Real Estate Investing Basics

10 Absolute Must-Read Real Estate Books for Beginning Investors (Updated for 2020!)

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Editor’s Note: We are republishing this article after updating it to reflect the best reads for newbies as of March 2020. While many of the books listed here have not changed (they stand the test of time), we’ve added a few books that have been released since this post was originally published in 2013. Leave your suggestions in the comments below; we’ll be updating this post yearly!

At one time, even I was a brand new real estate investor. I had just graduated from college with a biology degree, and I decided to jump into the world of real estate entrepreneurship full-time.

Looking back, it was sort of a crazy move. But I wanted a challenge and freedom more than I wanted the security and comfort of a steady job. I’m very glad now that I made that decision.

Unfortunately, when I began I had zero experience in business or finance. I had cleaned and painted a few rentals for a family member during middle school, but that was the extent of my real estate experience. I had never even owned my own home before attempting to buy my first investment property. So, if you think you know nothing about real estate as a beginner, try that!

Self-education was obviously a big priority during my early investing career. Some of the early education I received was great, but just as much of it was a distraction or a waste of time that slowed down my progress.

So, the purpose of this article is to give advice to my beginner self. What follows are the seven books I would recommend to myself if I could go back in time before I began my career in the trenches of full-time buying, financing, selling, and renting residential real estate. Enjoy!

7 Topics Beginners (and All Investors) Need to Study

OK, rookie. You have a long road ahead of you. In addition to a whole lot of hustle, knowledge will be your key competitive advantage.

While you should stay humble and realize there will always be more to learn, don’t underestimate the power of intense, focused study for a short period of time. If you will commit to daily, real-world learning plus deliberate study of the topics I share below, you can educate yourself better than 90 percent of real estate investors in just the next 12 months.

Here are the seven real estate topics I recommend you focus on during your early education:

  • General principles and strategies
  • Financing
  • Deal analysis
  • Rehab and construction estimating
  • Finding and negotiating deals
  • Property management
  • Legal and contracts

These are your educational building blocks. Look at these as the “101 courses” in your self-education as a real estate investor. The books you read, the experienced investors you meet, and the mistakes you make will all be your teachers.

So take good notes!

The 10 Best Real Estate Investing Books in 2020

Everything is free on the internet these days, right? So why read books?

Well, you should spend a lot of time on sites like BiggerPockets, beginning with their free Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Investing. You should interact in the Forums to ask questions. You should get as much information for free on the internet as you can.

But I like books because they are a way to focus your education without distraction. Reading a book is a much different educational experience than the constant beeping, pop-ups, and eye candy you’ll be distracted with while on your mobile device or computer.

Related: 5 Powerful Books That Changed the Direction of My Life

I still love physically holding a book, circling and underlining big ideas with my pen, and then making notes in the margins (although I’ve also started doing this with e-books on my tablet).

I also love the “conversation” you have with an author of a book. It’s like they’re your personal teacher. I even find that just walking by and noticing a physical book on my shelf brings back ideas and reminds me of the tips that author gave me in the past.

So if you’re on board with using books as a key part of your education, take note of these must-reads, add them to your Amazon (or BiggerPockets) cart, and start working through them!

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1. Building Wealth One House at a Time by John Schaub

Topics Covered

  • General principles and strategies
  • Financing
  • Deal analysis (the basics)
  • Finding and negotiating deals
  • Property management (the basics)
  • Legal and contracts (the basics for leases, options, and purchase contracts)

What I Like About This Book

John Schaub was one of the original teachers I learned from, both with his book and with other sources, like his newsletter and in-person classes. I consider John the Warren Buffett of real estate investing. His advice is down to earth, solid, and it’s worked for over four decades in his business as a landlord, house flipper, and lender.

I often hear people complain that some investing books can be too basic. I find those same people often ignore fundamentals while searching for glitzy, more complicated concepts that supposedly are better.

This book is all about the fundamentals. He covers an overall strategy for achieving financial independence with residential real estate, and he also gets into finding, financing, renting, and selling properties.

The main idea of the book is that you can build a fortune and do everything you want in life by investing in little real estate deals like single family houses and small multi-units. I have taken this advice to heart, and I agree wholeheartedly with it.

Key Takeaways From the Book

  • Buying one house at a time can make you wealthy
  • Houses are your best investment
  • The right rental properties attract long-term tenants
  • Buy houses without borrowing from banks
  • Sell houses using lease options for maximum profit
  • A plan to get properties free and clear of debt

Caveats

John spends some time talking about appreciation of real estate and how it can make you rich. I would be careful depending upon appreciation as part of your real estate evaluation. Appreciation is uncertain and difficult to predict or depend upon.

A more conservative plan is to make enough money using other methods John talks about, like cash flow and amortization of loans. Appreciation may come, but your deal should work without it.

2. The Book on Investing in Real Estate With No (and Low) Money Down by Brandon Turner

Topics Covered

  • Financing
  • Deal analysis
  • Legal and contracts (just the basics of notes, mortgages, and leases)

What I Like About This Book

I like that Brandon, cohost of the BiggerPockets Podcast, is very thorough and detailed in his coverage of the non-traditional tools you can use to finance your real estate purchases. I also like that he practices what he preaches, as in he has used most of these tools himself to create a great portfolio of real estate.

The title includes “no money down,” which might understandably be a turn-off. But realize that the book is not about getting rich quickly with tricks or getting something for nothing. The book simply gives you a full toolbox of financing techniques that you can use to buy real estate.

Related: The Practical, 3-Step Way to Get Started in Real Estate With No Money

You can always use more conventional strategies like going to the bank, putting 30 percent down, and getting a conventional loan if you want to (or if you can). But do yourself a favor and learn how to make money without traditional money, and the rest of this real estate game will be a lot easier.

