This is an article about Books for property investors. We have other articles specifically for property developers 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.

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Introduction

It is difficult to get a decent 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.

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 investor.

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.

The best self development books

Before we get on to property investment books, here are a list of some of our favourite self-development books.

The Best Books specifically on property investment/Books for property investors

These are our recommendations for books that are good for anyone interested in property investment.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

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

Final thoughts

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.

Audible audiobook version Rich Dad Poor Dad: 20th Anniversary Edition What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

The Builders by Frank Mc Donald and Kathy Sheridan

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.
For property investors I came away this lasting impression. While the developers planned and organised the blocks of apartments and the estates of houses it was the tax breaks provided by the state for investors that encouraged people to buy apartments no matter what their condition. This is why ‘shoe-box’ apartments were built, because investors only cared about the tax breaks and not about the inevitable tenants living in the units.
It is worth a read for a low price in the paperback.

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.

The Complete No-Nonsense Guide to Becoming a UK Property Investor

The 1-2-3 on Property Investing

By David Tarn

Get this for free on audible

Summary: A straight to the point guide to investing in property in the UK.

How to Use Cheap Mortgage Finance to Build a Property Empire… Fast!

By Peter J. How

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A lot of people who got burnt in 2008 will hate this book — a good overview of mortgage finance to build property portfolios

UK Property Investment for Complete Beginners

UK Property Investment for Complete Beginners

By Andy Wen

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A decent overview of property investment using various case studies

The Complete Guide to Property Investment

How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Buy-to-Let

By Rob Dix

This book covers buying real estate in the UK for the purposes of renting to produce an income and growing passive wealth.

We listened to the audiobook and Rob, the Author and Narrator has a pleasant and interesting tone. The book covers property investment such as buying property to rent out long-term and Rob covers several strategies in part 1.

In part two of the book he covers getting finance, buying property, renting and in part three he talks about building the portfolio and exit plans.

We found the book interesting, thorough and professional. It covered a little of property development in the guise of flipping but it is fair to call it a buy to let book.

One thing we came away with was a weariness about property investment — it really preys on land being a limited resource and encourages buying property, adding little value in the main, and then renting it for forty years. Our point is that while a sensible property strategy it may be, it is not good for the economy, jobs creation and your feeling of making something.

This is why we love property development as you get to make something out of nothing.

We are looking forward to adding Rob’s other books to our collection.

Again, the cost of the knowledge these books provide is laughable.

Chapter contents include:

Introduction
About Me
Part 1: Strategies
Chapter 1: Save Hard, Take It Easy, Retire Well
Chapter 2: “Recycle” Your Cash
Chapter 3: Lock Away a Lump Sum and Watch It Grow
Chapter 4: Replace Your Wage with Rental Income, Fast
Chapter 5: Flip Your Way out of the Day Job
Conclusion
Part 2: The Investment Process
Chapter 6: Finance
Chapter 7: Deciding Where to Buy
Chapter 8: Finding Deals
Chapter 9: Assessing a Deal
Chapter 10: The Buying Process
Chapter 11: Refurbing
Chapter 12: Management
Chapter 13: Tax and Accounting
Chapter 14: Selling
Part 3: Building a Long-Term Portfolio
Chapter 15: Financing Portfolio Growth
Chapter 16: The Property Cycle
Chapter 17: Surviving a Property Crash
Chapter 18: Exits
Conclusion
Get the Extras!

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A comprehensive overview to buy-to-let

Rental Property Investing

Complete Beginner’s Guide on How to Create Wealth, Passive Income and Financial Freedom with Apartments and Multifamily Real Estate Investing Even with No Money Down

By James Connor

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A nice book on property investment, we just do not like the no money down approach. If you do not have an income stay away from property and work for two years and save a deposit —it’s not that hard.

A Complete Rental Property Investing Guide

Using HMO’s and Sub-Letting to Build a Passive Income and Achieve Financial Freedom from Real Estate, UK

By Sam Wellman

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: An interesting book on property investment

A Quick Start Guide to Property Investing in 9 Simple Lessons

By David W. Tarn, Wise Owl Property Training

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: Some easy to digest tips for property investment

Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property and Create Passive Income and Wealth Through Smart Buy and Hold Real Estate Investing

By Jason A. Welch

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A nice starter book for beginners

Property Investment Success

By Nick Fox

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A good introduction to property investment

UK Property Letting, Making Money in the UK Private Rented Sector

By Anthony Dixon

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A good introduction to property investment

Buy-to-Let How to Get Started

By Rob Smallbone

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A good introduction to buy-to-let

No Banks, No Money Down Property Investing

By Anthony Dixon

This is an area of property investment we recommend extreme caution. Sure, you can convince family, friends, strangers to loan you money to invest in property but what is the reason you do not have money in the first place ?

This book, like all books is worth a read.

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Rental Property Investing,The Real Estate Guide on How to Create Wealth and Passive Income Through Buying of Residential and Vacation Property and Managing Tenants

By Gary Brandon Scott

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Real Estate Investing: How to Make Your Riches from Rental Properties and Flipping Houses, and Build Passive Income by Mastering the Property Investment Game

By: Bradley Watson

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Real Estate Investing for Beginners: Earn Passive Income with REITs, Tax Lien Certificates, Lease, Residential & Commercial Real Estate

By Michael Ezeanaka

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Airbnb: How to Make a Six Figure Income Without Owning Any Property

By Andrew Smith

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Rental Property Investing, How to Invest in Profitable Properties to Rent and Derive Maximum Profit from Them

By Richard Talley

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A good introduction to property investment

More books to follow