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This new guide to real estate investing by Symon He touches on all aspects of this industry—from property analysis to the intricacies of commercial real estate investing. He walks readers through the first steps of how to look for the right properties, how to manage day-to-day activities as a landlord or passive investor , and explaining the responsibilities of safely investing, both actively and passively. He offers a balanced approach to navigating the world of real estate investing , explaining complicated topics to beginners while including insights that will appeal to even the savviest of investors.
Phillips' writing is very approachable. She breaks down complex real estate topics into simple, easy-to-understand actionable plans. This book is designed for individuals who may not have thought of becoming a landlord was a possibility. Phillips shares strategies on how to better analyze properties so you can quickly calculate risk and potential growth opportunities.
This book also offers insight on managing several properties while also contributing to the community. The Book on Rental Property Investing offers an objective view of common real estate strategies, allowing you to decide which method best suits your lifestyle, financial goals, and current budget. Turner, who started flipping houses at age 21 and currently co-hosts the BiggerPockets podcast, also places a large focus on strategic planning to ensure you go into any investment decision armed with the tools and information needed.
As certified CPAs and real estate investors, Amanda Han and Matthew MacFarland offer first-hand insight and advice on how real estate and investing taxes work, providing the foundation you need before you invest. This tax guidebook is targeted at novice real estate investors but can be helpful to mid-level investors as well.
Han and MacFarland draw real-world examples to explain complex tax laws, making it easy for readers with no background in real estate, investing, or finance to understand tax codes and make decisions that will favor them financially.
This book details each step of his process, including how to start or scale your real estate portfolio, from managing single-family properties to plus unit apartment complexes. This comprehensive guide to house flipping also features a thorough explanation of terms, methodologies, and examples.
Real estate investor Michael Blank shows you how to take the steps needed to earn a lucrative income through real estate. This book is designed for new investors, those currently managing properties, and passive investors. Micheal Blank is a top expert in apartment building investing. This book was ranked No.
Blank claims that he can put you onto a path to financial freedom managing rental properties within three to five years if you do the research, follow the steps, and put in the effort. And that is the three categories, buckets, or areas of creating wealth. And that makes money, grows your money and protects your money. So anyway, stick to the original edition. It is the original uncensored version of the book, the language of the content, and the message from the author. George S Clason, I believe that's how you pronounce his last name.
And this book was actually written in So it's way back there. Now, fast-forward to the recent past as in the 21st century, the next book I'm sure many of you are familiar with, but probably most of you are not a book by Darren Hardy called The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success. This book reveals the core principles that drive success and The Compound Effect book contains the essence of what every super achiever needs to know practice and master to obtain those extraordinary results, extraordinary success.
So in this book, they talk about things like how to win almost every time, the number one strategy to achieve any goal and triumph over your competition. It really is a book to help separate and differentiate yourself.
It talks about eradicating bad habits and we all have bad habits. And often those derail your progress. It talks about the real lasting keys to motivation, kind of like what Tony Robbins talks about, but more so. And that is how to get yourself to do things you don't feel like doing. And I know we're all there at various times of the day, the week, the month, how to capture that elusive awesome force of momentum.
Because once you get going, you feel like you want to keep going. You don't want to stop because once you get going, it's almost hard to stop, and talks about many other things and something he refers to as the acceleration secrets of super achievers. So The Compound Effect has a great title because small successes compounding on small successes lead to larger successes, which continue to compound on themselves.
And so once you have that momentum, it continues to grow. But if you're serious about living an extraordinary life, then read this book. It will help to create the success that you desire. My third book pick here is from Brendon Burchard, someone who I had on the show, not too long ago, I think it was about a year, year, and a half ago. Great guy. In fact, our interview went so long. I had to split that episode into two parts. So you could look for that episode. And I believe it was called High-Performance Habits, which happens to be about the book that he wrote.
One of his last books is called High Performance Habits. How extraordinary people become that way. So 20 years ago, or so Brendan became obsessed with answering three questions. He wanted to know why do some individuals and teams succeed quickly more quickly than others, and actually sustain that success over the long term. You wanted to find out of those people who actually pull it off, why are some miserable?
And then the other group are consistently happy on their journey. And thirdly, you wanted to know what motivates people to reach for higher levels of success in the first place. And then what practices help them improve the most. So after doing some extensive, original research that he does in his own company, and after a decade, as the world's leading high performance, coach Brandon found the answers to these three questions.
And it turns out that just six deliberate habits give you that edge. Now he says that anyone can practice these habits. And when they do extraordinary things happen in their lives, in their relationships, in their careers, it really is a good book. It is definitely well worth reading regardless of what you do in terms of your job or career, business, or practice.
It really is a book on becoming a high performer. And to become a high performer, you must seek clarity. Clarity is so critically important. You have to know how to generate energy. You have to know how to raise necessities, increase your productivity, develop influence, and then lastly demonstrate courage.