Key Takeaways From the Book

  • Begin investing with owner-occupied properties
  • Creative strategies = tools in a toolbox
  • The “elevator pitch” for private lenders
  • A laundry list of creative financing techniques and strategies with explanations

Caveats

Brandon admits as much, but this book is only the beginning of your study of financing techniques. To actually execute them will require local help with the legal and contract part of the techniques. But the knowledge of how and why are the important foundations you’ll get in this book.

3. What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow by Frank Gallinelli

Topics Covered

  • General principles and strategies
  • Financing
  • Deal analysis (the basics)

What I Like About This Book

This book is all about the numbers, which is perfect for a real estate nerd like me. Success in real estate always comes back to the numbers. But amazingly, so many so-called investors don’t know how to do them correctly.

This book is a guide to both the big picture concepts of deal analysis and the nitty gritty formulas. It covers in great detail, along with examples, just about every analysis tool I can think of. Beginners can use it to learn, and any investor of any experience level should keep it on their bookshelf as a reference and refresher.

I also like that he includes free Excel spreadsheets that let you get “under the hood” and see how the formulas in the book actually work.

Key Takeaways From the Book

  • 4 ways to make money in real estate
  • Become a financial detective before you buy (uncover the REAL data)
  • Use math, not emotion, to make financial decisions
  • 37 calculations every real estate investor needs to know
  • Multiple methods to calculate return on a real estate investment

Caveats

The strength of this book is the thoroughness of the content. That is also its weakness. I think the challenge will be, especially for beginners, not to get overwhelmed or intimidated by so many formulas and ways to analyze a deal.

Getting started successfully as an entrepreneur (real estate is a business, after all) is about math, but it’s also about psychology, momentum, and consistency. Fear of failure or analysis paralysis can kill your dream as a beginner investor.

So, my recommendation is to pick the gold nuggets from this book and learn the essential, basic formulas. Go get in motion, make offers on deals, and continue coming back to this excellent resource over time as you grow.

4. The Book on Flipping Houses by J Scott

Topics Covered

  • General principles and strategies
  • Financing
  • Deal analysis (for flips)
  • Finding and negotiating deals
  • Systems and processes for a house flipping business (EXCELLENT!)

What I Like About This Book

I like the way the author J Scott’s mind works. Cohost of the BiggerPockets Business Podcast, he is systematic, he is thorough, and he gets both the big picture AND the details. That’s rare!

As a result, what you get in this book is a comprehensive guide to the house flipping business. You won’t have to search around in other places to get all the parts he left out (except his other book on estimating rehabs, which is the next book I recommend).

In addition to content you’d expect on a book about flipping, I like that J gets into the nuances of analyzing and choosing a target market. This is such a fundamental step that many novices miss. J gives you some really good insight that you can use to analyze the potential in your own market for flips or to analyze future markets you may venture into. I used J’s methods in my own market and was amazed what I found out (after 10 years already investing there!).

Key Takeaways From the Book

  • Get your financing in order first
  • Find and analyze a farm area (or areas) for your flip business
  • Distressed properties: what, why, and how
  • List of sources of good deals
  • The 100 house rule
  • Project scope of work and schedule (I use J’s tools on this weekly)
  • Staging houses to sell: what, why, and how

Caveats

This is a great book. There’s not a lot I could find wrong, other than to point out that different markets have different styles of flipping based upon the housing stock. A lot of the backdrop for this book was J’s investment business in suburban Atlanta, with its 1980s, mini-mansion style houses. A lot of the examples were based upon that model.

The same principles can obviously be applied to in-town rehab of older homes and even to in-fill-lot new construction. Check out J’s free ebook on BiggerPockets to see how he’s applied the principles in this book to the new construction niche.

5. The Book on Estimating Rehab Costs by J Scott

Topics Covered

  • Rehab and construction estimating

What I Like About This Book

Just like his companion book on flipping houses, this book is systematic and thorough. It flows well, it all fits together, and you can take the concepts and apply them successfully right away.

I had a pretty good system of deal analysis before I read his book, but I liked the way J Scott sectioned the rehab of the house into 25 components. I bought the full package which gave me a checklist/spreadsheet with all of those components, and it makes the estimating of the total cost much more accurate. I use it just about every week.

Related: The Simple Step-by-Step Guide for Rehabbing Your First Rental

Missing just one or two repairs can make a big difference in your flipping or rental profits over time, so using a system like J’s is critical. Why reinvent the wheel? J wrote the book. Just copy him!

Key Takeaways From the Book

  • 25 renovation components
  • A list of factors that impact rehab costs
  • How to pay contractors for a job

Caveats

Like my comment in J’s other book, just keep in mind his examples are from single-family houses in a suburban setting. The principles still work in other settings, like multifamilies in urban areas, but you may need to make some tweaks here and there.

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6. Every Landlord’s Legal Guide by Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner, & Janet Portman

Topics Covered

  • Property management
  • Legal and contracts

What I Like About This Book

This book is a detailed reference manual specifically for all the legal issues landlords face. It is the most recent addition to my library out of the seven recommendations, but I wish I had it from the beginning.

I like that the book is extremely comprehensive. It covers all of the normal sticky landlord legal issues like rejecting applicants, handling security deposits, and evicting tenants, but it also addresses other issues like potential liability for your property manager’s acts and how to handle subletting requests.

I also like that the book has a downloadable library of forms. I don’t necessarily use all of them, but I take ideas from each as I’m having my own checklists, leases, and other contracts created.

