The most recommended real estate books

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Book cover of A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida

Marcia Chatelain Author Of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

From my list on racial capitalism.

Who am I?

Anytime we imagine ourselves to be smarter or more clever than Madison Avenue or sponsored content on your social media feeds or a well-designed advertisement a nostalgia unlocking tweet will prove you wrong. We are all vulnerable to their manipulations, and it is from this belief that I explore the histories, the conflicts, and the techniques that strengthen capitalism’s hold on our imaginations. And yet, despite the lures of the marketplace, I believe that people can come together and outmaneuver corporations and their enablers. Whether it’s a fast-food restaurant that crashed and burned in the 1980s or the most popular toy of 1973 or failed TV spinoffs, I see these cultural contributions as rich texts to understand race, gender, and American identities.

Marcia's book list on racial capitalism

Marcia Chatelain Why did Marcia love this book?

I love Miami, and I was immediately drawn to this stunning look at the relationship between the making of the cosmopolitan Miami we know today and the history of racial exclusion in the South. Before the high rises, the posh beach resorts, fine dining restaurants, and internationally renowned nightlife, South Florida epitomized all the forces of American history: conflict and negotiation with indigenous populations, reliance on immigrant populations, racially restrictive covenants, and powerbrokers of all colors looking to profit from real estate.

By N.D.B. Connolly,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A World More Concrete as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Many people characterize urban renewal projects and the power of eminent domain as two of the most widely despised and often racist tools for reshaping American cities in the postwar period. In A World More Concrete, N. D. B. Connolly uses the history of South Florida to unearth an older and far more complex story. Connolly captures nearly eighty years of political and land transactions to reveal how real estate and redevelopment created and preserved metropolitan growth and racial peace under white supremacy. Using a materialist approach, he offers a long view of capitalism and the color line, following much…


Book cover of Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor

William J. Poorvu Author Of The Real Estate Game: The Intelligent Guide to Decisionmaking and Investment

From my list on real estate and wealth-building.

Who am I?

Bill Poorvu is a successful real estate investor and developer who for 35 years headed the real estate program at Harvard Business School, where he taught several generations of students, many of whom went on to become industry leaders. He is also one of the founders of the Baupost Group, a Boston-based investment firm that is considered one of the savviest hedge funds in the world, with some $30 billion in assets under management.

William's book list on real estate and wealth-building

William J. Poorvu Why did William love this book?

If you are now in a position to invest your money broadly. Margin of Safety presents legendary investor Seth's Klarman's views on risk-adjusted investments in several asset classes, including real estate. He focuses on understanding the underlying values of a specific opportunity, and his consistent emphasis on taking the longer-term view is especially relevant to the property world. Now I will frustrate you by reporting that MOS is long out of print, and the used copies that are available online are...very, very expensive. If you can’t find it or afford it, look for Seth’s interviews on YouTube, and a short but interesting New Yorker interview.

By Seth A. Klarman,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Margin of Safety as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Investors are all too often lured by the prospect of instant millions and fall prey to the many fads of Wall Street. The myriad approaches they adopt offer little or no real prospect for long-term success and invariably run the risk of considerable economic loss - they resemble speculation or outright gambling, not a coherent investment program. But value investing - the strategy of investing in securities trading at an appreciable discount from underlying value - has a long history - has a long history of delivering excellent investment results with limited downside risk. Taking its title from Benjamin Graham's…


Book cover of Killer Transaction

Denise Swanson Author Of Murder of a Smart Cookie

From my list on feel good mysteries.

Who am I?

As a former school psychologist and author of over 45 books, I love reading about characters that are likable, plots that are believable, and settings that I want to visit. My years as a psychologist make it easy to spot poorly written characters that don’t ring true. It is also my years as a psychologist that makes me enjoy a light, humorous read with a guaranteed happy ending.

Denise's book list on feel good mysteries

Denise Swanson Why did Denise love this book?

Catherine Bruns’ first book in her new series features a refreshingly new kind of sleuth. Cindy York is an ordinary woman in her 40s with a supportive husband, twin sons, and a typical teenage daughter. There are several wonderful laugh-aloud moments. The violence is off-page, the plot is well done with the reason for murder revealed at the right time. I loved the animals in the story.

