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6 Audiobooks Investors Should Absolutely Listen To

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The best way to become a successful real estate investor is to learn from the strategies (and mistakes) that others have made. Yes, it's easy and free to learn from the investors in your network, but your network has limited knowledge. You can find valuable knowledge in books about investing, too—and if you're not a big reader, consider real estate audiobooks.

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These audiobooks are fantastic learning tools for investors—but they're smart listens for other industry professionals, too. Are you a future real estate agent waiting to take your real estate license examination? Why not learn more about the investing side of the business while you study?

I spend a lot of time in my car driving to meetings or checking out new investments. I take advantage of that time to listen to books via Audible, Amazon’s audiobook service. It turns time otherwise wasted in the car into the most educational moments of my week. Don’t drive? You can use the app on your mobile device wherever you are. Listen on a train or plane or at the gym—anywhere, really.

Must-Listen Real Estate Audiobooks Investors Should Listen to in 2020

Yes, Rich Dad Poor Dad is on every new real estate investor’s list of must-listens. Once you’ve finished that classic, where should you turn next? You might want to read through all of the books from his Rich Dad Advisors. But what’s next? You might struggle to figure out which of the other 290 investment books in the Audible archive to listen to next. Here’s a list of can’t-miss “listens.”

6. The New Investor’s Guide to Owning a Mobile Home Park

This book by Laura Cochran has withstood the test of time, maintaining a high rating since its late 2013 release. In four hours, the audiobook covers important topics—like why mobile home parks are such a good investment. Cochran provides step-by-step instructions on how to buy and manage your own park.

Related:10 Absolute Must-Read Real Estate Books for Beginning Investors

5. The Book on Negotiating Real Estate

This book outlines expert strategies for getting the best deals when buying and selling investment properties. It’s written by BiggerPockets star authors J Scott, Mark Ferguson, and Carol Scott, and dives into the weeds of the real estate negotiating process. Whether you’re buying your first property or renegotiating a contract, you’ll find valuable tips inside.

The book is filled with anecdotes that teach strong negotiation and instructions on how to implement these practices in your own investing business. The Book on Negotiating Real Estate has more reviews than all the other books on this list combined—meaning a lot of investors have listened to their advice and found it valuable. I think you will, too.

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4. High Cash Flow Real Estate Investing: Learn the Secrets to Creating Hassle-Free Profitable Cash Flows in Real Estate Investing

Knowing your local market is key to successful real estate investing. This book explains how to expand that knowledge and create simple, profitable cash flows. The audiobook includes both volumes of the series, and lasts for a quick hour and 45 minutes—making for very easy listening. What’s stopping you?

Once you’ve finished High Cash Flow Real Estate Investing, you may also want to consider ValleyWide Real Estate Investment’s other audiobook on flipping houses, which is similarly priced and has also earned strong reviews.

3. Real Estate Investing: The Ultimate Guide to Building a Rental Property Empire for Beginners

The audiobook by Brandon Anderson is more than five hours long, and contains a wealth of information on real estate investment. It's a valuable tool for any aspiring real estate investor, with instructions for real estate wholesaling, property management, and financial freedom. Key takeaways include advice on negotiating techniques, financing sources, adding value to your investments, and proven ways to find reliable tenants—in addition to other suggestions.

Related: 5 Business Books That Changed My Real Estate Investing Life

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2. Real Estate Investing: How to Make Your Riches from Rental Properties and Flipping Houses, and Build Passive Income by Mastering the Property Investment Game

This late-2018 book aims to help listeners on their journey to financial freedom by giving them a basic understanding of the market and market strategies. Author Bradley Watson walks a new investor through their first deal and helps investors take advantage of the flipping trend.

The book is only three hours long. Many reviewers commented on the strong strategies within the book and how helpful the information is for beginners.

1. Passive Income: Passive Income Strategies to Start Making Money with Little to No Investment

A short three-hour listen, this book by Joseph Samson provides investors with a comprehensive path toward buying and holding real estate. It’s particularly helpful for new investors looking to transcend their perceived socioeconomic class.

What books would you add to this list?