Key Takeaways From the Book

  • Lease terminations and evictions: what, why, and how
  • How to hire a lawyer and do legal research
  • How to solve disputes without a lawyer
  • Returning security deposits and other move-out issues
  • Potential landlord liability: the potential sources (like tenant injuries, health hazards, criminal activity, etc.) and how to address them
  • Delegating (legally) responsibilities to tenants
  • State-by-state landlord-tenant law charts (to highlight similarities and differences)

Caveats

I basically look at this book as my cheat sheet or place to start for any legal questions about rental contracts, evictions, changing a lease, or other issues that may come up. It does not replace a good attorney on your team. But a resource like this is very helpful even when you hire an attorney because I’ve found that you must have some basic knowledge before you can even ask the right questions to an attorney or another expert. So this book helps with that.

7. Landlording on Autopilot by Mike Butler

Topics Covered

  • General principles and strategies
  • Property management
  • Legal and contracts

What I Like About This Book

The author Mike Butler is a funny guy, and he also provides a lot of great property and business management ideas and systems in this book. There are a lot of different approaches to property management, and Mike has one particular style. His strategy is geared more towards single-family houses and hands-off self-management.

You may not choose to adopt every single method he suggests, but I think it’s one of the best books for its mix of practical, nitty-gritty details of management systems, funny and eye-popping stories, and also general big-picture strategy for investing success.

Key Takeaways From the Book

  • Virtual offices and management systems (like online payment, answering services, websites, etc.)
  • The “rent talk”: a thorough, step-by-step meeting to train tenant before signing lease
  • Treat tenants like “employees” (because they have a job to do)
  • All-star program incentives to encourage tenants to stay longer
  • New tenant welcome package and goody bag
  • Tenant move-out checklist and package
  • Key and lock system
  • List of fees for items broken or not done when tenant moves out
  • Landlord toolbox: a list of everything you need to run landlording business

Caveats

I was a bit skeptical after reading chapter one because Mike began with the idea of using “conservative” 5 percent appreciation rates in his town to build a large net worth. Perhaps Mike did experience 5 percent appreciation every year on his properties, but on a national scale, house appreciation tends to be the same as inflation (about 3 percent over the long run).

But be very careful counting on any specific appreciation rates as part of your-wealth building plan. Doing this can be dangerous because it takes your focus away from the investment fundamentals you can control, like cash flow and loan amortization. Appreciation for me is a bonus that I’ll happily profit from when it comes, but I don’t calculate it up front.

To Mike’s credit, he did follow in the rest of the book talking mostly about cash flow, tax benefits, and great management systems.

8. The Book on Rental Property Investing by Brandon Turner

Topics Covered

  • General principles and strategies
  • Financing
  • Deal analysis
  • Finding and negotiating deals
  • Property management (the basics—more covered in the companion book The Book on Managing Rental Properties)
  • Legal and contracts (the basics—again, for more comprehensive coverage, check out The Book on Managing Rental Properties)

What I Like About This Book

If you’re looking to build wealth through rental properties, this book is your comprehensive resource. I like that this book gives practical advice, including personal anecdotes from Brandon on mistakes to avoid, real-life examples, and actionable pieces of advice you can immediately apply to your own investing plan.

After reading this book, you’ll feel much more confident making your first (or next) investing move, knowing mistakes to avoid, creative tips for finding great deals in any market, options for financing rental properties, and the ins and outs of DIY property management vs. hiring it out.

Key Takeaways From the Book

  • Why most new investors fail (and how to avoid the same fate)
  • How to find deals, even in competitive markets
  • How to finance your next rental property (including by using other people’s money)
  • Advice on reducing (or eliminating) taxes as a part of your investment strategy

Caveats

To truly understand the ins and outs of rental properties as an investment, you’ll want to check out The Book on Managing Rental Properties alongside this read. The Book on Managing Rental Properties will help ensure your great deal isn’t sabotaged by tenant nightmares, costly evictions, and middle-of-the-night calls. To get both of these reads bundled (and save some money), click here.

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9. Recession-Proof Real Estate Investing by J Scott

Topics Covered

  • General principles and strategies
  • Deal analysis
  • Finding and negotiating deals

What I Like About This Book

There’s little to no chance you haven’t heard news of the coronavirus and its dramatic impact on the economic outlook. In uncertain times, smart investors begin to plan for a possible recession and look for ways to safeguard their investments.

Even though Recession-Proof Real Estate Investing was written with the ’08 recession in mind, its lessons still very much ring true for 2020 investing, should the economy continue towards a downturn. If you’re looking for peace of mind amidst today’s panic, absolutely give this book a read. You’ll walk away armed with information on economic shifts, why they happen, and the strategies most likely to help you survive (and even thrive) during a recession.

Key Takeaways From the Book

  • How the economy moves in cycles (and what you should be doing with your money during each phase)
  • Advice on changing course due to an impending recession
  • Strategies that work during an economic downturn

Caveats

Unfortunately for those who’d like to add this to their bookshelf, Recession-Proof Real Estate Investing is only available as an audiobook or e-book.

10. Retire Early With Real Estate by Chad Carson

Topics Covered

  • General principles and strategies
  • Financing
  • Deal analysis
  • Finding and negotiating deals

What I Like About This Book

I’d be remiss not to include my own book on this list, so last but not least, we have Retire Early With Real Estate. If one of the reasons you’re interested in real estate investing is to create enough passive income to ultimately leave your 9 to 5, this comprehensive guide to financial freedom is for you.

Part real estate investing advice and part personal finance guidance, this book gives actionable, step-by-step information to help you realistically retire within 10-15 years using detailed studies of investors who have done just that. Don’t just take my word for it, though—read through the reviews on Amazon!