And this is what he talks about in the book. So it's really the art and the science of how to do it all. And that's what you're going to learn by reading this book or listening to the audio. So those are my three picks and believe me in this category about mindset, literally, there are over a thousand books. I mean, there is so much out there from Brian, Tracy to Tony Robbins and you name it.
But these three are, I think very, very fundamental. That's the first category. The second category is finance and investing. And again, this is one of those sections where there are literally hundreds of books. And again, it's hard to narrow it down, but it wasn't too hard for me to pick. What I feel are probably the three cornerstone books, regardless of how experienced you are how much, you know, how seasoned you are, or how wealthy you are. Because the fundamentals and the principles found in these three next books are great as a refresher.
I'm sure you're going to read it. And there are things that you never knew before, and it's just great additional knowledge. So the first one is probably no surprise to anybody. I'm sure most of you have read this at some point in the last 22 years, it's been that long, but many of you know of it. So it is Rich Dad, Poor Dad , what the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class do not buy. Obviously, Robert Kiyosaki, this book has since become the number one personal finance book of all time.
It's been translated into dozens of languages and it's been sold all around the world. I'm not even sure how many millions of copies this book has sold, but it has become a modern-day classic finance classic. So Rich Dad, Poor Dad is Robert's story of growing up with two dads, his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad.
And it talks about how both of these men, his fathers shaped his thoughts about money and investing. So the book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income, to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having money work for you. And that's a key distinction. And a lot of the book builds upon that concept, but the book is great because it challenges the belief that your house is an asset, which most people still believe to this day.
It is not, it is a liability. And if you don't know why to read the book, it shows why parents rely on the school system to teach their kids about money and why that's a mistake in that. Doesn't actually work. It defines once and for all, what an asset and a liability truly are.
It makes simple definitions for this stuff. And it teaches you what to teach your kids about money for their future. So if you're a parent listening to this and you want to help your children become financially literate and increase their financial IQ, this is a foundational book. It's one of the starting books if you will. So the second book, no surprise is going to be the second book in what is essentially a three-part series of the Rich Dad series of books.
This was the second book. So rich dad's cash flow quadrant is a guide to financial freedom. It picks up where the last book left off first book, rich dad, poor dad. So as the second book in the rich dad series, reveals how some people work less, earn more, pay less in taxes, and learn to become financially free. So cash flow quadrant was written for those people who are ready to move beyond what they feel is job security.
And I say that in air quotes and enter the world of financial freedom. It's for those people who want to make significant changes in their lives and take control of their financial future because this is more of the how-to Rich Dad, Poor Dad was more of the foundational book, kind of laid out the principles and the concepts and some of the definitions that you need to know such as a profit and loss statement, a balance sheet, how money flows and all that, this builds on top of that.
Robert believes that the reason most people struggle financially is that they've spent years in school, but we're never taught about money. And Robert's rich. Dad taught him that this lack of financial education is why so many people work so hard. All their lives it's to work for money, instead of learning how to make money work for them, they basically just work for money.
So this book will change the way you think about your job, your career, owning your own business. And hopefully, it will inspire you to learn these rules of money that the rich use all the time to build and grow their wealth. The third book again, no surprises. It's not going to be a shocker. It's really the third book in that rich dad series. And these books work well together.
They're built to be stacked on top of each other. So investing obviously means some different things to different people. And there is a huge between passive investing and becoming an actively engaged investor. And one is not better than the other. There's no right or wrong. We're both at different times in our lives. And it also depends on what we're actually doing. We're always going to be active or passive investors.
Usually, we're both, but you just need to understand the distinction there, becoming an active investor means you're an engaged investor. And so there's a lot of power in that. So rich dad's guide to investing is one of the three core titles in this series. And it covers the basic rules of investing, how to reduce your risk in investing, how to convert that earned income you get from your active job or career, and turn that into passive income.
And he talks about something he refers to as rich dad's 10 investor controls. And this is where he gets into the weeds gets deep into the concepts of investing. So the rich dad philosophy makes a key distinction between managing your money and growing it and understanding the key principles of investing is the first step towards creating and growing wealth.
So this book delivers guidance. You need to help begin that process of becoming an investor and stay on that road till you get to that point of financial freedom. It's really more of a guide. In fact, the title says it is all rich dad's guide to investing. All right, well, those are the three books in the finance and investing category, and it's really the trio, the three rich dad series books, the initial or the original books. Now let's talk about real estate investing for beginners. So this was a little bit challenging for me.
In this category, I ultimately decided on four bucks instead of three for this now keep in mind, even though I'm calling it real estate investing for beginners, these books apply to almost everybody. Even if you are a seasoned or an experienced investor, there's a lot of stuff you can learn from these books.
