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The 7 Best Real Estate Investing Books Every Investor Needs to Read

Real Estate Investing Books

One thing we love about investing in real estate is that you don’t need a degree in real estate to play the game. You do, however, need knowledge. And the best knowledge comes from books written by people who have already played and know the rules of the game.

With thousands of real estate investing books out there, it can be hard to figure out where to start. We did the research so you don’t have to-- we've read 100+ real estate and investing books. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.

1. What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow... And 36 Other Key Financial Measures

Real Estate Investing Books

We recommend this book to anyone just starting out in real estate investing. Think of it as the ‘REI Book for Dummies’. It breaks down the different types of investment returns, deal analysis, and different debt calculations.

2. The Millionaire Real Estate Investor

Real Estate Investing Books

This book teaches the entrepreneurial side of real estate investing- in other words how to ‘talk the talk’ and ‘walk the walk’. Keller guides you through how to prioritize your time, network, and prospect for leads.

3. The E-Myth Real Estate Investor: Why Most Real Estate Investment Businesses Don’t Work And What to Do About it

Real Estate Investing Books

Once you’ve conquered a few small deals on your own and are ready to branch out to outside capital, read this real estate investing book. Gerber provides a roadmap for how to structure your firm to ensure accountability, profit, and scale. Think of this as the official guidebook for how to build a successful real estate investment firm.

4. 40 Ways to Increase The Net Income of Your Rental Property

Real Estate Investing Books

If the only way you generate profit is through rental income, you could be losing out on thousands of dollars of potential revenue. Williamson lays out 40 creative alternatives to maximize profit--from advertisement services to growing timber, this book can help you create auxiliary income.

5. Best in Asset Class: How to Manage Your Multifamily Asset, Avoid Mistakes, and Build Wealth through Real Estate

Real Estate Investing Books

The key to managing multifamily is being proactive, not reactive. This real estate investing book offers you a roadmap to becoming a proactive operator with insight on asset management, team building, budgeting, and more. Chapter 8 dives into the main Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that you should be tracking to maintain control over your asset.

6. How to Take an Apartment Building from Money Pit to Money Maker

Real Estate Investing Books

Risk management is vital to the success of an investment. In order to successfully mitigate risk, you have to know what exactly you’re up against. This real estate investing book highlights the major risks associated with operating properties and guides you through the process to develop plans and safeguards to protect yourself, the asset, and your investors.

7. The Due Diligence Handbook for Commerical Real Estate: A Proven System To Save Time, Money, Headaches And Create Value When Buying Commerical Real Estate

Real Estate Investing Books

Not knowing how to properly perform due diligence on a property can make or break an investment- and your reputation. This real estate investing book teaches you the questions to ask, issues to look for, and hidden problems to uncover before it’s too late.

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