By Catherine Bruns,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Killer Transaction as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Real estate deals can be murder.

All struggling real estate agent Cindy York wants is the home listing that was promised to her. Her deceitful co-worker, Tiffany Roberts, has other ideas, and she always manages to get what she wants. Tired of being manipulated, Cindy tells her to back off - or else! But when Cindy stumbles upon Tiffany’s lifeless body, she suddenly finds herself front and center in a deadly investigation. Now everyone from her kids' classmates to her monstrous mother-in-law is sold on the idea that Cindy's guilty. Determined to find out who's trying to frame her, Cindy…


Book cover of The Amnesia Experiment: A Young Adult Dystopian Novel

Aella Black Author Of Lock Down

From my list on YA about experiments gone wrong.

Who am I?

I am a former book editor turned writer and a lover of literature in all forms. Young adult literature will forever be my favorite. Though I’m no longer “young,” I have two teenagers who love YA as much as I do and we bond over these stories. Since one prefers contemporary & urban fantasy, and the other likes dystopian & epic fantasy, I read a lot of everything! I particularly enjoy books with characters who triumph over extreme adversity, and if you do too, then you'll like the books on this list.

Aella's book list on YA about experiments gone wrong

Aella Black Why did Aella love this book?

This YA dystopian novel is not only written by an indie author…but a high school student! For that reason alone, I think it’s worth giving the book a try. I love a good fairytale retelling, and this one is a sci-fi version of Cinderella. Also, I’ve always been fascinated by memory loss and its profound effects on someone’s life—this story explores that in spades. It’s obvious this young author has a bright future, and I’m excited to watch her writing evolve as she grows older.

By Caroline Wei,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Amnesia Experiment as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The world has been fractured by World War III, leaving the major continents uninhabitable. In Niveus, the only country with real land, a morbid experiment is being executed. Inside the Cube are two hundred men, women, and children with total memory loss who must undergo five mysterious and critically dangerous Trials. One of these is Alle, who must fight to survive while trying to escape an enemy she doesn't remember. Meanwhile, everyone she is trying to protect—including a handsome teammate—is at risk. The cards on the table include murder, palace intrigue, a pair of glass slippers, and power matches between…


Book cover of The Go-Giver

Grant Muller Author Of Top of Heart: How a new approach to business saved my life, and could save yours too

From my list on business that won’t bore you to death.

Who am I?

I’ve been in love with business books since I was a child and I’m also a big fan of great story telling. I didn’t realize until recently that you can have both in one book! Discovering this genre of business books that inspire and delight while passing along new and useful insights was a wonderful surprise for me that I like to share with others. These gripping stories have opened up a whole new world for me and allowed me to learn and apply their lessons much more quickly. It’s simply more fun and easier to remember new wisdom when it’s carried forward in gripping stories.   

Grant's book list on business that won’t bore you to death

Grant Muller Why did Grant love this book?

As a young real estate agent, I had heard it a million times: “Real estate is a relationship business”.

I understood this in theory, but I had no idea how to put this wisdom into practice. Then I read The Go-Giver and everything changed for me. Through a truly compelling story about the protagonist Joe, I learned about the 5 laws of Stratospheric Success.

I couldn’t put this fascinating book down and I read the whole thing in an afternoon.

The 5 laws forever changed the way I see business, sales, and life. I’ve gone on to surpass my wildest dreams in business and I owe so much of my success (and joy) to this special little book!

By Bob Burg, John David Mann,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Go-Giver as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Now with a foreword by Arianna Huffington

'This terrific book wonderfully illuminates the principles of contribution, abundance, service and success' Stephen Covey, bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

'Most people don't have the guts to buy this book, never mind the will to follow through and actually use it. But you do. And I'm certain that you'll be glad you did' Seth Godin, bestselling author of This is Marketing

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if…


Book cover of Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Arthur VanDam Author Of Save Money on Groceries: 327 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bills and More

From my list on personal finance that make building wealth easy.

Who am I?

