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The 19 Best Books To Read To learn About Real Estate Investing

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Real estate investing can seem like a complex, expensive and paperwork filled world that is simply too stressful and time consuming to even consider getting into. If you don’t want to be taken for a ride (and want to make money), you’ll need to arm yourself with both knowledge and experience.

Experience is harder to get without taking the leap and going for it, but you can easily acquireΒ knowledge by reading one or two of these 19 books on real estate investing.

#1 The Turnkey Revolution By Christopher D. Clothier

Chris offers advice and guidance for those who want to invest in real estate but don’t have the time to manage their investments themselves. An excellent primer for those just starting out.

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Contributors: Lori Ames from ThePRFreelancer, Inc.

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#2 Insider’s Guide to Home Buying by Shawn Kunkler

Insider's Guide to Home Buying, San Francisco Edition by Shawn Kunkler, a San Francisco real estate agent who eases his clients through the process of home buying, and helps them set their roots. Perfect for the first-time home buyer, Insider's Guide simplifies the home-buying process by guiding buyers through the process from beginning to end--everything from getting started and how to spot properties, to hiring buyer's agents and negotiating. Β Shawn spotlights warning signs, mistakes to avoid, and how to identify market trends to find the best deals.

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Contributors: Angela Hathaway from Remark Media Relations

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#3 The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller

The book is the most comprehensive guide to real estate investing out there. It shows how to find, analyze, and make money off properties. It also teaches how to leverage properties into an income-generating machine over the long run.

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Contributors: Chad Carson from Coach Carson LLC

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#4 Retire Early With Real Estate by Chad Carson

I'm obviously biased as this book's author. But this is the only real estate book I know of that focuses on real estate as a strategy to retire early (aka reach financial independence). It includes specific techniques in detail, and it also has 25 real-life case studies of investors who've retired early with real estate.

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Contributors: Chad Carson from Coach Carson LLC

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#5 The ABCs of Real Estate Investing by Ken McElroy

I first discovered it during the real estate crisis in 2009. I was forced to rent my condo at a huge monthly loss and I became obsessed with trying to find ways to break even. Ken's book was an incredible resource and inspiration. I was able to go from losing over $13,000 annually to making over $4,000 by applying some of his revenue generating and cost saving examples. It got me hooked on real estate investing and I've been a Buy & Hold investor ever since.

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Contributors: Domenick from AccidentalRental

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#6 The Book on Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner

This book is a great resource for all those looking to make money in real estate through the buy and hold strategy. Brandon Turner offers advice on: how to land great deals on investment properties in competitive housing markets; financing rental properties with even little capital; ways to create positive cash flow, passive income, and wealth with rental properties; how to manage rental properties efficiently and avoid the hassle of being a landlord; and how to take benefit of tax deductions to increase your cash flow and wealth.

A great thing about this book is that all the while it looks at how other real estate investors failed in order to help you avoid their mistakes.

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Contributors: Daniela Andreevska from Mashvisor

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#7 Real Estate Investing Gone Bad By Phil Pustejovsky

I read this book (that came out recently). It was made for those investors that are already in the business doing deals, and want to learn true stories from Phil's experience and other investor's experiences of deals that went bad.

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Contributors: Andres Vasquez from Sell Your House For Cash DMV

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#8 What Every Real Estate Investor Needs To Know About Cash Flow

This book does an excellent job breaking down the basics of each metric in a digestible format, letting one know the things they need to focus on if their intent is to be a successful real estate investor. There is no fluff to this book, it is actually a text book on real estate investing.

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Contributors: Lancelot Cameron from LancelotCameron

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#9 How To Read A Rent Roll by John Wilhoit Jr.

This book WILL tell you exactly how to read a rent roll. Are tenant's actually paying the rent's? Are the leases packed? Where are the security deposits? These are things are often overlooked by investors. If you're an investor about to purchase a property you better know these things and or you could get burned!

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Contributors: Matthew Baltzell from Boardwalkwealth

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#10 Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever by Joe Fairless

Host of the world's longest running daily real estate podcast, Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever show, Joe Fairless has brought all of his advice together to help you on your journey towards seriously investing in real estate. In Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever (Volume Book 1), he and Theo Hicks explain the best practices to help readers to help them cut through the learning curve, understand how to make more money and continually profit from these practices.

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Contributors: Katie McDaniel from Coalition Technologies

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#11 Investing in Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down

One of the biggest obstacles to real estate investing is financing deals. Most new investors (and even experienced ones!) lack the financial resources to regularly purchase property on their own. Without a track record of successful investments, nobody is lining up to lend you money. You need to get creative. This book walks through potential avenues to obtain financing in a way that is easy to understand. A β€œmust read” for investors looking to grow their business.

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Contributors: Earl White from House Heroes

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#12 How to Be a Real Estate Investor by Phil Pustejovsky

This book will provide you with a realistic approach to starting a career in real estate investing and succeeding in it. The author is an experienced and successful real estate investor and coach. This book will also debunk the myths created by other real estate books and seminars which make property investing seem too easy and simple and thus set beginners for failure.

Phil Pustejovsky will teach you about: buying an investment property the traditional way; creative real estate investing; short sales and REO investments; qualifying with top mortgage lenders as a short sale investor; and prospering in a competitive real estate market.

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Contributors: Daniela Andreevska from Mashvisor

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#13 The Book on Flipping Houses by J. Scott

A Book that will covers from start to finish on how to Flip houses at a fast pace with more detailed and in-depth information on flipping houses topic with the inclusion of practical techniques.

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Contributors: Solaraju from Housingman

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#14 Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

While Rich Dad Poor Dad isn’t strictly about real estate, it will change your notions on how money works and what your goals about money should be. Kiyosaki’s understanding of how the world works make it an essential reading for anyone looking to grow their assets into a passive income.

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Contributors: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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#15 Renos to Riches by Ian Szabo

Szabo’s book is primarily about how to effectively renovate a property into a financial winner. It teaches you how to look at a renovation as a long-term investment. The book is designed to help you grow the assets you already own.

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Contributors: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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#16 The Millionaire Mind By Thomas J. Stanley

This book teaches and shares stories of other self-made millionaires and how they got to be a millionaire, it shares their habits, how and in what they spend their money on. Great book if you are looking to start any business or if you already have a running business and you would like to improve.

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Contributors: Andres Vasquez from Sell Your House For Cash DMV

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#17 How I Turned $1,000 Into Five Million in Real Estate in My Spare

This is one of the most famous books written on how to make money in real estate. It is a foundational work that is truly written for the early-stage investor. Not everyone can develop and build mega real estate projects but they can start modestly and early in their investing careers and still make a fortune!

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Contributors: Phil Pirozzi from WeBuyNewYorkHomesFast

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#18 The Real Estate Game by William Poorvu

The book uses a fun and useful framework of real estate investing as a game with rules, rewards and consequences. One of the best parts is that the book helps investors play regardless of the starting hand they are dealt.

Poorvu makes the concepts easy to understand and relatable to anyone who’s ever played a board game. Once you realize that you can make your investing career as a game, it becomes fun and your drive to compete kicks in!

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Contributors: Lincoln Edwards from HoundstoothCashBuyers

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#19 Crushing it in Apartments and Commerical Real Estate

Anyone considering investing the multi-family or commercial sector of real estate will benefit from reading Crushing It. The author gives real-world examples of his trials, struggles, and successes while investing in the commercial real estate sector. The book is well written and the author is open and honest about what a new investor can expect when taking on a new project.

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Contributors: Matthew J. Miller from Stockpile Property Ventures LLC

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