If not every chapter, certainly some of the chapters in these books and the first one is really not a book at all. In fact, it is my ebook that has been a free download on our websites for the last probably 10 years, which has been downloaded literally tens of thousands of times. And I wrote this 40, page ebook as a primer for people to understand the key concepts and key components of investing in real estate, leaning towards passive investing, meaning buy and hold, not flipping real estate, or to actively involved.
It's really about building a portfolio, creating wealth, creating passive income, and learning the fundamental key pieces. So it is really a great primer. So you read it, it's a great starting point, but then you build on top of it with these other books. So The Ultimate Guide to Passive Real Estate Investing the free download on our website is really about the most powerful way to accumulate wealth.
This guide that I wrote has been written to help educate all real estate investors, regardless of their experience level. And again, it's a primer. It talks about the advantages of income-generating real estate, how to analyze properties, key metrics, cash flow returns, what to look for in the quick test to see if a deal is worth even pursuing. So it's kind of like the smell test, if you will, how to choose some of the best markets and neighborhoods. I try to pack it all in there.
There's no fluff. It's just crammed with good information. So if you haven't downloaded a copy or read it, go ahead and do so. I'm going to be updating that soon to kind of a version 2. And I'll just tighten up a few things in there based on today's economy and environment, but not much has changed because principles don't change. All right. This book was written by Brandon Turner. He's got several books. I've picked a couple of his and this book is great if you're starting and good if you're a moderate level investor.
So everyone knows that real estate investing can be a powerful way to build wealth and achieve true financial freedom. But because each person's journey is going to be a little different knowing the first steps to take is challenging for some people. So what this book does, it becomes a manual of sorts on getting started in real estate investing. It gives you essentially an insider's look at the many different niches and strategies that exist.
So it's not all about passive real estate investing. It's got a little bit of everything and it just kind of help to paint pictures. In other words, it shows you the landscape and then you can choose your path. So what you can do is find which strategy and path work best for you, and then help you build the resources and the goals around that.
Unlike most real estate books, this one won't tell you that there's any one secret path, okay. It is considered by many one of the best books on real estate investing. There's more than one path to success in real estate, but it has more than 40 real-life stories in the book from other investors on how they achieve success in real estate investing. And I'm sure you're going to be able to relate to many of those stories. There are a lot of similarities, but there are differences between every person and every story.
And this is by one of the rich dad advisors, Ken McElroy. He is a sharp guy. You know, I've talked to him in the past. I've had him on the show at one point and you know, I like his content. Now he's really a big real estate guy. He's focused primarily on big multi-family apartment complexes, but he did start with, you know, small real estate, single-family homes. And that doesn't mean that there's a migration path here. Some people will start with, you know, multi-units and apartments and work their way down to single families, duplexes, and fourplexes, and other people do the other way around.
And while other people just stick with one and stay with it. So you can create wealth and passive income with every size and type of real estate. But with his book on the ABCs of real estate investing, he kind of geared it more towards the people who are just getting started in the beginners and just real estate investing. Think of it like real estate investing one Oh one, but he talks about things on achieving wealth and cash flow using real estate.
You know, what a property is potential is how to unlock the myths that float around real estate for people who are seasoned, how to negotiate deals, evaluate properties and the purchase price, how to increase the income on a property, and ways to properly manage a property.
Now he doesn't get into property management in any depth in this book, it just touches upon it. He actually has another book on that topic, which I'll talk about here in a minute. And then the fourth, if you will, fourth and last book in this category is Long-Distance Real Estate Investing. Now I love that title. He doesn't get too deep into it, but it is a good book.
It's by David Green. It's one of the bigger pockets series books. But you know, what he talks about is living in a hot market or a market that's not suited for buying hold investing because it's just unaffordable too expensive. The numbers don't work, whatever the case is, but he poses the question.
Well, how do I take advantage of building wealth in real estate? When I live in a market that I can't invest in, it's impossible, or how do I avoid, you know, market fluctuations or the next market crash. So we know real estate investing is one of the greatest vehicles for creating wealth, but you need to understand how to choose markets and be able to be nimble and agnostic.
And this is stuff I talk about on the podcast all the time, and this is what he talks about in the book. I just wish he would get more deep into the concept of done for you and rent, ready properties, and turnkey properties. He touches upon it. But to be completely honest with you guys, I have always found since the beginning of bigger pockets in , they've always had a bias towards turnkey, real estate investing, and passive real estate investing in general.
They are certainly of the active, real estate investing flavor. They certainly believe in buying, fixing, and creating value on properties. It seems that to me, that most, if not all of their content, either excludes conversations about turnkey investing, buying properties that are essentially rent-ready. So you don't have to do any fix-up or renovation work. They're all about putting in sweat equity to create value. That's fine, but that's not for everybody. And we all know that a lot of us are busy.