Key Takeaways From the Book

  • A step-by-step process for using rental properties to retire within 10-15 years
  • Case studies of everyday people who have used real estate to retire
  • How to use rental income to pay all your monthly bills
  • 5-step process to create your own early retirement plan

Caveats

None, of course! 😉

Honorable Mentions

  • The Book on Tax Strategies and The Book on Advanced Tax Strategies (new in 2020!) by Matt MacFarland and Amanda Han: The U.S. tax system is full of benefits (and loopholes!) for real estate investors. It’s never to early to learn how to take advantage.
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki: Likely the most recommended book on the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast, Rich Dad Poor Dad serves as an entry point for many readers to the real estate investing world. While it may not be comprehensive, it’s a good foundational read.
  • Long-Distance Real Estate Investing by David Greene: If you assemble the right team on the ground, you'll be able to invest pretty much anywhere with confidence. Learn how even beginner investors can start searching outside of their own backyard with this read from BiggerPockets Podcast cohost and real estate agent/investor David Greene.
  • The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller with Dave Jenks and Jay Papasan: This book draws on advice from people who have real-life experience building multi-million dollar real estate portfolios. It’s a solid read for anyone looking to be inspired to invest. Bonus: Check out Jay Papasan’s BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast appearance here!

What Are You Reading?

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time—none, zero. You’d be amazed at how much Warren [Buffet] reads—and at how much I read. My children laugh at me. They think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.” —Charles T. Munger, Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger

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What you choose to read and put into your mind is an important choice. I hope this list will help you focus on a small group of real estate books that have been very helpful to me.

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What do you think about these choices? Are there others that you would include? What are you reading now in the real estate and business world that has been helpful?

