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The Ultimate List of Real Estate Investing Books

August 10, 2015

Investing in real estate is a hot topic –and for good reason.

Everywhere you look there’s someone investing in real estate –buying properties, flipping houses, or renting them out. Even more exciting are the success stories: those who are actually making money in the process.

While real estate investing isn’t a cake walk or a fast track to guaranteed profit, success is possible. Don’t feel like real estate investing is some far off distant fantasy that only belongs to a fortunate few, the fact that it’s been done by others is proof that you can do it too. Taking the time to understand the principles of investing and learning from what others have done will get you off to an excellent start.

Regardless of where you are on the investing spectrum, there are books available to help you. Here is a rundown on some of the most helpful books out there to get you started, and help you through your real estate investing adventure.

The Unofficial Guide to Real Estate Investing

The Unofficial Guide to Real Estate Investing uncovers the secrets to investing success –one property at a time. The authors are both real estate brokers, so you’ll get first-hand information straight from the source as they illustrate concepts from researching and valuing properties, to managing tenants. In short, this book is a great purchase for those who are looking to invest!

Real Estate Investing for Dummies

You don’t have to be a dummy to check this book out. In fact, many people who read the “Dummies” series aren’t dummies –just normal people trying to understand complex information in a simple way. The Real Estate Investing for Dummies book is a resource for those just starting out with real estate without any previous experience. The Dummies series also offers other great titles such as Commercial Real Estate Investing for Dummies and Flipping Houses for Dummies.

The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing

From the ever-popular Rich Dad’s series, The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing is a book that real estate investors can’t afford to pass up. This book provides a wealth of information for beginners and experts alike, covering the basics, and offering real-world examples on how to invest to make money. Don’t forget to check out other titles in the Rich Dad’s series, including: Rich Dad’s Advisors: The Advanced Guide to Real Estate Investing –that will teach you how to think and operate like a real estate mogul.

The Real Book of Real Estate Investing

If you are looking for real life examples of real estate investments, be sure to check out: The Real Book of Real Estate Investing –a compilation of case studies from over twenty major real estate investors and advisors. This book is designed to provide you with the best information possible, from first-hand accounts, and help you advance to the next level of real estate investing.

The Millionaire Real Estate Investor

Who wants to be a millionaire? Most of us, probably! While not considered a “how-to” book –The Millionaire Real Estate Investor is a goldmine of information on how to invest in property, and more specifically, how to build wealth. This book is easy to understand and offers sound advice on real estate investing.

Hold: How to Find, Buy, and Rent Houses for Wealth

How to Find, Buy, and Rent Houses for Wealth is an informational read, compiled by a group of real estate experts who worked together to create this rental property success handbook. Offering clear and simple advice for getting started in real estate investing, this book will show you how to find a property, tenants, and financing. It also includes downloadable templates and forms.

Retire Rich With Rentals…So You Don’t Have to Work Forever

In Retire Rich With Rentals, professional real estate investor Kathy Fettke shows how to fund your retirement on income earned through real estate. It’s an easy-to-read book that offers a set of reliable investing principles. Kathy also shares some of her worst real estate mistakes, as a warning to others. If you’re interested in real estate investing as a means of generating long-term cash flow, this book is worth a read.

If you’re interested in real estate, these books are a great place to start. But even if you’re a seasoned investor, you may still enjoy hearing accounts from others who have made their fortunes through real estate, and reading about what worked for them. Grab up a few titles, and use them to bulk up your summer reading list. You’ll be glad to have a few educational materials mixed in alongside the lighter reads!

Which real estate or investing books do you recommend? Share your recommendations!

Photo Credit: Jay Mantri