The Top 12 Business and Real Estate Books as Recommended By BiggerPockets Podcast Guests

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I love reading and am always on the lookout for the next book to add to my library.  This is one of the reasons that I love the weekly BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast.  For those who have not listened to it, Josh and Brandon end every show with 4 questions, 2 of which are book recommendations.

After listening to all 39 podcasts, here is the list of the top 10 business and real estate books according to the collective suggestions of the interviewees.

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1. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Rich Dad Poor Dad
The granddaddy of them all!  This book is mentioned on nearly half of all podcasts and is personally one of my favorites.  Robert Kiyosaki describes the his 2 dads, his real father and his friend’s father, and how they look at money.  This book completely changed my outlook on money and investing and is the basis for my real estate business.

Click to get “Rich Dad Poor Dad” on Amazon.


2. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

E-Myth Revisited
Another one of my favorite books.  Michael Gerber explains why most small businesses fail.  He discussed how most “entrepreneurs” work in their business instead of on their business.  He describes how to create systems in your business so that you can remove yourself from the day-to-day activities.

Click to get “The E-Myth Revisited” on Amazon.


3. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

4-Hour Workweek
This book has been on my list for a while, but it wasn’t until Brandon kept bringing it up that I dedicated to move it up on my list.  Tim Ferris describes strategies for reducing your involvement in your life and allowing you to live the life you want.  He talks a lot about lifestyle design and how to live the life that you want now, not 45 years from now when you finally retire.

Click to get “The Four Hour Workweek” on Amazon.


4. The Book on Flipping Houses: How to Buy, Rehab, and Resell Residential Properties

The Book On Flipping Houses
This is the first book on the list that I have not read, but I am ordering this week.  A quick visit to J. Scott’s website will show you why the $49 investment in these real estate books are worth it.  Many books on flipping discuss it at a high level, and who knows if the authors have ever even done a flip.  J posts each of his deals on his website so you know he knows what he is talking about.  For anyone interesting in flipping, learning from an experienced flipper will save you thousands if not tens of thousands.

Click to get “The Book on Flipping Houses” on BiggerPockets.

5. Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich
Another one of my favorite books.  This book was originally published in 1937 and has withstood the test of time.  Napoleon Hill interviewed some of the richest and most successful people of the time to understand the core steps and principles of success.

Click to get “Think and Grow Rich” on Amazon.

6. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

The Total Money Makeover
Many people unfortunately find themselves in a less than ideal financial situation at some point in their life, which is why many turn to real estate as a way out.  Although real estate is a great avenue to accumulate wealth, it won’t help if you don’t understand how to manage your personal finances.  David Ramsey offers practical advice for how to become financially fit.

Click to get “The Total Money Makeover” on Amazon.

7. How I Turned $1,000 into Three Million in Real Estate in My Spare Time

How I Turned $1,000 into Three Million in Real Estate in My Spare Time
Here is another one that I have yet to read.  When I searched for it on Amazon, the image of the book shown was obviously decades old, with the book jacket severely torn and tattered.  This is usually a sign of a fantastic book (my best books are worn, dog-eared, highlighted and flagged).  A quick look at Amazon reviews seems to confirm this.  Who doesn’t want to turn $1,000 into $3,000,000?  And that was in 1959 dollars!

Click to get “How I Turner $1000 into Three Million” on Amazon!

8. The Book on Estimating Rehab Costs: The Investor’s Guide to Defining Your Renovation Plan, Building Your Budget and Knowing Exactly How Much It All Costs

The Book on Estimating Rehab Costs
It’s pretty impressive to make the top 10 list of real estate books recommended by real people on BiggerPockets.  Even more impressive is making it twice.  Estimating rehab costs is arguably one of the most difficult aspects of real estate investing,  J Scott breaks the process down and provides advice on all aspects of the process.

Click to get “The Book on Estimating Rehab Costs” on BiggerPockets.


9. The Millionaire Real Estate Investor

The Millionaire Real Estate Investor
This is another one that I have heard about forever but have not yet read.  In a recent discussion with another local investor, he said this was the book that allowed him to understand the scale of real estate investing beyond just being a landlord.  I had to spend $500 (and eventually $15,000) to learn this.

Click to get “The Millionaire Real Estate Investor” on Amazon.


10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This book is one of the ones that I go back to reading every few years.  Truly becoming effective usually means making a paradigm shift from how we look at things.  Steven Covey describes the 7 habits to personal and interpersonal effectiveness.

Free Bonus! These last two books tied with #10, so we will expand the list to 12.

Click to “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” on Amazon.


11. Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom

Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant- Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom
A sequel to Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki expands on the concepts of the cashflow quadrants.  In many ideas that are similar to the E-Myth, he describes the employee, self-employed, business owner and investor roles and why you want to move from the left to the right.

Click to get “Cashflow Quadrant” on Amazon.



12. The ABCs of Real Estate Investing: The Secrets of Finding Hidden Profits Most Investors Miss

The ABCs of Real Estate Investing
I also have not read this book.  From checking out reviews on Amazon, it sounds like this book has some practical information, unlike many of the other Rich Dad books which are all just theory.

(Note from the Editor: If you have any interest in multifamily properties – do not miss this book. It’s my favorite on the subject! -Brandon)

Click to get “The ABCs of Real Estate Investing” on Amazon.