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Chad Carson is an entrepreneur, writer, and teacher who used real estate investing to reach financial independence before the age of 37. He wrote an Amazon bestselling book
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    Darren Sager Investor from Summit, NJ
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Nice List Chad! I’m only missing one on the list so I guess I’ll have to look for it.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Darren! What was the one book, out of curiosity?
    Danny Hubbard from Macon, GA
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Good list I only. I have read all but two and that will soon be rectified.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Great Danny. Thanks for reading the article.
    Brandon Turner Investor from Maui, HI
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Hey Chad, thanks so much for including me in this amazing list! Seriously, I really appreciate it! And every other book on this list is incredible, I’ve read them all, some multiple times. It’s an honor to be among them! And I couldn’t agree more on your views about reading. SO much of what I have today is because of the books i’ve read.
    Richard B. from Las Vegas, NV
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    It’s a personal matter of trust. For those that may choose to think as you have noted, in my opinion, they have not been around the site long enough to discover the vast resources contained herein to make a genuinely informed decision. For those that have embraced this site for the wealth of mostly free information that it is and services that it provides, they will quickly discover that Brandon Turner is the real deal. Furthermore, what careth Brandon over the measly portions that his book sales may bringeth him? The man has amassed a small empire of real estate. He now shares that information to help all others searching for the same opportunity; unselfishly and to the benefit of newcomers in an effort to help all avoid his trials and tribulations. In conclusion, I do not believe Brandon is losing any sleep over such perspective points of view but, in fact, in my humble opinion, now that it has been brought to his attention, he may feel a sense of confusion as to why anyone would think that way. I have never met Brandon. He’s a big boy and can defend himself. I am sharing my perspective. Watch the webinars. Listen to the podcasts. People will soon discover that he is the real deal. @LAWRENCE BURNS consider completing your profile as you’ll bring more credibility to your future posts. I wish I could end this response without injecting my back east sarcasm, but alas… “Consider bringing a half full glass of water to future threads. Fuhgeddaboudit!”
    Cam Jimmy Investor from Anchorage, AK
    Replied over 2 years ago
    LOL, well said Richard!
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    No problem. Brandon. You earned it. Well researched and well written. Everyone I know who has succeeded in this business or others reads all the time. It is a very strong correlation. It reminds me of the quote: “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” Here’s to more reading (and then more doing something with what we read)!
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    Actually, Brandon didn’t read the post or know about it before being published. This is a BIG site, and Mr. Turner has a lot of other important things to do:) he was on the list because he simply wrote a great book.
    Brandon Farley from Cincinnati, Ohio
    Replied about 2 years ago
    I eish i could emoji the shit out of thid comment!! Brandon turner, its next on my list!
    Michael Woodward Real Estate Investor from Greenback, Tennessee
    Replied over 4 years ago
    #8 …… The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller…….my personal favorite…..
    Jennifer S. Real Estate Agent from Los Angeles, CA
    Replied over 4 years ago
    I’m reading this now. It seems like a popular recommendation on BP. He peppered the content with interesting stories and it’s a quick read. I recommend this book too.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Yeah, that’s on my shelf and I’ll be digging into it more. I like Gary Keller and other stuff he’s done. Maybe it’ll make my next (or updated) list.
    Kyle Corbin Investor from Spartanburg, South Carolina
    Replied over 4 years ago
    It’s a really good one. Very big picture though, not many nuts and bolts which is okay.
    Luke Thomas Wholesaler from Los Angeles, California
    Replied over 4 years ago
    I’m very grateful for this list, and look forward to reading them! Just joined this website today referred by a fellow member and I am extremely impressed with the professionalism, and insight!
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Awesome, Luke! Welcome to BP! I’m glad you found the list helpful. Let me know how you like them and which are most helpful for you. BP is a great place to me for new and experienced investors. Hang around, read up, and ask questions. Getting involved is the best way to learn.
    Gabriel Aponte Investor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks for this information, as a newbie in real estate investment It puts me on a path of success. Good stuff!
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    No, problem Gabriel. Thanks for reading and commenting. Best of luck on your path. I’m sure these books will give you some good guidance.
    Michael Owens from Ludowici, Georgia
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Chad with so many learning tools out there it is sometimes easy to be distracted by material that isn’t actually helping. Thanks for some solid informative information I can use.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks, Michael. Yes, my intention with this article was to help you focus. One of the biggest challenges as new investor is distraction and overwhelm. You have to be selective about the source and the type of information you take in. I hope this helps!
    Venkat B. from San Jose, California
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Chad for not just giving the list but also highlighting the Big ideas and Caveats. I am ordering couple of books today.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    You’re welcome, Venkat. I’m glad the big ideas and caveats were helpful. I included it so you can decide if the book is what you need or not.
    William Walker Airline Pilot from Las Vegas, Nevada
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks for your list Chad, I’ve got four of those books already. Now, I’ll look into the others.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks William. Glad there were a few you have not checked out yet. Which ones will you looking into, just out of curiosity?
    Willie Grega Teacher from Springfield, Missouri
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Chad….”Every Landlord’s Legal Guide” really is like the best cheat sheet ever. I’ve never heard it mentioned on an BP podcasts. The documents that they provide are excellent and the infomation in the book is fantastic. It is a foundational core of my success as a Landlord.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Great, Willie! Glad to hear that book has been very helpful for you. It has been an excellent addition to my library, and I can see how it’s been the foundational core for you. The legal side of the business and talking with attorneys can be very confusing and intimidating, so I think a reference manual like this is critical to have near your fingertips.
    Jeff M. Investor from Flagstaff, Arizona
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks, Chad. You have done many of us a great service with this list. Like Michael above, I would add “The Millionaire Real Estate Investor” as a must read.
    Lewis Christman Financial Advisor from Macungie, PA
    Replied about 2 years ago
    I read the Millionaire real estate investor a long time ago and it was all high level if I remember correctly. I was bummed there were no details, deal analysis etc. It was a good rah rah get in the right mentality tho. I like the details.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Jeff. Glad to see another vote for “Millionaire Real Estate Investor.” It’s on my shelf and I will be reading it more soon.
    Russell Brazil Real Estate Agent from Rockville, MD
    Replied over 4 years ago
    I always feel that books on REI are lacking, though Ive never read Brandon or Jscotts books
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks for comment Russell. What do you feel are lacking from most REI books? I certainly find some books more worth my time than others. It’s true that I can get at least an idea or two from just about any book, but i whittled this list down based upon a couple of things: 1. Density of information. I wanted helpful, insightful ideas throughout the book. 2. Coherent, organized presentation – the ideas need to fit into a larger framework that makes sense. The best real estate strategy in the world doesn’t help me if it’s not placed into the context of a real business and how to use it. 3. Credibility of the author – have they really done what they say they have, are the honest and capable.
