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Real Estate Books: What You Should (and Should Not) Read

Updated: Mar 4, 2021

Investing in real estate does not have to be a part of your personal finance journey, but I think it should be. There are so many ways - both passive and active - that you can invest in real estate. If you're interested in learning more, check out these books. Note that this list is BiggerPockets-heavy.

Recommendation Scale:

  1. Don’t waste your time reading this book (Bad)

  2. Probably not worth reading (Not good)

  3. You’ll get some good takeaways (OK)

  4. This is a good book and I recommend it (Good)

  5. Make time to read this book (Amazing)

  • The Book on Rental Property Investing: If you’d like to own rental properties to generate wealth, you should read this book. Overall rating: 5

  • The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down: Brandon Turner gives the reader a wonderful overview on a bunch of different ways to get into real estate without a lot of money. I learned a lot when I read this book and I’ve even used it as a reference. 5

  • The Book on Managing Rental Properties: How to Create Wealth and Passive Income Through Intelligent Buy & Hold Real Estate Investing!: If you want to own AND manage rental properties, you should read this book. When I rented out my first place, I read this to learn about it. What I learned was: I want a property manager (which we now have). 4

  • The Book on Tax Strategies for the Savvy Real Estate Investor: Powerful techniques anyone can use to deduct more, invest smarter, and pay far less to the IRS!: If you’ve taken the time and made the effort to invest in real estate, then you need to take a few more hours and spend a few more bucks to take advantage of the tax system by buying and reading this book. Don’t worry! It’s short and very easy to understand. 5

  • What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow: I’d only suggest reading this book if you’re a numbers nerd and really want to understand how to value a property. Turns out, I’m not that nerdy. 3

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with my ratings? Disagree?

My Reading List: On My Shelf

  • The Millionaire Real Estate Investor

  • The Intelligent REIT Investor

  • Too Big to Fail

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