Have you read any of the these books?  What are your favorites?
Related: BiggerPockets Presents : The Best Real Estate Books Ever

Photo: Jody Sticca

About Author

Tom Sylvester

Tom is a serial entrepreneur and real estate investor from Rochester, NY. His real estate investments primarily target multi-unit properties. Along with his wife Ariana, they run a blog called Entreprenewlyweds, which helps couples understand how to manage being real estate investors/entrepreneurs while also maintaining a great relationship and family life.


  1. Here’s an idea: buy multiple copies of book #6 using the link from Bigger Pockets. Give each copy to one of your tenants as a gift (Thanksgiving, Christmas, whatever).

    Win – Bigger Pockets for the commission received.
    Win – you for giving a gift to your tenants which helps with tenant retention.
    Win – tenants, when they improve their financial future and have less issues paying you in the future.

    (We can only hope on the last one.)

    • Dawn,
      I really like this idea. I can imagine my tenants finding this book on their doorstep, opening it, and thinking that I really care about them. The Law of Reprocity would have to kick in! I’ll let you know how it goes.

      Thanks for the idea Sis!

    • Tom Sylvester

      I agree. I really like that there is a mix of topics, some include mindset (ex. Rich Dad Poor Dad, Think and Grow Rich), some include how to systematize your business (ex. E-Myth, 4 Hour Workweek), some are hands on real estate (ex. J. Scott’s books) and some are personal finance (The Total Money Makeover).

  2. #7 show the picture of the reprint of the $1million dollar book but the narrative talks about the $3 million book, but they are both wrong.

    My #2 favorite of all time is “How I Turned $1,000 into FIVE million”, by William Nickerson

  3. Tom,

    Whoops! I forgot to mention a couple I just read & recommend:

    1.) “Choose Yourself” by James Altucher. Check out his, “Simple Daily Practice”.

    2.) “The Book on Flipping Houses” by J Scott. Best Flipping book I’ve read. Published by and available on BiggerPockets! (Now starting to read his, “The Book on Estimating Rehab Costs”, also available on BP.)

    Good Investing, Greg

    • Tom Sylvester

      @Jessica – I just ordered that one (with about 5 others) from listening to the podcasts and writing this post. What is interesting is that there was a total of 66 different books that were mentioned by the podcast guests. Although some clearly stood out (the ones in this list), it was pretty awesome to see the wide array of books mentioned. Below are the rest of the books.

      Fixing and Flipping Real Estate: Strategies for the Post-Boom Era
      The Intelligent Investor – by Benjamin Graham
      The Snowball: Warrent Buffet and the Business of Life
      “Essential Handbook for Buying a Home” by Karen
      “Essential Handbook for Selling a Home” by Karen
      “Essential Handbook for Landlords” by Karen
      “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker
      Real Leaders Don’t Do PowerPoint
      Art of the Deal – Donald Trump
      Art of the Comeback 
      The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine 
      Mastering Real Estate Investment: Examples, Metrics And Case Studies 
      What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow… And 36 Other Key Financial Measures
      Insider Secrets to Financing Your Real Estate Investments: What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Finding and Financing Your Next Deal
      10 Commandments for Real Estate Investors 
      Money Academy for Couples
      The BiggerPockets Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Investing
      How to Win at the Sport of Business 
      The 36 Hour Real Estate Investing Course
      Serious Creativity
      Real Estate Investments and How to Make Them
      The Complete Guide to Real Estate Finance for Investors 
      Getting Things Done
      Success Principles
      Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogers
      The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
      Inspecting a House (For Pros By Pros) 
      The Basic Steps in Real Estate Exchanging 
      Flipping Houses Exposed
      Atlas Shrugged 
      If You Give a Mouse a Cookie 
      First Things First
      How to Win Friends and Influence People
      Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
      How to Be a Deed Grabber
      Make it Big
      Missed Fortune 101 
      Mastering the Rockefeller Habits 
      The Section 8 Bible
      Investing in Real Estate
      On China
      Good to Great
      Trump Style Negotiation
      Real Estate Finance and Investment Manual
      Crush It
      From 0 to 130 Properties in 3.5 Years 
      Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got
      FLIP: How to Find, Fix, and Sell Houses for Profit 
      Necessary Endings

  4. I have and read 4 of the list. I would also highly recommend “Richest Man in Babylon”, “Own your own Corporation”, “Tax-Free wealth”, “ABC of Property Management”.

  5. Great list. Always love hearing about titles that have helped people and I wasn’t aware of. I found a few in your list for my Amazon wish list (which is currently standing at 85 books deep!).

    Too many good books and thoughts and not enough time to read them all. I was watching a show and the plot involved a guy who was framed and went to prison. The first thought that popped in my head was “Wow, what a great opportunity to catch up on all that reading!” LOL

    • Tom Sylvester

      haha, that is what I have always thought as well! “All I need to do is go to prison for a few years and I can catch up on my reading”. My “Books to Read” list is currently at 190 on Amazon…

      I wrote a blog post a few months ago called “Why Books Are Better Than College”. It was interesting in the fact that I could buy 30 books a year for $750 as compared to a year of college tuition at $29,990 – $14,690 a year.

  6. Michele Fischer on

    Thanks so much for compiling this! Loved seeing the entire list and the top picks.

    I got the Section 8 Bible after Dawn’s podcast, and it is hilarious. And so wise. Some new tenants look at us funny when we say we don’t provide closet doors, but we learned that one early on.

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