The Top 14 Best Ever Apartment Investing Books

Many people ask me how I was able to go from making $30,000 a year in a corporate 9 to 5 job to controlling over $100,000,000 in real estate. In a three part interview series, I outlined my journey in full detail (click here for part 1, part 2, and part 3).

In this interview series, I stressed the importance of education. Before I began my multifamily investment journey, I read all the books on apartment investing I could get my hands on.

Here is a list of 14 books I read (or wrote) that I recommend you read to understand the ins and outs of apartment investing before or during the process of starting your multifamily real estate investment career.


Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever: Volume 1 by Joe Fairless and Theo Hicks

Inspirational stories with actionable advice from interview guests on the world’s longest running daily real estate podcast episodes 1 to 100. Learn a step-by-step approach to raising money for your deals, analyzing markets, achieving financial independence, and much more.






Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever: Volume 2 by Joe Fairless and Theo Hicks

Collection of the top techniques and strategies of the most successful real estate professionals that were interviewed on the world’s longest running daily real estate podcast from episodes 101 to 199. Learn how to become an expert at raising private money, differences between a good a bad deal, networking techniques to increase your circle of influence, and much more.






Commercial Real Estate Investing by Dolf De Roos

Reveals all the differences between residential and commercial investing and shows you how to make a bundle. Explores the different sectors—retail, office space, industrial, hospitality, or specialist—to help you discover which is right for you. Shares key insights on finding tenants and avoiding vacancies, financing large investments, managing property, setting a tax-smart corporate structure, and take full advantage of tax breaks.





The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling Apartment Buildings by Steve Berges

Helps you map out your future, find apartment buildings at a fair price, finance purchases, and manage your properties. Includes tax planning advice, case studies of real acquisitions, and appendixes that add detail to the big picture. Plus, it includes a handy glossary of all the terms investors need to know, helpful sample forms that make paperwork quick and easy, and updated real estate forecasts. With this comprehensive guide at hand you’ll find profits easy to come by.




How to Take an Apartment Building from Money Pit to Money Maker by Craig Haskell

The ultimate answers for struggling apartment owners and managers. Introduces a new step-by-step 5-stage apartment recovery system that helps owners and managers take their apartment buildings from money pit to money maker. Gives apartment owners and managers the tools they need to build a thriving, top producing rental property.






Multi-Family Millions by David Lindahl

Offers expert advice for investors who want to make the transition from single-family homes to more profitable multi-family units. Shows you how to find troubled properties that are ripe for quick profits, how to fix or flip those properties, and how to re-sell at maximum value. With a proven step-by-step system for managing each stage of the process, this book shows you how to get started in moneymaking multi-family units, even while you work your day job.





The ABCs of Real Estate Investing by Ken McElroy

Learn how to achieve wealth and cash flow through real estate, find property with real potential, unlock the myths that are holding you back, negotiate the deal based on the numbers, evaluate property and purchase price, and increase your income through proven property management tools.







Investing in Apartment Buildings by Matthew Martinez

Create a reliable stream of income and build long-term wealth. Provides step by step advice that gives newcomers to real estate investing the practical advice needed to learn the business from the ground up.








Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate by Brian H. Murray

Murray shares the secrets to his success through straightforward, actionable advice that will help you get started no matter what your experience level, or how much cash you have on hand. You’ll learn how to find and creatively finance commercial property, grow a portfolio without any help from outside investors and without taking on excessive debt, use your small-investor status as a competitive advantage over corporate investors and identify simple, practical ways to increase profits while keeping costs low.




Trump: The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received by Donald Trump

Donald Trump has gathered in one book the best advice on real estate from the 100 brightest and most experienced people in real estate.








The 7 Secrets to Successful Apartment Leasing by Eric Cumley

Provides seven proven industry secrets to building the relationships that achieve and maintain high occupancy levels. From stop qualifying prospects and start interviewing them to follow-up is the extra mile, Cumley provides examples, tips, to-do lists, sample scripts, and more that will help you with filling vacancies and to do so quickly and effectively.






The Definitive Guide to Apartment Marketing by Josh Grillo

Shares insights into new tools, tactics and terminology that are increasing leads, leases, occupancy and rents for multifamily companies. Has been called a must have book for marketing directors, owners, developers and property management companies that want to get the most out of their marketing.







2 Years to a Million in Real Estate by Matthew Martinez

Everything you need to know about securing your financial independence through rental properties, including how to invest small amounts early-on while working a full-time job, avoid real estate “bubble” risks, get others to pay your mortgage for you, pick a hot property (and spot others that will become hot), simplify the ins-and-outs of financing, negotiate like a pro, screen for reliable tenants, understand how local tenant laws work, hire good people to manage your properties and know when to sell.





Tax-Free Wealth by Tom Wheelwright

Tax-Free Wealth is about tax planning concepts. It’s about how to use your country’s tax laws to your benefit. In this book, Tom Wheelwright will tell you how the tax laws work. And how they are designed to reduce your taxes, not to increase your taxes. Once you understand the basic principles of tax reduction, you can begin, immediately, reducing your taxes. Eventually, you may even be able to legally eliminate your income taxes and drastically reduce your other taxes. Once you do that, you can live a life of Tax-Free Wealth.


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