    Timothy Friars
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Just finished “The Book on Investing in Real Estate from Brandon Turner.” LOVED it. Must read if you haven’t already.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    I agree, Timothy. Glad you got a lot out of Brandon’s book. Thanks for commenting.
    Timothy Friars
    Replied over 4 years ago
    “The Book on Investing in Real Estate,” from Brandon Turner. My quote placement skills need some work lol…
    Account Closed from Laurel, Maryland
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Nice list! I will start working on these. Thanks Chad!
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks, Shaaney! I hope you find them helpful.
    Curry Forrer Investor from Alameda, California
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Chad great list I have 3 on my list already and will include the others. One book I would really recommend is the prosperity bible it’s alot of books in one but a great read for someone who is ready to think outside of the box.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks, Curry. I had never seen the Prosperity Bible, but it seems to include some writers I’ve enjoyed in the past like Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles, and Benjamin Franklin. Thanks for sharing!
    Sam Smith from Chicago, IL
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Chad for the list !
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    You’re welcome, Sam. Thanks for reading and for commenting.
    Kaitlyn Barks Real Estate Agent from O Fallon, Missouri
    Replied over 4 years ago
    I love your stance on reading books as well and I’m excited to see that Building Wealth One House at a Time by John Schaub made the list. I feel like that one gets overlooked quite a bit, but it has some solid fundamental lessons. Thanks, Chad!
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks, Kaitlyn. Yeah, I’m a little old school in my book reading:) I can’t read without a pen in hand! John Schaub’s book is one of my favorites. The classics are those that keep teaching you over and over as you reread them. As I said in the article, I think a lot of people pass books like that over because they think they’re beyond that. But the fundamentals make all the difference in this business or others. Best of luck to you!
    Account Closed from Honolulu, Hawaii
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Anyone know great audiobooks, other than The Book on Investing in Real Estate With No (and Low) Money Down by Brandon Turner???
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Good question, Raymond. I work from home and don’t do a lot of commuting, so I don’t listen to many audio books. But they are a great way to “read” while traveling or doing something else like walking or exercising. I did find one of my favorite personal development books in audio book. It’s the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: http://www.amazon.com/The-Habits-Highly-Effective-People/dp/B0006IU4C0
    Kedrick Thornton Real Estate Agent from Washington, DC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Great list Chad! More resources for the young investors on BP. Thanks! Have you ever read the The Real Estate Game by William Poorvu? If you have, let us know what you though about it.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Kendrick, Thanks for the comment. YES, The Real Estate Game by William Poorvu was very close on this list. I really like this book, so I’ll plan to add it to a future review. For those curious right now, Poorvu has a really cool process in the book for breaking down the entire real estate business into 4 sub-games – 1) Properties 2) Capital Markets 3) Players, i.e buyers, sellers, etc 4) External environment. The rest of the book basically explains how those 4 sub-games interact. It’s a really helpful read. Thanks for suggesting it.
    Lydia S. Real Estate Agent from Albuquerque, NM
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Excellent post, thank you! As one unfamiliar with business strategies, I found The E Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber (so far my first read on paper since committing to a future in real estate), to be very helpful in thinking about my end-vision and how to get from here to there. I find the concepts repeated in posts and podcasts here on BP and am glad I read it. I was given a free copy of Keller’s Millionaire Real Estate Investor by a Broker just the other day! I attended a ‘career’ presentation at a Real Estate office to investigate how a license may work to the advantage of an investor, and the Broker was gracious with that gift. I will be at the local library soon to put in requests on some of the others you suggested, which is how I got my hands on The E Myth.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Lydia! I love the Emyth too. I left it off this list only because I consider it more of a business book than real estate investing. But it’s on my must-read list as well. A lot of people have recommended Gary Keller’s Millionaire Real Estate Investor. I am going to read it and may add to a future revision of the list:) Happy investing!
    Wesley Wong from Seattle, Washington
    Replied over 4 years ago
    I’m just starting off so this is a great list to have stumbled across. I’ve only read What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow by Frank Gallinelli from this list. I’m just about to wrap up The MIllionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller. I was going to move onto Multi-Family Millions by David Lindahl. Would anyone have any advice whether I should continue on this path before reading the other 6 books or should I leave Multi-Family Millions and read one of the other 6 books on this list first? I was thinking either The Book on Investing in Real Estate With No (and Low) Money Down by Brandon Turner or Every Landlord’s Legal Guide, Marcia Stewart, Ralph Warner, & Janet Portman.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Hey Wesley, Thanks for commenting. A lot depends upon your specific real estate goals. If your plan is to start with multifamily, maybe David’s book is worthwhile. If you’re flipping, J Scott’s book is probably the best place to start. If you’re buying single family or small multifamily rentals, I would recommend John Schaub’s and Mike Butlers. Happy reading and investing!
    Ethan Mace Investor from Eastampton, New Jersey
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Great list! I’ve been looking for some books I should be reading. I read Brandon Turner’s book and also got the audiobook to listen to while I drive. His info on seller financing was my favorite part of that particular book.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Ethan! Glad it was helpful. Yeah, I agree Brandon’s book is great.
    Donald Cooley Railroad Conductor / Future investor from New Baltimore, MI
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Great list and break down of each book thanks for sharing. Looks like I have some reading to do.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Donald! I hope you profit from the books.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thank you Sharma! Glad it was helpful to you.
    Yany Rivera Investor from Olympia, Washington
    Replied over 4 years ago
    This is a great list, thank you for sharing it with us. As a newbie, I am in the absorb mode so having this list will no doubt reduce my learning curve and set me up for a better start! Thank you!!
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Yany! Glad the list was helpful. I hope it will help you focus your knowledge absorption on some proven winners!
    Mike Butler Real Estate Coach from Louisville, KY
    Replied over 4 years ago
    thanks Chad for putting my book “Landlording On AutoPilot” on your TOP 7 Must Read Books for Investors. Also, thanks to you Chad for all of your great articles on BiggerPockets.com along with Brandon Turner who is cranking out great information like a ninja juice machine on not steroids, but kryptonite. thanks again guys, and reach out anytime if I can help you with anything, Mike Butler
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    No problem, Mike. Thanks for writing an awesome book. Lol on the ninja-juice comment about Brandon. Yeah, he is prolific!
    Mike Kelley Investor from Gardendale, Alabama
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Great post … Knowledge is power and Applied Power equates to Success…
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Like the formula, Mike. Thanks for commenting.
    Michael Garis from Buffalo, New York
