20 Best Real Estate Investing Books for Beginners

Real Estate Investing Books: Investing in real estate can be very lucrative and has several advantages over other types of investments. Investing in real estate can provide the investor with a more diversified portfolio, which in turn will give her a higher return on investment. It can also give more stability and a better hedge against inflation. But, if you’re new to investing, you might not have anywhere to start the process.

Well, we have a selection of a well-balanced group of books that can give you a great start.  We hope that you enjoy our list of real estate investing books and they help you to grow your real estate holdings. These books will help you with investment strategies, house flipping, managing rental properties, and personal finance.

Real Estate Investing Books

The Book on Rental Property Investing: How to Create Wealth and Passive Income Through Smart Buy & Hold Real Estate Investing by Brandon Turner

In The Book on Rental Property Investing, real estate investor and co-host of the BiggerPockets Podcast Brandon Turner has one goal in mind: to give you every strategy, tool, tip, and technique needed to become a millionaire rental property investor―while helping you avoid the junk that pulls down so many wannabes!

Written for both new and experienced investors, this book will impart years of experience through the informative and entertaining lessons contained within. You’ll find practical, up-to-date, exciting strategies that investors across the world are using to build wealth and significant cash flow through rental properties.

How to Be a Real Estate Investor 1st Edition by Phil Pustejovsky

America’s most trusted real estate investing mentor and coach, Phil Pustejovsky, shows you step by step, how to be a real estate investor, regardless of how much money you have, your credit rating or your experience level. This book was created for anyone looking for a simple to read, easy to follow yet powerful real estate investment guide on how to be a successful real estate investor in today’s market.

Commercial Real Estate Investing For Dummies by Peter Conti

Thinking about becoming a commercial real estate investor? Commercial Real Estate Investing For Dummies covers the entire process, offering practical advice on negotiation and closing win-win deals and maximizing profit. From office buildings to shopping centers to apartment buildings, it helps you pick the right properties at the right time for the right price.
Yes, there is a fun and easy way to break into commercial real estate, and this is it. This comprehensive handbook has it all. You’ll learn how to find great properties, size up sellers, finance your investments, protect your assets, and increase your property’s value. You’ll discover the upsides and downsides of the various types of investments, learn the five biggest myths of commercial real estate investment, find out how to recession-proof your investment portfolio and more.

What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow... And 36 Other Key Financial Measures, Updated Edition by Frank Gallinelli

The Classic Guide to Real Estate Investing—Updated for a Re-energized Industry!

Real estate is once again a great investment, and this bestselling guide provides everything you need to know to get in now and make your fortune.

What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow removes the guesswork from investing in real estate by teaching you how to crunch numbers like a pro, so you can confidently judge a property’s value and ensure it provides long-term returns.

Real estate expert, Frank Gallinelli has added new, detailed investment case studies, while maintaining the essentials that have made his book a staple among serious investors.

The Book on Managing Rental Properties: A Proven System for Finding, Screening, and Managing Tenants With Fewer Headaches and Maximum Profit by Brandon Turner

No matter how great you are at finding good rental property deals, you could lose everything if you don’t manage your properties correctly! But being a landlord doesn’t have to mean middle-of-the-night phone calls, costly evictions, or daily frustrations with ungrateful tenants. Being a landlord can actually be fun IF you do it right.

That’s why Brandon and Heather Turner put together this comprehensive book that will change the way you think of being a landlord forever. Written with both new and experienced landlords in mind, The Book on Managing Rental Properties takes you on an insider tour of the Turners’ management business, so you can discover exactly how they’ve been able to maximize their profit, minimize their stress, and have a blast doing it!


How to Invest in Real Estate: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Getting Started by Brandon Turner

Next time someone asks you “How do I get started investing in real estate?” hand them this book and simply say, “START HERE.”
Everyone knows real estate investing can be a powerful way to build wealth and achieve true financial freedom. But because each person’s journey is different, the best way to get started is shrouded in opinions, high-pressure sales, and mystery.
That’s why two of the biggest names in the real estate world teamed up to write the most comprehensive manual ever written on getting started in the lucrative business of real estate investing. In How to Invest in Real Estate: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide, Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner, longtime hosts of the world’s #1 real estate podcast – The BiggerPockets Podcast – give you a deep-yet-wide look at the many different niches and strategies that exist so you can find what works best for you, your resources, and your goals.