I love helping people save money in creative ways, build wealth, and gain financial freedom. Thankfully, my Dad taught me how to budget when I was 12 years old. My accounting professor used a ski lift as a way to analyze business profitability. I could visualize that! At Citibank, I found that people were overwhelmed with their finances and Wall Street was confusing. I’m a CPA and MBA in Finance. I love writing, sharing examples, and finding straightforward ways to help people save money and build wealth. These experiences showed me how to make my money work for me. I show you how to make your money work for you!

Arthur's book list on personal finance that make building wealth easy

Arthur VanDam Why did Arthur love this book?

One of my favorite personal finance classics. The core principle to getting rich is the choices you make.

Author Robert Kiyosaki emphasizes the importance of taking control of your finances and investing today to build wealth for tomorrow. Anyone can apply these principles and techniques in their life. The author explains growing up with two Dads – his real father and his best friend’s father. Essentially, his blood father spent all his money. His friend’s father budgeted and invested for his family’s future.

He presents ways to earn income—real estate, stocks, bonds, or businesses. With effort and prudence, you can implement this model. He emphasizes that ‘street smarts’ and common sense must be added to school education. Readers will gain a solid understanding of assets, liabilities, and net worth, which is essential to building wealth. 

By Robert T. Kiyosaki,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Rich Dad, Poor Dad as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Personal finance author and lecturer Robert T. Kiyosaki developed his unique economic perspective from two very different influences - his two fathers. One father (Robert's real father) was a highly educated man but fiscally poor. The other father was the father of Robert's best friend - that Dad was an eighth-grade drop-out who became a self-made multi-millionaire. The lifelong monetary problems experienced by his 'poor dad' pounded home the counterpoint communicated by his 'rich dad'. Taking that message to heart, Kiyosaki was able to retire at 47. RICH DAD, POOR DAD, written with consultant and CPA Sharon L. Lechter, lays…


Book cover of Mindful Landlord: How to Run Rental Property for Profit and Peace of Mind

Jason Kogok Author Of Plug the Holes, Fill the Barrel: A Beginners Guide to Building Wealth with Real Estate

From my list on building wealth through real estate investing.

Who am I?

Real estate investing has truly changed my life, not only my financial life, but also how I spend my time. I firmly believe that ownership and control of our time is the ultimate goal and that money is just the tool that we can use to get there; money is not the actual goal. I often say, “Rich people sell their time and wealthy people own their time.” As a real estate investor, broker, coach, and teacher, I have a passion for sharing my experience and knowledge, but doing so in a realistic way and helping others get on a path that is truly achievable.

Jason's book list on building wealth through real estate investing

Jason Kogok Why did Jason love this book?

This book is one of my favorites simply because of the down to earth style Terrie portrays in her writing and business, yet she is extremely productive in her investing career.

Terrie is very clear that her book is not a get rich quick or instant wealth playbook, but rather she takes you on the proper journey to building wealth with real estate rentals.

One of the unique things about Terrie’s book is that she dives deeper than just the surface level investing and helps you get into your investing mindset and establish a solid foundation for you to build upon, not only from an investing standpoint, but also from a standpoint of how you operate your business and the relationships you build. 

By Terrie Schauer,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Mindful Landlord as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Description

In this groundbreaking book, Terrie Schauer argues that investing in real estate can be a way to generate income without spending most of your waking hours trapped in the hamster wheel. But for this to turn into a reality, you need to become a mindful landlord. Mindfulness primer, compelling mythbuster, and practical step-by-step guide all in one, this book leaves no stones unturned.


Introduction

The real estate coaching industry is a noisy place. Gurus, agents, and coaches compete to sell their brand of get-rich-quick training. It's a climate that encourages new investors to take big risks, leverage to the…


Book cover of Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

Marcia Chatelain Author Of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

From my list on racial capitalism.

Who am I?

Anytime we imagine ourselves to be smarter or more clever than Madison Avenue or sponsored content on your social media feeds or a well-designed advertisement a nostalgia unlocking tweet will prove you wrong. We are all vulnerable to their manipulations, and it is from this belief that I explore the histories, the conflicts, and the techniques that strengthen capitalism’s hold on our imaginations. And yet, despite the lures of the marketplace, I believe that people can come together and outmaneuver corporations and their enablers. Whether it’s a fast-food restaurant that crashed and burned in the 1980s or the most popular toy of 1973 or failed TV spinoffs, I see these cultural contributions as rich texts to understand race, gender, and American identities.