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Thanks Chad so much. I am starting from the beginning and I’ve been looking for a post just like this! I’m a computer nerd so getting the terminology correct is more important than anything to me. Knowing the right words to say makes a HUGE difference in the kind of help you get later from people in the business. I’m really hoping “Building Wealth One House at a Time” can be that book for me. Also, estimating costs while flipping is a TOTAL mystery for me so I’m hoping The Book On Estimating Rehab Costs clears that up enough that I can ask intelligent questions of my BP colleagues.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Great, Michael! I’m glad the list will be helpful for you. Thanks for commenting. I think you’re exactly right that the vocabulary of a craft is critical. When coding computers, it’s the building blocks for everything else. Real estate investing is very similar. I’d add that real estate is also very much about people – so getting comfortable talking with, negotiating with, and managing people is a key skill. Sometimes that’s best learned with practice (and with failures).
    Jacqueline Caparas
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Hope you can update the list or come out with another post! 🙂
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Thanks Jacqueline! I’m working on a couple more book list posts. So be on the lookout soon:)
    Rupa S. from Fremont, California
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Great list ! thanks for taking the time to put out the list !
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Happy to do it, Rupa! Thanks for commenting.
    J Scott Developer from Sarasota, FL
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Chad – Just saw this post, and wanted to thank you for the recommendation of my books and the kind words! I certainly agree with all the other books on the list (must reads!) as well… Thanks, J Scott
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    No problem, J. You bring the goods with your writing and with your forum comments, so I’m happy to share. Thanks for all you do!
    David Krulac from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Chad, I’ve read 6 of the 7, and still own them. I’ve read about 300 books on real estate, so far. I’d suggest you take a look at my book, which we talked about on Bigger Pockets Podcast #82, “How I Started With Nothing and Made $12 Million in Real Estate.” I also co-authored the Bigger Pockets book “Real Estate Rewind.”, a free download on BP. David Krulac
    Sauda Johnson from Los Angeles, California
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Hi David! is there a book you can recommend that specifically helps with creating a business plan for REI please? Thanks.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Wow! 300 books. That’s good. I haven’t counted the real estate books I’ve read yet, but I doubt it’s close to that! I bet you’d agree that knowledge learned from all of that reading compounds and becomes extremely valuable in the real world. I know it has for me. I’ll have to check out your podcast and your book. Thanks for recommending.
    Tomas Chao from Gastonia, North Carolina
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Thanks for the recommendations. I’m just starting out and could use all the information I can take in.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    No problem, Tomas! Glad it was helpful.
    PJ Muilenburg Rental Property Investor from Sapulpa, OK
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    I’ve heard recommendations so many times on BP about the Cash Flow book but keep putting it off because it sounds so dry. But hey you’ve convinced me of its importance, the numbers that is, and I’ll make that my next read. I also must add that Brandon Turner’s two newest books on finding/analyzing deals and managing properties (with his lovely wife) were fantastic! I’m newer to real estate and never have I put a book down so many times to go actually change a part of my business before reading more. Very nuts and bolts content.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Ha, Ha … I hear you on the dry part. Yeah, it’s something you have to pick up, put down, and use as a resource. I’ve also found it helpful when I had actual deals to work on with it. Then the nuances of difference analysis techniques sink in better. Hope you find it helpful. I agree on Brandon’s books. I love the nuts-and-bolts, easy-to-apply content. He’s got a talent.
    Dan Currotto Real Estate Investor from Clearwater, Florida
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    No Donald Trump books and no “Nothing Down”? Come on!
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Lol … yeah, they didn’t make the cut. Sorry:)
    Account Closed from Mooresville, North Carolina
    Replied over 3 years ago
    I just joined BP.com a week ago. I checked out a few books from the library, but they have some age to them. I did a search on R.E. books and came across the BP site. Wow! Talk about info. I am so pleased to have found this site and all the resources. I’m just getting started with my education, but have already purchased all the books listed in this article. I am currently reading ‘ Best RE Investing Advice EVER’ by Joe Fairless and The Hicks. I really like the way it is written and look forward to reading all the others. Luckily reading is one of my favorite things. Thanks for the great article.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Tom, welcome to BP! And thanks for the comment. Educating yourself is a great first step, and I’m glad these books will give you a focused head-start. I’ve talked with Joe Fairless before, and he’s also a really knowledgeable investor who you can learn from. Get involved here on BP, ask questions, and use what you learn to take action as soon as possible. Best of luck!
    Michael Flores Virtual Assistant from Schenectady, New York
    Replied over 3 years ago
    This is an awesome read! I just joined BP yesterday and I didn’t expect that there are a lot of information that I can learn about Real Estates,
    Jeri Romesha from Eagle River, Alaska
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Thank you for this list! I’m just in the beginning phases of learning how to become a real estate investor, currrently reading J. Scott’s Book on Flipping Houses, and have been thinking about what to focus on in this stage, so glad I stumbled onto your list! Thank you!
    Pumi
    Replied about 3 years ago
    I was looking up on best books to read on Real Estate. The Law of attraction truly works. Thank you Chad for the list will definitely get the books. would you mind mentoring me? Please
    Pravakar
    Replied about 3 years ago
    ?looking forward to read all this book…thanks
    Michelle E. Investor from Homewood, Illinois
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    Thanks for this list! I really appreciate the detail you gave and the key take aways from each. I love all the practical information I have gained from Bigger Pockets and this article is another example. I’ve read a couple of your recommendations, looks like I’ve got some new books to check out!
    Chau Ly from Phoenix, Arizona
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    I’m new to real estate , I’m focus on multi family investing , I also read couple of those book , great advise , those book really help me a lot , hey guy after reading those book remember go out there and pull the shoot , then you learn, I did scare to hell at first but work out great , thx
    Mark Ferguson from Bedford, Texas
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    Hi Chad I am brand new at investing and flipping homes. I have not flipped a home yet. I am considering getting my RE license in Texas. I have a broker that will sponsor me . This will take about 8 weeks and $1000. Do you think this will be more of a distraction than its worth ? Most flippers don’t appear to have a license. Your thoughts? Mark I am new member of PB and it is a wealth of knowledge. I am looking forward to tomorrows webinar.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    Hey Mark, There are arguments both ways about getting your license. Many couples or partners who do flips together have one of the two get their license. If they’re good at listing, staging, etc it can help. And most importantly you get direct access to comps on the MLS, which is super important. But it’s not necessary. I flipped for years before I got my own license. But you really need to have a good person on your team who understands the retail market and can get your flip looking perfect so it will sell fast and at top price. Just google “Bigger Pockets should I get my license” and you’ll get a lot of articles and forum threads.
    Andrew Syrios Residential Real Estate Investor from Kansas City, MO
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    Very good list, although I would add The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller and The Landlord Survival Guide by Jeffrey Taylor
    Tim Puffer from Lansing, Michigan
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    I second the Landlord Survival Guide – just awesome!
