The real estate industry is a fantastic place to work. There’s the excitement of finding new property, the joy of investing for the future, and that little buzz you get from working hard to achieve success.
Of course, in a complex industry like property, there’s no guarantee of victory. Like anything in life, it takes hard work, dedication, and an open attitude to education too.
Luckily for you, there’s a great range of books on real estate out there to help you along the way. That’s why we’ve put together a list of books about property (and books about investing) to inspire your own transformation, from property newbie to property tycoon!
1) 'The Millionaire Real Estate Investor' by Gary Keller
Let’s start some with ambition. It’s time to become a millionaire! Well, not really, but you can be sure that learning from success is a great way to inspire your own property journey.
While the author is referencing their experience in the American property market, the truth is that the lessons and inspiration from this book go way beyond a single country.
It offers a fantastic look at how the right mindset, proper planning, and unwavering commitment can help you build your property empire.
If you’re looking for a respected book about investing in real estate with no-nonsense lessons, tips, and tricks, then this is the one for you.
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2) 'Property Buying for Gen Y' by Khalil Adis
We all aspire to make property a successful venture, and that’s equally true for Malaysia’s younger Gen Y generation.
Property Buying for Gen Y is a great guide for young Malaysians looking to identify the right foothold on the real estate market.
It provides accessible tips and tricks on everything from identifying affordable properties, financial calculations, and purchasing property.
It’s definitely a more entry-level guide, but one that allows the reader to benefit from the local angle and experienced insight of the author.
What are you waiting for Generation Y? It’s time to get out and start investing if you can, just don't forget to bring this book along!
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3) 'Everything You Need To Know (But Forget To Ask) When Buying or Selling Property' by Mary Smits
Falling under the ‘oldie but definitely a goodie’ category is this book. It was first published in 2006, but the lessons and tips contained within its pages still offer valuable insight for aspiring property tycoons today.
This book explores key insight for both buyers and sellers, looking to help illuminate the overarching concerns of the property journey, while providing useful checklists to take with you to inspections.
It’s once again based in the USA, but with key lessons, thought-provoking tips on using tactics to your advantage, and sound advice on how to avoid potential traps from an experienced real estate agent – all of which are bound to help your own property journey.
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4) 'The Book on Rental Property Investing' by Brandon Turner
Remember guys, making money off property isn’t just about wheeling and dealing with sales and purchases!
Rental property is a major part of the property equation, and in many cases, an important part of long-term investment or even retirement savings.
The in-depth advice from The Book on Rental Property Investing is fantastic for anyone considering whether to invest in rental property.
It’s written for the American market, but the strategies are universal. The book includes explorations of common fails, success strategies, creative tips, and more.
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5) 'Rich Dad Poor Dad' by Robert Kiyosaki
Another classic book on investing is this book by famed author Robert Kiyosaki. It was first published over 20 years ago, but it offers an amazing look at investment from a unique angle.
This book looks at the idea of lessons that might often be passed down through affluent/rich families, essentially making insight more accessible for people who might not necessarily come from a traditional background of wealth.
It looks at the lessons that can be learned to shape your investment journey, and works to tackle the myth that you can only become an investor if you’re from a privileged background.
This is more about a philosophy of investing and getting the right mindset, than direct focus on property. It helps champion financial literacy that can provide a foundation to any investment journey.
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6) 'WTF? 23 Properties By 30' by Faizul Ridzuan
Here at PropertyGuru, we reckon that owning 23 properties by the age of 30 is the kind of ambition we can definitely celebrate! Faizal Ridzuan’s book is a great place to look for some inspiration.
This guide offers an aspirational look at how to turn an initial seed investment into a sprawling Malaysian property empire.
It provides personal insight backed by the exclusive experience of the author, to really paint a picture of what that journey might look like.
This guide to real estate success has a great feel to it, showing that if you work hard and have the drive, you can dare to make your dreams come true.
Property success isn’t just some random miracle, it’s about understanding the market well, and striving to deliver the results.
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7) 'How To Be A Landlord: The Definitive Guide to Letting and Managing Your Rental Property' by Rob Dix
Sure, the title is quite long, but the insight is worth it! This UK-based guide explores the realities of rental investment, with a comprehensive look at everything from renting, managing, and maintaining rental property.
With the common law overlap between Malaysia and the UK, this guide offers a great framework to explore with minimal confusion.
While the rules and laws aren’t exactly the same, the philosophy behind this rental guide still offers a wide range of valuable insight on everything from checking your tenant to managing a property for long-term success.
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