Build a Rental Property Empire: The no-nonsense book on finding deals, financing the right way, and managing wisely by Mark Ferguson

Learn the best way to invest in rental properties in this 300 plus page book written by real estate investor Mark Ferguson (owns more than 100,000 sqft of rentals). This book gives you the exact details on how to finance, find, analyze, manage, and even sell rental properties. Where other books lack the details on how to actually make money in real estate, this book is all about the details. It is written by someone who has been investing in real estate for over 15 years and is still investing today.

If you are having trouble figuring out how to find the right properties, how to finance them, where to buy properties, or how to buy with little cash, this books tells you how to overcome those obstacles. If you can’t find your answer in the book, Mark even gives away his email address where you can ask him directly.


Real Estate Investing Gone Bad: 21 true stories of what NOT to do when investing in real estate and flipping houses by Phil Pustejovsky

Discover 21 true stories of real estate investing deals that went terribly wrong and the lessons you can learn from them. The cost of these “deals gone bad” total millions of dollars in losses, years of unproductive activity and incalculable emotional stress. However, you’ll obtain the enormous benefits of the powerful and profitable learning lessons from these 21 mishaps without the costs! You’re about to gather lifelong, extremely valuable real estate investment and house flipping wisdom that has taken others a lifetime and a fortune to learn. This book is a must read for anyone planning to be or is already a real estate investor because you’ll find out what NOT to do in real estate.

Long-Distance Real Estate Investing How to Buy, Rehab, and Manage Out-of-State Rental Properties by David Greene

Are you interested in real estate investing but there is nothing to buy that makes sense where you live? Are you tired of seeing the amazing success of others investing in markets better suited for buy and hold real estate and wish that could be you? Do you want to take advantage of wealth-building opportunities but are frustrated by the fact there just isn’t any way to do that until the next market crash?
Real estate investing is one of the greatest vehicles to build wealth, but it doesn’t make sense in every market.
Some locations provide incredible returns, while others make it almost impossible to find a single property that profits. Traditionally, investing out of state has been considered risky and unwise. 

The E-Myth Real Estate Investor by Michael E. Gerber, Than Merrill, Paul Esajian

Leading a real estate investment business can seem like a daunting task, with too few hours in the day, too many petty management issues, and constant fires that have to be put out. The E-Myth Real Estate Investor offers you a road map to create a real estate investment business that’s self-sufficient, growing, and highly profitable. Take your business to levels you didn’t think possible with this unique guide

How to Invest In Real Estate The perfect beginner's guide to creating wealth and passive income without making mistakes by Robert Waller

If you want to learn about how to make real estate properties an investment option that will create a lucrative passive income, then keep reading
Whether you are a first-time real estate investor, it should not hold you back from acquiring the understanding and the tools that make investing in real estate properties an avenue that you can explore as a profitable endeavor
What’s inside this book?
You will find information in this book that are vital, including financing options, investment strategies, and the how and why research is the key to finding the right location to invest in your property. These information are aimed to supply you with all the material and tools you need to achieve your real estate goals with success
What you’ll learn?
You will learn the things that make investing in real estate is a good option and how you’ll be able to apply investment strategies that most experienced investors use for their properties and employ to achieve profitability

THE ART OF WHOLESALING PROPERTIES How to Buy and Sell Real Estate without Cash or Credit by Aram Shah, Alex Virelles

The Art of Wholesaling Properties: How to Buy and Sell Real Estate without Cash or Credit distills the experiences of two of the nation’s largest real estate wholesalers who, all told, have flipped over one thousand homes. Aram Shah and Alex Virelles present a step-by-step guide that explains how others may replicate their proven methods in their own wholesaling ventures
Reading this book will give investors the A-to-Z insights they need for cashing in on the fastest and most profitable ways to flip paper in the real estate market. Moving along a strategic step at a time, The Art of Wholesaling Properties explains how to
• make offers that actually get accepted; • find hidden, motivated sellers; • use a real estate agent to find gold mines through the MLS; • build a strong list of cash buyers; • negotiate with sellers using proven and tested scripts; • assign or double close on properties; • master the A-B, B-C transaction; • deploy a team and put the business on autopilot; and • achieve financial freedom without using cash or credit!
If you find the prospects of making money exciting, if you get the feeling there is wealth hidden in the real estate market in your community, and if you desire to learn demonstrably successful techniques to apply in your own ventures, then The Art of Wholesaling Properties: How to Buy and Sell Real Estate without Cash or Credit will give you the guidance and education you need to begin wholesaling homes and generating profits without using your own cash or credit

