The Best Books for Learning Real Estate Investing

By now you’ve probably heard about how investing in real estate can set you up for life. While it’s true there’s a lot of money to be had in real estate, it’s definitely not an easy get-rich-quick scheme. To be truly successful at it, you need to learn everything you can from multiple sources. The Internet is a great place to start, but you should also seek out other investors who have “been there, done that” and can teach you a thing or two. 

Also, it pays to read about real estate. Some really good books have been written on the subject, and they’re meant to help you avoid some of the costliest mistakes new investors tend to make. So, before you dive into the lucrative and wonderful world of real estate investing, read these books first. 

Set for Life by Scott Trench

Scott Trench is the CEO of Bigger Pockets and in Set for Life, he gives you his 3-step recipe for success.

Step 1 – save $25,000 by being frugal with your money.

Step2 – Turn $25,000 into $100,000 by house hacking (eliminating your housing costs)

Step 3 – achieve financial freedom by becoming a smart investor. In this step, Scott covers real estate investing as well as stock investing with a focus on tracking your investments. 

How to Invest in Real Estate by Brandon Turner

There are several ways you can invest in real estate, and the book titled appropriately enough, How to Invest in Real Estate by Brandon Turner fills you in on them all. From apartment investing to fixing and flipping, this book covers a wide array of real estate investing strategies anyone can use to secure financial freedom. 

Recession-Proof Real Estate Investing by J. Scott

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, there’s no better time to read Recession-Proof Real Estate Investing. Although this book was written in 2008 with a different recession looming, its principle rings true today. 

If you’re worried about a possible economic downturn on the horizon, read this book. You’ll come away armed with a wealth of knowledge that will help you weather any economic crisis. 

The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (or Low) Money Down by Brandon Turner

Another book written by real estate guru Brandon Turner, The Book on Investing in Real Estate with No (or Low) Money Down is one you don’t want to skip. If you’re looking to expand your portfolio without depleting your savings, this book divulges several non-traditional financing tools the author has used himself. 

What Every Real Estate Investor Need to Know about Cash Flow by Frank Gallinelli

Successful real estate investing – and this book – are all about the numbers. Sadly, however, many investors can’t calculate the numbers correctly, which can lead to costly mistakes. 

In this book, Frank details every financial formula and analysis used in real estate. He spells it all out and gives examples of each, making this book one every real estate investor – whether novice or expert – should have on their bookshelves for reference.