This is an article about the best Books (and audiobooks) for property developers. We have other articles specifically for property investors and people interested in learning about personal finance. Some of these books naturally cross over into each other as some authors will write about property development, property investment and personal finance.
We have bought every single book and audiobook available online and we try to review them here. We have spent so little on these books and audiobooks, definitely under one thousand pounds. All that information, tips and wise reflections is such great value.
It is difficult to get a decent ‘one size fits all’ book on property development or property investment. This is because property is a local game. What works in the suburbs of Boston will not necessarily work in the suburbs of London.
That is why we recommend reading or listening to the lot! You will learn a little something from each book. Our rule is that if you learn just one tip from each book then it is money well spent.
In this article we will try and recommend as many books, audiobooks, podcasts etc as possible that we feel are useful to anyone looking to be a property developer.
We include links to amazon that we may get a small payment for but we simply only recommend products that 1) we have used personally and 2) we like and recommend. We also include the links to audible where you can buy the audiobook version so you can listen on your headphones while you work or on your radio when you drive. Here is a list of the headphones we use when listening to audiobooks.
If you are a bit hesitant about buying books on property then here is an article on why you should.
But as we say, we recommend buying them all, each book has a little nugget in there somewhere. But that said, in this article we are going to attempt an overview of each book.
Before we get on to property development books, here are a list of some of our favourite self-development books.
These are our recommendations for books that are good for anyone interested in property development.
Robert T. Kiyosaki is a controversial guy. He is a little bit of a dodgy character in real life but his first book is pure gold for teaching you useful financial viewpoints you just will not hear elsewhere.
This book is very well known there is a reason for it.
The author takes solid lessons on personal finance and skillfully teaches these stories through an analogy of sorts. He compares his poor dad and the reasons why he was poor to the rich and successful dad-figure that he found in a local businessman.
It is a good book and not difficult to read. Here is the book outline.
Chapter 1 The Rich do not work for money
Chapter 2 Why teach financial literacy
Chapter 3 Mind your own business
Chapter 4 The history of taxes and the power of corporations
Chapter 5 The rich invent money
Chapter 6 Work to learn, do not work for money
Chapter 7 Overcoming Obstacles
Chapter 8 Getting started
Chapter 9 Still want more ? Here are some to dos
About the Author
If you are tired of working for an employer and want financial independence then this is a great book.
Remember, one book does not cover everything — read books and expand your sources of knowledge.
This book centres on a group of property developers who led the boom in the Irish property market from the early nineties to its eventual crash in 2009.
Again, with all of the books that you can read on property development and property investment they will be limited.
The best property developers and investors do not write books, they cash cheques.
This book is wrote by journalists and so we have to remember that its a book wrote a couple of steps away from the action.
It has its flaws in that it tries to go into far too much detail on the gossip and personal interactions between the developers and their peers.
But the book does give a good insight into some of the early history of these developers.
Summary: Buy if you want to learn a little about the wheeling’s and dealings in the Dublin property market in the eighties, nineties and the noughties.
by Lloyd Girardi
Summary: It has a few good tips but we do not like the whole ‘use none of your own money’ — fine it you have access to capital but most do not.
by Dr Catherine Dawson
Summary: A decent guide with some good tips
Paperback – Illustrated, 17 Jan. 2019
by J Scott
Summary — it is a good summary of the process
Paperback – Illustrated, 10 April 2017
Ralph R. Roberts
Summary — this is a typical dummies book which provides a decent summary
By John Howard
Summary: A decent overview of the property development and investment process
By Mark Homer, Glenn Delve
Summary: A nice fresh look at a different way to develop property
By John Howard
Summary: A fascinating book covering techniques beyond the basics
By Sabi Shepherd
By James Connor
More books to follow