Whether you are looking to get started on a passive income stream or put down some roots, investing in real estate is not an adventure to leap into without doing your research.
Here is a list of — in our opinion — the best commercial real estate investing books for any average level reader and beginning investor.
The Book on Rental Property Investing
by Brandon Turner
Brandon Turner's "fast-track" to financial freedom with rental properties is one of the most popular real estate investing books out there with over half a million copies sold worldwide. This active real estate investor, BiggerPockets Podcast co-host, and best-selling author provides 400 pages on everything you need to know about real estate investing from creating a real estate investment plan and evaluating properties, to financing and building cash flow. Whether you are just beginning your real estate investing journey or own one hundred properties, The Book on Rental Property Investing provides great insight into how to be successful.
Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat
by David Greene
A title with a lot of real estate investing buzzwords. We love to see it.
David Greene, another co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast, dives into the BRRRR real estate investing strategy and why it may be the best one for finding financial independence sooner. In his book, you'll discover negotiation tactics for making offers under market value, ways to increase a rental property's worth, and how to find top talent to help you do it all.
What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow
by Frank Gallinelli
If you're looking for the numbers, formulas, and language with terms like "net present value", "cap rate", "profitability index", "return on equity", and more, then Frank Gallinelli's book is for you. Learn how to crunch the numbers by using detailed investment case studies. Why Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow remains a relevant staple among real estate investing books with updated information.
The Book on Tax Strategies for the Savvy Real Estate Investor
by Amanda Han and Matthew MacFarland
The Book on Tax Strategies for the Savvy Real Estate Investor. Think of it as THE tax guidebook. As an investor, it is easy to focus on the original financing and pending future payout of your real estate investment, but tax planning is a part of proper bookkeeping and investment success. That is why certified CPAs and real estate investors, Amanda Han and Matthew MacFarland, are informing readers about intricate tax laws and tax codes so you can creatively maximize current and future dedications on your property. Meaning: saving more and making more. While this book's primary target is novice real estate investors, it is helpful for our mid-level investors as well.
Millionaire Real Estate Investor
by Gary Keller, Dave Jenks, and Jay Papasan
Millionaire Real Estate Investor is the first in a trilogy covering all things investor fundamentals. It is a collection of experiences, learnings, and teachings from "100 millionaires from all walks of life who pursued financial wealth and achieved the life-changing freedom it delivers." Similar to learning from the mistakes of others, you get to learn from the successful strategies of others — sorry make that MILLIONAIRES. You will learn investing myths, investing mindsets, and investing must-dos from those who once walked in your shoes.
One Rental At A Time
by Michael Zuber
Michael Zuber's philosophy is that the difference between you and financial independence is four real estate properties. One Rental At A Time is him coaching you there with practical actionable steps and real-world examples. If you're looking for the tough love to tear down excuses for why your real estate investing hasn't begun, this book is for you.
Keepers of the Castle
by William J. Ferguson
Different from the previous best commercial real estate investing books, William J. Ferguson's Keepers of the Castle explores the 'soft skills' necessary for being successful in real estate investing. It focuses on top real estate investing gurus, their leadership attributes, and how they think in this popular and rapidly changing industry.
There is still time to meet that 2021 resolution of reading more books — and learn how to make money while doing it. Head over to your favorite local bookstore to shop for one of the best commercial real estate investing books today. Prefer LISTENING to the words of others instead? We got you: 7 Podcasts Commercial Real Estate Professionals Are Listening To
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