Reading Up on Some Buzzworthy Real Estate Books

15 August 2018
Joshua Chisvin

No matter who you are, self-education should be a top priority.  After all, a self-educated individual can aim to learn a little bit about everything, or they can work hard toward mastering a single subject. What’s more, anyone can benefit from continuing to strive for a well-rounded self-education. As far as I’m concerned, this rings especially true if you run your own business.

On that note, I'd like to share some of my most effective self-educational resources with you, at least as they pertain to an enlightened view of the housing market.

So whether you’re looking to buy, finance, sell or rent residential real estate, here are some of the best and most buzzworthy real estate books out there — and why I think they deserve your attention!

THE BOOK ON FLIPPING HOUSES: HOW TO BUY, REHAB AND RESELL RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES

I appreciate the way the mind of author J. Scott’s works. Not only is he systematic, but thorough. What’s more, he gets both the big picture and the details. Trust me, that’s rare! The result? A comprehensive guide to the flipping business.

THE BOOK ON INVESTING REAL ESTATE WITH NO (AND LOW) MONEY DOWN: REAL LIFE STRATEGIES FOR INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE USING OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY

I enjoy how thorough and detailed author Brandon Turner is in his coverage of the non-traditional tools you can use to finance your real estate purchases. To be certain, this book isn’t about getting rich quickly with tricks, nor earning something for nothing. Rather, it gives you a full toolbox of financing techniques.

BUILDING WEALTH ONE HOUSE AT A TIME: MAKING IT BIG ON LITTLE DEALS

I consider author John Schaub to be the Warren Buffett of real estate investing. His advice is down to earth, and has served him well over four decades as a landlord, house flipper and lender. This book is all about the fundamentals. Schaub covers an overall strategy for achieving financial independence with residential real estate, before getting into finding, financing, renting and selling properties.

HOW TO MANAGE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY FOR MAXIMUM CASH FLOW AND RESALE VALUE

Author John T. Reed’s formerly hard-to-find book basically reads like an encyclopedia on managing large multi-family properties. To that end, it offers thousands upon thousands of tips. While I admittedly haven’t read any of Schaub’s other work on real estate, if they are anything like this, I’m sold!

INVESTING IN DUPLEXES, TRIPLEXES AND QUADS: THE FASTEST WAY TO REAL ESTATE WEALTH

As the title of this book by author Larry Loftis suggests, it deals with small multi-family properties. This one truly opened my eyes in regards to what’s possible out there. If you’re just starting out with real estate investing, I can’t recommend this one more enthusiastically.

LANDLORDING ON AUTOPILOT: A SIMPLE, NO-BRAINER SYSTEM FOR HIGHER PROFITS AND FEWER HEADACHES

I think the author Mike Butler is a funny guy, which makes it entertaining to read all his great property and business management ideas and systems. Sure, there are many different approaches to property management, but Mike employs one particular style — a strategy geared more towards single family houses and hands-off self-management. Great mix of practical, nitty-gritty details here, and also general big-picture strategies for investing success.

RICH DAD, POOR DAD: WHAT THE RICH TEACH THEIR KIDS ABOUT MONEY — THAT THE POOR AND THE MIDDLE CLASS DO NOT!

From author Robert Kiyosaki, this book is classic among investors. It contains an unbelievable amount of thought-provoking content, which is intended to open our minds to the potential of letting our money earn money, rather than our time. Simply put, Kiyosaki does an amazing job of putting what I had been feeling for so long time words.

WHAT EVERY REAL ESTATE INVESTOR NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT CASH FLOW... AND 36 OTHER KEY FINANCIAL MEASURES

This book is about math and making that math easy. If you can’t comprehend the principles discussed by author Frank Gallinelli, you’ll probably never be successful in real estate. Or any business, for that matter!

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