The Best Property Investment Books
If you’ve read any of our content before, you’ll know we’re always encouraging investors to research – and for good reason. Research is one of the best ways to set yourself up for success and mitigate challenges further down the line.
That said, property investment can be overwhelming for those just setting out. It’s a broad subject with plenty of nuances and it’s no surprise that many people fail to research thoroughly enough when they’re looking to invest.
Thankfully, you’re not alone. There’s a wide range of property investment books out there that can help you navigate the subject or even offer ‘deep dives’ on the specifics, but which are the must-haves and which can you leave on the shelf?
Here’s our top picks and what we think are the best property investment books and must-reads:
The Intelligent Investor
Written by Benjamin Graham
Arguably Graham’s most famous book, The Intelligent Investor has been described by Warren Buffett (who Graham famously mentored) as ‘by far the best book on investing ever written’ – quite the review.
Written in 1949, the book is still very much relevant today and focuses less on making millions overnight, instead choosing to deal with fundamental investment principles and attitudes. This is very much an educational piece aimed at investors who want a long-term approach, not driven by emotion but by strong principles that favour sound business sense.
With key lessons on figuring out what kind of investor you are, margins of safety and how volatility impacts the market, The Intelligent Investor is a must-read for those that want a solid understanding on what it means to invest.
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America
Written by Warren Buffett / Arranged by Lawrence A. Cunningham
As one of the most celebrated investors and money managers of the last 100 years, it’s no surprise that something by Warren Buffett appears on this list.
A carefully curated list of Buffett’s famous shareholder letters, this is the definitive collection of Buffett’s thoughts on everything investing – from wealth creation to management – arranged by one of the foremost experts on the man, Lawrence Cunningham.
Again, this book is less about individual investment strategies but offers incredible insights into Buffett’s philosophy, examining how to build fundamentally sound principles and ethical practices. Essentially a collection of a lifetime’s worth of investing and business operation experience, you can’t go wrong with this read if you’re looking to cultivate an investment philosophy and learn more about one of the greatest investors of our time.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Written by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Often touted as one of the best reads on personal finance of all time, Rich Dad, Poor Dad also has a lot to offer property investors. While there’s less here on specific strategies and techniques for investment, Kiyosaki does demonstrate how to develop a mindset focused on achieving wealth through real estate.
With an overarching theme of ‘working smarter not harder,’ Rich Dad, Poor Dad highlights how a portfolio that can deliver consistent passive returns can help contribute to building and growing wealth streams. If you’re in need of inspiration or motivation, this read has both by the bucketload.
MONEY: Master the Game
Written by Tony Robbins
Described as a seven-step blueprint to securing financial freedom, Money: Master the Game is a collection of one-on-one interviews with over 50 of the world’s foremost financial experts, helping readers develop their ‘lifetime income plan’.
Within the book, author Tony Robbins ensures that readers of any income level can start taking the steps to become financially free through invaluable financial information and essential practice, allowing you to get your financial affairs in order and start working towards financial freedom.
(BEST FOR BEGINNERS) The Book on Rental Property Investing
Written by Brandon Turner
A comprehensive guide on the property investment process, The Book on Rental Property Investing is best for those that want to learn about finding rental properties, tenant screening and how to manage and maximise returns from the asset itself.
Written by an investor with years of experience in wealth generation through Buy-to-Let property, this read can offer a realistic perspective on investing at all stages, from financing property to finding profitable deals.
The Millionaire Real Estate Investor
Written by Gary Keller
Everybody wants to invest like a millionaire but there’s often just one problem: you probably don’t have a couple of million lying around that can be invested. This is where Gary Keller and ‘The Millionaire Real Estate Investor’ can help, supporting you in building wealth through property by drawing on the wisdom of hundreds of millionaires and busting the myths surrounding money and investment.
With strategies and techniques backed up by real world experience, Keller highlights the principles that can help you start vetting the profitable investment opportunities, sorting the good from the bad and building wealth – even if you’re not a millionaire.
The Complete Guide to Property Investment: How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Buy-to-Let
Written by Rob Dix
The perfect companion to a read such as Rich Dad, Poor Dad, this book by Rob Dix offers a complete overview of property investment, from the strategies that can be utilised to a step-by-step examination of researching, financing, buying and managing property.
Within The Complete Guide to Property Investment, you’ll even find insights into more advanced theories such as – exploiting the property cycle, scaling up portfolio’s, surviving downturns and how to build exit strategies.
While this doesn’t focus on one particular strategy, there’s no doubt that The Complete Guide to Property Strategy offers one of the most comprehensive looks at property as a whole.
No Money Down: Property Investing
Written by Brandon Turner
Designed for those that want to get involved in property investment but don’t have much money to spend up front, No Money Down is filled with insights into various theories and answers for hypothetical scenarios.
The main thrust of the book is focused on ‘investing with no money down’, although it also covers combining investment techniques. Additionally, some focus is also aimed at the downsides to investing and how to avoid them. Because of this, some of the theories can be quite intricate if you’ve done no other background reading so it’s best to have a firm understanding of the fundamentals before picking up this read.
That said, it’s ideal for learning about borrowing to fund real estate and how you can find the best deal to suit you.
Sell It Like Serhant: How to Sell More, Earn More, and Become the Ultimate Sales Machine
Written by Ryan Serhant
As one of the top real estate agents in the world, Serhant has become an authority on selling, appearing on tv shows such as Million Dollar Listing and Sell it Like Serhant, where he helps people build confidence and generate results.
This book is designed as a playbook for anyone looking to increase profits and achieve success, whether you’re getting into real estate or selling hot tubs. With funny anecdotes, deep insights into the principles of selling and wealth management, this book is ideal for building a mindset well suited to property investment.
Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People’s Time, Money and Experience
Written by Simon Zutshi
Described as a book designed to ‘open your mind, stimulate your thinking and make you aware of some of the current possibilities available in property investing’, Property Magic… is focused on helping you build a substantial portfolio using very little of your own money.
The main theme of Zutshi’s writing is that, no matter where you live, there are motivated sellers near you. Zutshi wants to help you find these sellers, deal with them and ‘structure an ethical, win/win deal.’ With tips on dealing with estate agents, case studies on investment and other financial insights, Property Magic… is ideal if you’re researching starting your own portfolio.