Mastering the Art of Commercial Real Estate Investing How to Successfully Build Wealth and Grow Passive Income from Your Rental Properties by Doug Marshall CCIM

Mastering the Art of Commercial Real Estate Investing is a comprehensive guide about the time-proven principles and common-sense practices for successfully investing in real estate. Do you want to supplement your current income by investing in commercial real estate? Better yet, would you like to someday quit your day job and devote your energies exclusively to your rental properties? With over 35 years of commercial real estate experience, including a decade of personally investing in rental properties, real estate finance and investment expert Doug Marshall has explored every aspect of the commercial real estate process.

The Million Dollar Real Estate Team How I Went from Zero to Earning $1 Million after Expenses in Three Years by Chris Watters, Bradley Pounds

Ever feel like you can’t jump off the real estate merry-go-round of listing appointments, property showings and one transactional fire after another? Do you want to build a team that can operate without your day-to-day involvement, but don’t know where to begin? If you’re like thousands of other successful agents, you probably feel like you’re producing as much as you can as a sole operator, but moving from ‘Captain Everything’ to an ownership mentality sounds too daunting. Contained in this book is a step-by-step business plan with simple, unambiguous directions on which steps to take and in what order.
Learn from Chris Watters and Bradley Pounds how they scaled their business at a breakneck pace and earned a profit of over $1 million in just three years.

Real Estate Rentals How to Create a Passive Income with Rental Real Estate Investment and Why You Need to Learn it Quickly Before the Market Changes Robert Property, by Brandon Keller

Do you want to learn the real estate rental business quickly and in simple words? Do you want to invest your savings without too much risk? Do you want to learn a profession that gives you passive income?
This book is going to help you realize what you have to do to break into the real estate industry before the market changes. The real estate market is a tricky thing and it can be very fickle. This book is going to be your go-to guide for understanding how this market works and how you can use it to your advantage
This book is going to teach you why investing in the bond market isn’t as beneficial as investing in rental properties is a better option for you instead. Investing your time and money into rentals is much better for you and we help you understand exactly why
By learning the tips in this book you’ll be able to save money for your retirement and make sure that you won’t be someone working 16 hour days when you should be able to rest and enjoy yourself

Get Your Real Estate Strategies for Your Real Estate Investing In real estate business, you have to do your own strategy. by Ted Income

In writing Get Your Real Estate Strategies for Your Real Estate Investing Life, the intent is to cover all the topics that beginners need to know
In this book, you find discussions about Different Types of Real Estate Strategies, risk management, choosing the best broker, mistakes that you make as an investor and many more. You will gain a lot of knowledge to start creating wealth in real estate.
This is for readers who wish to understand real estate investment step-by-step, with the conclusion being closing of the deal. After this book, you can read more from the other titles in the series

Investing in Rental Properties for Beginners Buy Low, Rent High by Lisa Phillips

Do you have a dream of being a wealthy real estate investor but absolutely don’t want to be a stressed out landlord dealing with an array of bad tenants, repair calls in the middle of the night, and empty units?
What if I told you rental property investing can be easy, stress free, and effortless?
What if you could purchase a rental property for less than the cost of a souped-up Lexus?
What if financial freedom was only 2-5 rental properties away?
Most real estate gurus are teaching people to invest in real estate they can’t afford and telling them to wait to enjoy their profits in 30 years
This book is about investing in sub $30k properties (under $30,000) and becoming a wealthy real estate investor enjoying the profits now, rather than later…with only 2-5 properties instead of hundreds or overly priced properties
Building a rental property empire shouldn’t be a tough job, you shouldn’t have to worry about toilet bowl calls in the middle of the night, and you shouldn’t pay more than $40k (on average) for your property

Dictionary of Real Estate Terms by Jack P. Friedman Ph.D, Jack C. Harris Ph.D, J. Bruce Lindeman Ph.D

Need to know real estate jargon? This quick-reference guide can help.
Home buyers and sellers, as well as real estate professionals, investors, and attorneys can rely on this quick-reference source. More than 3,000 terms and definitions cover topics that include appraisal, architectural styles, brokerage, construction, development, environmental finance, mortgage types, zoning regulations, and much more. Includes graphs, charts, and line art.