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Martin Orefice has over 12 years of experience in the real estate industry, specializing in rent to own deals and flipping houses. He created Rent to Own Labs...
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    LaTricia Wilson Specialist from Greater Detroit Area
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Great list!
    John Reynolds Rental Property Investor from Denver, CO
    Replied over 1 year ago
    always looking for good information, but don’t let it get you in a loop. Something crazy like 80% of people don’t go out there to do. Not only do the boys talk about that in the book how to invest in real estate, which I love, but a person I pay attention to and totally recommend Gary Vee, http://www.garyvee.com talks a bunch about get ideas, be strategic and get out there and get grinding. If you pick yourself up and get dirt under your fingernails and DO!
    Martin Orefice Real Estate Investor from Orlando, FL
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Totally agree with you, John. You’ve gotta put what you do into action. Reminds me of my favorite Walt Disney quote: The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
    Martin Orefice Real Estate Investor from Orlando, FL
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Thanks, Latricia!
    John Woods
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Thanks for putting this list together and sharing it! I’m an investor and broker in Albuquerque and appreciate resources like this. I just got ” The Book on Negotiating Real Estate” on Audible 🙂
    Martin Orefice Real Estate Investor from Orlando, FL
    Replied over 1 year ago
    That’s my personal favorite! I hope you enjoy it as much as i did!
    Dustin Ohman Rental Property Investor from Everett, WA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Just got them all! I’m making a change this year. Thanks for the list.
    Martin Orefice Real Estate Investor from Orlando, FL
    Replied over 1 year ago
    I’m happy you’re investing in your knowledge base, Dustin! Be sure to tell us about your thoughts on the books, as I am sure many investors will enjoy your feedback.
    Charlie Marts Attorney from New Orleans, Louisiana
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Martin, not much insight into content here. Did you read these books?
    Cylinda Dominguez
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Yes, I would also like to know if these books were actually read or listened to. The reviews are super fishy, all same day, 5 star reviews, anonymous user… Not very inspired to waste my money on someone’s advise who had to pay for reviews…
    Andrew Watson from Austin, Texas
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Agreed!
    Martin Orefice Real Estate Investor from Orlando, FL
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Hey Charlie, Andrew and Cylinda, I have listened to all of these books throughout the last year. However, I ranked them exclusively based on the rating they’ve received on Audible. If I were to list my personal #1 it would be The Book on Negotiating Real Estate, but everyone has something different to learn when they start reading a book. I figured the opinions of large groups of people will weigh more on the novice investor than the opinion of one investor with many years of experience. While some of these books stated concepts that were obvious to me, all information is good information for people starting out.
    Shirley Ladd
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Thank you for posting the books. I’m new to real estate investing and I look forward to checking them all out.
    Richard Dale-Mesaros Investor from Campton, New Hampshire
    Replied over 1 year ago
    I’d also add ‘Never Split The Difference’ by Chris Voss – amazing negotiating book (search for interviews on YouTube as well because you have to appreciate his voice! Not sure if he’s reading the audible version, seeing as I read the paperback. Good luck everyone!
    Martin Orefice Real Estate Investor from Orlando, FL
    Replied over 1 year ago
    I’ll be sure to check it out! Thanks, Richard!
    Richard Dale-Mesaros Investor from Campton, New Hampshire
    Replied over 1 year ago
    I’d also add ‘Never Split The Difference’ by Chris Voss – amazing negotiating book (search for interviews on YouTube as well because you have to appreciate his voice! Not sure if he’s reading the audible version, seeing as I read the paperback. Good luck everyone!
    John Elliott Investor from Oakland, CA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Suspicious list. All these books have overwhelming 5 star reviews on Audible , from what look like suspect reviewers, not a single 3 or 2 or 1 star review? C’mon. On #2 almost every review is : Anonymous User 12-03-18 Also on the #1 book on this list, take a look at the other titles by same publisher, everything is 5 star and fake review. Lame.
    John Elliott Investor from Oakland, CA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Suspicious list. All these books have overwhelming 5 star reviews on Audible , from what look like suspect reviewers, not a single 3 or 2 or 1 star review? C’mon. On #2 almost every review is : Anonymous User 12-03-18 Also on the #1 book on this list, take a look at the other titles by same publisher, everything is 5 star and fake review. Lame.
    Martin Orefice Real Estate Investor from Orlando, FL
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Hey John, I get where you’re coming from. I’ve noticed that for most products reviews are skewed to 5 stars and 1 star. Not many people put middle group reviews because reviews are driven by passion and an average book doesn’t inspire that. I’ll note that it is weird that the #2 has all reviews from anonymous users, but they do all have content included, not the typical star and go that’s represented by scams. I do respect the #1 book though, given that it’s the only investment book on Audible with all 5-star reviews!
    Tonye Wokoma New to Real Estate from Seattle, WA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Thank you for pointing this out. It does look a bit suspect when you stop and think about it. I’ll purchase titles that have reviews that I’m confident are authentic.
    Edward Granville
    Replied about 1 year ago
    Why not also look those books up on amazon and have that weigh in?
    Derek Lodato
    Replied about 1 year ago
    I've read some of the comments here and it appears that some are in opposition of the recommended audio books list within this article. The comments suggest that the article is pushing these specific books for marketing sales rather than good content. This is great but how about listing the books and material YOU have personally read and recommend? Otherwise these feedback comments have no real value to others. The purpose is to HELP OTHERS achieve. To all who are reading my comment.. please list your favorite books/audio books on this topic. Thanks in advance!!