7 Books Every Real Estate Investor Need on His or Her Shelves

Whether it’s inspiration, strategy, or a step-by-step process that you need, the best way to find it is from people with experience.

The real estate investing industry is booming with opportunity. However, it can be confusing trying to figure out where—or how—to start or even continue. Many people have been in your shoes before, and some of them have turned into millionaires from taking the right steps and implementing the right strategies. You, too, can foster a fortune, and you can learn how to do so from those who did it before you. These seven books on real estate are must-reads for everybody interested or involved in investing:

  1. The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller
    Rather than talking about one specific person, Gary Keller discusses the concept of the millionaire real estate investor. Drawing on stories and advice from over one hundred different millionaire investors from various backgrounds, he developed this easy-to-read and comprehensive guide to help people like you learn the fundamental principles of building wealth. Packed with the most fool-proof strategies, The Millionaire Real Estate Investor is your handbook to building your wealth from real estate.
  2. The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump and Tony Schwartz
    Donald Trump is a highly controversial figure in today’s day and age, but one thing is true: he knows how to make money. In The Art of the Deal, Trump and Tony Schwartz outline the investor’s guidelines for success and how he sells deals; they break down the components of all his accomplishments and identify the recurring components, indicating that there is, in fact, a formula for success. Whether you want to be a billionaire or just want to take a look into Trump’s train of thought, The Art of the Deal is a must-read.
  3. Selling to Homeowners The Sandler Way by Kim Booker
    Many people working in sales have heard of the Sandler Selling System, a strategy which has been proven to work in almost every in-home setting with any product or service—but selling to homeowners is different. It can be a lot more difficult, especially since some homeowners intend to live there for the rest of their lives. Kim Booker teaches you how to apply the Sandler Selling System across countless industries and even how to use it to improve your performance.
  4. Building Wealth One House at a Time by John Schaub
    In Building Wealth One House at a Time, John Schaub provides an ethical and practical approach to accumulating your fortune through real estate. His nine-step program illustrates how you can amass one million dollars’ worth of houses—debt-free. Using fresh strategies and current information, Schaub walks you through the best methods for buying and financing properties so that you can earn enough income to last you a lifetime.
  5. Building Wealth by Russ Whitney
    Originally, Russ Whitney was a high school dropout who earned his pay working in a slaughterhouse day-to-day. Now, he is a millionaire investor and entrepreneur. In Building Wealth, Whitney opens up about his journey to millionaire-status and the decisions he made to get there. Emphasizing the fact that the real estate market is booming with opportunity, he covers a wide range of topics to comprise this guide to making a fortune.
  6. How I Turned $1,000 into Five Million in Real Estate in My Spare Time by William Nickerson
    Having the ability to generate loads of money without making it your entire life is practically everybody’s dream—and for William Nickerson, it is a dream come true. Opportunities in today’s real estate market are better than ever before, and with Nickerson’s basic investment formula, you too can make a fortune. In what some called the “Real Estate Bible,” Nickerson tells his story of success and uses it to explain than any average man or woman can become a multi-millionaire with the right plan of action.
  7. The Real Estate Game: The Intelligent Guide To Decisionmaking And Investment by William J. Poovru
    Backed by over forty years of experience developing, owning, and managing properties and over thirty years of teaching at Harvard Business School, William J. Poovru offers and insider’s perspective into navigating the world of real estate. In his book, he frames the market as a game, and the players are the people in the industry. He spares no important details in explaining all the variables of a real estate deal and provides a simple yet effective technique for analyzing the pros and cons of a deal. The Real Estate Game is a great—and fun—introduction to real estate investing, as well as a great resource for experienced pros looking to learn more.

Gita Faust

About the Author

Gita Faust has over 30 years of accounting experience in the real estate and property management industry, Gita Faust is more than just a real estate investor; she is also popular for her work as an accountant, consultant, mentor, speaker, QuickBooks Top ProAdvisor, QuickBooks Solution Provider, member of Intuit’s Trainer/Writer Network, and, of course, author. Gita is well-known for her exemplary leadership and advisory skills. In fact, she even helped pioneer the adaptation of QuickBooks to suit the needs of professionals in real estate and property management. To share her knowledge she has written a series of courses titled Simplified Accounting Solution, which provides step-by-step guidance for those working with QuickBooks.

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