practical advice designed for every stage of an investor’s timeline, from the first deal to the growth of an established business. With insight and advice from more than 100 millionaire investors, you’ll find the everyday wisdom you need at every point of your investor journey.
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2. Long Distance Real Estate Investing
By: David Greene
For many real estate investors, a buy and hold strategy does not work in their local market. David Greene’s Long-Distance Real Estate Investing: How to Buy, Rehab, and Manage Out-of-State Rental Properties provides the strategies you need to invest in favorable and profitable markets wherever they’re located while managing risk and ensuring oversight.
Greene provides his real-world experience in buying, managing, and flipping projects, often without ever seeing the properties in person. He offers tips on building your management team, identifying stellar markets and properties, and controlling costs on rehabs and renovations.
Find the guidance you need to successfully invest wherever you want from wherever you are.
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3. The Ten-Day MBA
By: Steven Silbiger
While many investors possess great insights and instincts, they may not have the education or experience needed to successfully run a large-scale business operation.
The Ten-Day MBA by Steven Silbiger is a classic work that gathers the latest business and operational insights taught in the best business schools in the country and shares that cutting-edge education with you.
With information on marketing, finance, investment, accounting, and more, you’ll benefit from a holistic understanding of the ins and outs of running a business so that you can successfully scale and grow your investments.
With lessons on leadership, corporate ethics, and more, you’ll ensure you’re making all of the right moves and decisions at every stage of your business’s growth.
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4. What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow
By: Frank Gallineli
If you sometimes feel like real estate investing has its own language, you’re right. This book helps you understand elements like Discounted Cash Flow, Net Present Value, Cap Rate, ROI and more in order to better evaluate and track your investments.
This classic book has been updated with new information and new case studies based on the recent uptick of interest in real estate investment.
What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow offers readers depth, wisdom, and the tools you need to ensure that you are properly evaluating new opportunities and long-term profitability. You’ll find yourself referring back to Columbia University professor Gallineli’s expertise and experience throughout your career as an investor.
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5. One Rental at a Time
By: Michael Zuber
One Rental At A Time: The Journey to Financial Independence through Real Estate is Michael Zuber’s actionable guide to getting started in real estate investing.
Zuber believes that just four properties can make a huge difference in your financial life, so his guide provides the tools you need to begin building a portfolio of any size.
If you’ve been coming up with excuses for why you can’t get started in real estate investing or have had a hard time taking the practical steps you need to put your plans into operation, this book can make a difference.
With an emphasis on coaching vs. criticism, Zuber provides the mentoring you need and the real-world applications that can get you started.
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6. The Book On Rental Property Investing
By: Brandon Turner
Written by real estate investor and co-host of the Bigger Pockets podcast, Brandon Turner, this book is designed to be an exhaustive and complete guide to large-scale real estate investment. It's designed to help new investors launch effectively and to help experienced investors scale their business with the goal of becoming a millionaire real estate investor.
With real-world examples and an emphasis on actionable strategies, this book is geared toward the practical rather than the theoretical. It's suitable for both passive and hands-on investors and provides financial advice from project acquisition through rehab all the way to tax strategies.
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7. Build a Rental Property Empire
By: Mark Ferguson and Lynda Pelissier
With deep roots in the real estate industry, Mark Ferguson has worked as a buy and hold investor, flipper, and real estate broker.
He brings his varied background and experiences into play in Build a Rental Property Empire: The no-nonsense book on finding deals, financing the right way, and managing wisely as he guides investors and potential investors through the industry in order to help you evaluate markets and overcome obstacles.
With real world case studies and practical advice, you’re sure to find insights to help you launch or grow an investment business. With topics ranging from investment property analysis to financing to property management and more, you’ll find up-to-date, real-world advice to help you make good decisions for a variety of real estate investment scenarios.
The latest edition includes a new section on Commercial Real Estate Investment for those looking to move into that space as well.
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8. The Book on Estimating Rehab Costs
By: J. Scott
Whether you are considering diversifying your exit strategies through flipping houses or want to get better at updating and upgrading your buy and hold properties for higher rentals, this guide to evaluating and estimating both the costs and the values of rehabs and renovations is essential reading.
DC-area flipper J. Scott helps you add value and save money through implementing the methods he has developed over the course of hundreds of home renovations.
Through thorough inspections, value assessments, and a list of the 150+ most common renovations you’ll learn how to build and manage your budget in order to ensure that you stay on target throughout the rehab or renovation process. Whether you’re doing a quick cosmetic update or a full-scale renovation, you’ll find the advice and insights you need in this volume.
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9. Raising Private Capital
By: Matt Faircloth
In Raising Private Capital: Building Your Real Estate Empire Using Other People's Money, Matt Faircloth offers financial advice for both new and experienced investors, including sources of private finance, equity deals, and structuring debt. Having completed more than $30 million in transactions involving private capital, Faircloth brings realistic advice to the table.
Faircloth’s advice encompasses not only how to find private capital but how to ensure win-win outcomes for both the investor and the financier, in order to keep that cash flowing.
His financial advice is geared toward long-term investment and wealth-building, with solid, practical steps to help you do more deals through the power of private capital.
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10. The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing: The Secrets of Finding Hidden Profits Most Investors Miss
By: Ken McElroy
We asked Domenick Tiziano, founder of Accidental Rental what book he’d recommend, and he had nothing but glowing things to say about Ken McElroy’s classic, The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing.
“If you are thinking about investing in rentals, there is no better book out there in my opinion. Ken shows you not only the right way to value a property, but also how to manage it for maximum profit.
I was struggling as a first-time landlord and losing thousands every year on an unprofitable rental. Ken's book gave me the inspiration and know-how to turn my rental money pit into a cash-flow positive investment.
If you study his methods and follow his advice, you will profit from this book!”
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