Marcia's book list on racial capitalism

Marcia Chatelain Why did Marcia love this book?

Race for Profit connects all the dots on the imbalances in housing in the United States today.  As someone who bought a first home right before the mortgage meltdown, I’ve always wondered about the experiences of Black homebuyers historically.  This is an expertly researched look at predatory inclusion, the nefarious ways that institutions—in this case the banks and real estate industry—extended opportunities for homeownership to poor, Black families to purchase homes in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Rather than create high-quality public housing or enforcing the principles of fair housing laws, the federal government supported home buying schemes that ultimately imperiled buyers.  Taylor places emphasis on how discourses about Black women and housing planted the seeds for backlash against people who received public assistance and housing program users.

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Race for Profit as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

By the late 1960s and early 1970s, reeling from a wave of urban uprisings, politicians finally worked to end the practice of redlining. Reasoning that the turbulence could be calmed by turning Black city-dwellers into homeowners, they passed the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, and set about establishing policies to induce mortgage lenders and the real estate industry to treat Black homebuyers equally. The disaster that ensued revealed that racist exclusion had not been eradicated, but rather transmuted into a new phenomenon of predatory inclusion.

Race for Profit uncovers how exploitative…


Book cover of How to Win Friends and Influence People

Jack Barsky Author Of Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America

From Jack's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Lover Russia/Ukraine expert Polyglot Espionage expert Traveler

Jack's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Jack Barsky Why did Jack love this book?

This book first appeared about 70 years ago. It is a play-by-play strategy for behaviors that will guarantee the reader a successful and fulfilled life. Carnegie’s wisdom is timeless and should be required reading for all high school seniors

If we all followed that advice in the book, the world would definitely be a better place.

By Dale Carnegie,

Why should I read it?

17 authors picked How to Win Friends and Influence People as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Millions of people around the world have - and continue to - improve their lives based on the teachings of Dale Carnegie. In How to Win Friends and Influence People Carnegie offers practical advice and techniques, in his exuberant and conversational style, for how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding.

His advice has stood the test of time and will teach you how to:
- make friends quickly and easily
- increase your popularity
- win people to your way of thinking
- enable you to win new clients and customers
- become a…


Book cover of The Millionaire Real Estate Investor

Michael Zuber Author Of One Rental at a Time: The Journey to Financial Independence Through Real Estate

From my list on to escape the rat race and earn financial freedom.

Who am I?

Leaving the Rat Race behind was not easy and it took 15 years but it is so worth it. Unfortunately, many people are just like me in that they don’t even know they are trapped in the Rat Race running faster and faster. I want to highlight the Rat Race and What it takes to get out as life is so much better when you are not trapped.

Michael's book list on to escape the rat race and earn financial freedom

Michael Zuber Why did Michael love this book?

I needed to find a book that got down to the process of becoming an investor. Gary does an excellent job of breaking down the components of becoming a good real estate investor. In addition to the blocking and tackling Gary included a bonus section that I simple loved because I was hungry for stories of success. At the end of Gary’s book, Gary included a list of investors who successfully completed the journey. Those pages kept me engaged as the first few years of real estate investing are slow and those stories got me through.

By Gary Keller, Dave Jenks, Jay Papasan

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Millionaire Real Estate Investor as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"This book is not just a bargain, it's a steal. It's filled with practical, workable advice for anyone wanting to build wealth."-Mike Summey, co-author of the bestselling The Weekend Millionaire's Secrets to Investing in Real Estate

Anyone who seeks financial wealth must first learn the fundamental truths and models that drive it. The Millionaire Real Estate Investor represents the collected wisdom and experience of over 100 millionaire investors from all walks of life who pursued financial wealth and achieved the life-changing freedom it delivers. This book--in straightforward, no nonsense, easy-to-read style--reveals their proven strategies.

The Millionaire Real Estate Investor is…