    Abram Howard from Olympia, Washington
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    Exactly the beginning foundations of what I was looking for. These look and sound like excellent books to start on and build from. Learning, and remembering, the basics is so crucial in anything we do. Many people forget the basics and skip steps along the way. While it may not always bite back immediately it will eventfully catch up and may bite like a Great White. Thank you so much for this wonderful article.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    Abram, Thanks for reading and commenting. I definitely agree about the basics. It’s always a good idea to revist them – even many years after starting.
    Sauda Johnson from Los Angeles, California
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Hi Chad! Thanks for the list. Do any of these books provide guidance on creating a business plan for an REI project such as fixing and flipping please? If not, is there a book you can recommend that specifically helps with business plans for REI please? Thanks.
    Dean Hamilton from Kaysville, Utah
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    I am glad they decided to re-post this article. Super helpful info… I am actually reading Brandon’s “No Down” book now. I am then going to read Scott Trench’s Set for Life, and then I’ll be looking at the Shuab book, the Gallinelli book, then the Butler book. Thanks for the tip Chad!
    Scott Walker Investor from Maplewood, New Jersey
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    Hi Chad, I’m somewhat of a newbie. I own a multi unit that I’ve had for some time. My main focus is to start investing on a more serious level. I’m pursuing my RE License first. I am wondering if you had a particular order as to read the books. I have them all except The Poor Charlie’s Almanac. I read the Ultimate Beginners Guide to RE Investing, and I’m reading The Book on Flipping Houses.
    Rose
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    How about Robert shemin’s books on real estate ?
    Cam Jimmy Investor from Anchorage, AK
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Thanks Chad! You should put out a top 20 list of books now!
    Elizabeth Saldivar
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Thank you so much Chad. I am a newbie in real estate and just beginning to get informed before I do anything crazy. lol.. I am approaching real estate with great caution. I am so glad to have found a place where I can get information without wondering what’s the catch? Thanks again,
    Ashley K. Real Estate Agent from Reisterstown, MD
    Replied over 2 years ago
    thanks Chad for sharing this information !!! I’m a licensed RE agent and soon to be RE investor. After reviewing the comments ,i will be purchasing “The Millionaire Real estate Investor” as well !
    Brant Pierce from Naperville, Illinois
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Thanks for the great list of must have books. I agree with the other comments “The Millionaire Real Estate Investor” is a must read.
    Emma Gray Property Manager from Hudson, Ohio
    Replied about 2 years ago
    It is good to invest in books that really give you knowledge on how you invest in the real estate. and how to evolve your money by investing in the real estate.
    Solly Assa Developer from New York, NY
    Replied about 2 years ago
    I’ll keep this in mind when I visit the library next time.
    Bruce Lee Property Manager from Indianapolis, IN
    Replied about 2 years ago
    The 2nd Edition of Mike Butler’s book will publish on April 3, 2018, and has been re titled: Landlording on AutoPilot: A Simple, No-Brainer System for Higher Profits, Less Work and More Fun (Do It All from Your Smartphone or Tablet!), 2nd Edition
    Lewis Christman Financial Advisor from Macungie, PA
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Re 3. What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow by Frank Gallinelli. You mention how indepth he goes yet you rate the deal analysis as basic. Why? Which book would you say is the best in deal analysis?
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 1 year ago
    I didn’t intend basic the way it sounds. What I meant was the fundamentals, which are the most important. I think the book covers just about everything you need to know.
    James Blaschak from Waterford, Michigan
    Replied about 2 years ago
    Just added 6 of the 7 books to my Kindle. “The Book On Estimating Rehab Costs” wasn’t available in the Kindle Store, so I also added The Millionaire Real Estate Investor” and “The Book On Negotiating Real Estate” by J Scott.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Awesome James! Good luck. I think you’ll get a lot from the books.
    Marc Heverly from Pottstown Pennsylvania
    Replied over 1 year ago
    These are definitely books I’ve been looking for to learn from. I really found your break down of each book really helpful. Thanks for taking the time do make this post!
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 1 year ago
    You’re welcome, Marc! Enjoy the books and let me know which you find most helpful.
    Jesse Chen
    Replied over 1 year ago
    This is an amazing list Chad! I am just starting out in real estate investing and will definitely read all these books within a few months to catch up! Thank you very much! I appreciate the insights on each book.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied over 1 year ago
    You’re welcome, Jesse! Thanks for reading and good luck with your first steps.
    Brandon Boogren Real Estate Agent from Hastings, MN
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Chad, Thank you for this list! I love how you gave a quick unbiased synopsis of each book’s contents. I was just about to (hesitantly) buy a guru’s $1000 course on getting started in RE but I think I will start with these books and go from there. I’ve been learning a lot from podcasts and webinars but like you say, it’s nice to have a little more structure in your learning and I think these books will give me a more solid foundation. Thanks again!!!
    Jeremiah Maleu Frazier
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Great List! And now my list of Awesome REI Books to read growwwws.. and there aint no problem with that! GEROOONIMOOO!
    Meagan Langford
    Replied over 1 year ago
    I’m a real estate investing beginner in Oklahoma!!! So thank you so much for this list… I’d heard of all of them but one. So I feel like I’m moving in the right direction and I have this website and Brandon Turner to thank for that! My husband and I are learning so much and self education is our favorite part so far. (Other than house hunting.) Thanks again!
    property management
    Replied 9 months ago
    You are so awesome! I do not think I’ve truly read anything like that before. So wonderful to find somebody with original thoughts on this subject matter. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This website is something that is required on the web, someone with a bit of originality!
    Scott Pearson from Hunlock Creek, PA
    Replied 8 months ago
    New investor here. So far I have one of these I’m reading. I will be adding others in the near future.
    Vicki Dungan
    Replied 8 months ago
    Great resources. Thanks for sharing. However, Warren Buffett is actually the Warren Buffett of real estate investing. I believe that’s how he got his start. Just sayin’.
    Anthony Giannetti
    Replied 8 months ago
    Hey Chad and everyone, this was a great post that was very focused on practical real estate systems. Most of the book lists I read include Rich Dad Poor Dad, Think and Grow Rich, and Millionaire Next Door, which are all wonderful books but they provide a broad understanding of why you should be interested in real estate, not how to do it. I'm adding every one of these to my reading list and I'm excited to dive in headfirst.
    Norman Meyler
    Replied 8 months ago
    Just ordered Every Landlords Legal Guide. Thanks for this great list
    Michael Kelly from Shreveport, LA
    Replied 8 months ago
    Thanks for the list! I'll more than likely read through all of them as I have been doing more reading than TV watching as of late. The two books I really enjoyed so far have been "The Millionaire Real Estate Investor" by Gary Keller and "How to Get Started in Real Estate Investing" by Robert Irwin.
    Alexandria Gardner from Los Angeles
    Replied 8 months ago
    Great--thank you!
    Mike Mitchell Real Estate Agent from Annapolis, MD
    Replied 21 days ago
    I agree with everyone else. Great list, Chad! I just purchased Brandon's No or Low Money Down and J. Scott's Flipping and Rehab Costs books. I'm looking forward to reading them.
    Chad Carson Investor from Clemson, SC
    Replied 20 days ago
    Thanks for reading, Mike! Enjoy those reads. They're great.
    Harry Ego Real Estate Agent from New York
    Replied 7 days ago
    I'm new to the Bigger Pockets community and I already see great value starting with this great list of books. Thanks Chad!