The best books to inspire and build great habits as a real estate investor

Marty Boardman Author Of Foreclosure Secrets: How I Built a 7-Figure Business Flipping Houses Most Investors Are Too Afraid to Buy
By Marty Boardman

Who am I?

I built a 7-figure business buying foreclosures in multiple states and with my book you’ll discover how to duplicate my success and drastically reduce your learning curve.  I've flipped hundreds of houses buying directly from homeowners in foreclosure and at auctions in Arizona, Illinois, and Wisconsin. I was guest #1 on the popular BiggerPockets podcast as well as a featured contributor to the website. I've also been featured in numerous real estate articles for USA Today, Reuters, and the Arizona Republic. And I'm the founder of FixandFlipHub.com, a real estate education company that has helped hundreds of real estate entrepreneurs start and scale their businesses.


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Foreclosure Secrets: How I Built a 7-Figure Business Flipping Houses Most Investors Are Too Afraid to Buy

By Marty Boardman,

Book cover of Foreclosure Secrets: How I Built a 7-Figure Business Flipping Houses Most Investors Are Too Afraid to Buy

What is my book about?

Many believe that buying foreclosures is a mysterious and risky enterprise that requires cash and inside sources with banks and lenders. They think only investors with deep pockets and specialized experience can take advantage of these opportunities.

In this book you’ll learn how it’s possible for anyone to buy houses from homeowners in foreclosure (even on the day of the auction)… How to buy at trustee’s sales or sheriff’s sales (depending on where you live)… And how to buy bank-owned homes… Without any special skills, tools, expensive software, or a lot of your own cash. Foreclosure Secrets is your blueprint for how to start and scale a foreclosure buying business in your hometown, or from long distance in another real estate market without making costly mistakes.

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Rich Dad Poor Dad

By Robert T. Kiyosaki,

Book cover of Rich Dad Poor Dad

Why this book?

Ever thought about quitting your 9-5 to become a full-time real estate investor? This is the book that inspired me to walk away from my job as a TV news cameraman back in 2002 to start a house flipping business. There isn’t much step-by-step strategy provided, but you’ll learn how to think and act like a real estate investor and business owner.


The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success

By Darren Hardy,

Book cover of The Compound Effect:  Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success

Why this book?

Are you consistently inconsistent? In other words, do you have a sincere desire to start real estate investing, or scale your current business, but are constantly veering off-course because life keeps getting in the way? Me too. In this book you’ll learn the importance of making small, daily decisions that will, over time, result in exponential growth in your personal and financial life.


Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

By James Clear,

Book cover of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Why this book?

Do you make financial goals for your real estate business? Maybe it’s a certain number of houses you want to flip a year? Or perhaps you have a passive income figure you want to reach? In James Clear’s book he writes that having goals are great, but what you should really be focused on are systems. He says that “goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.” In the book he provides steps for breaking bad habits, creating new ones, and systematizing your business.


How to Win Friends and Influence People

By Dale Carnegie,

Book cover of How to Win Friends and Influence People

Why this book?

Do you consider yourself to be a good listener? If you’re going to be a successful real estate investor you’ll often have to play the role of a therapist, teacher, negotiator, and counselor. I realized a long time ago that I talk way too much, which is never good when you’re trying to close a deal. In this book I learned why it’s so important to ask good questions and then shut my mouth. It’s helped me with negotiating with home sellers and in my marriage.


The Science of Influence: How to Get Anyone to Say "yes" in 8 Minutes or Less!

By Kevin Hogan,

Book cover of The Science of Influence: How to Get Anyone to Say "yes" in 8 Minutes or Less!

Why this book?

How do you feel about being a salesperson and influencer? Because if you’re going to be a real estate investor you must have basic sales and marketing skills. You’ll need them to raise capital, negotiate with buyers and sellers, and even to lease your properties if you’re a landlord. In Kevin Hogan’s book you’ll discover how people think and make their decisions. He writes, “once we know our prospects’ needs, wants, and desires are, we can use this information to prepare a message that firmly impresses on the mind how we can help them.”


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