6 must-read books for real estate investors

There are literally hundreds of books out there on real estate investing, and I've probably read most of them! My criteria for top books are ones that offer immense guidance, motivation and actionable content that can be referred to again and again. To save you a ton of money and time, I wanted to share my list of books that had a positive impact on my life.

The following books all have significant merits and without further ado, I give you My List of Most Influential Books:

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1) More Than Cashflow: The Real Risks & Rewards of Profitable Real Estate Investing
For many, investing in real estate can be a career choice or simply an investment, and if you still ponder between the two, I strongly encourage you to read this book before making that choice. This book captures "behind-the-scenes" of real estate investing, the good and the BAD based on real experiences. When I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down, in fact, I read it numerous times. It had tons of practical content and more importantly, an honest opinion about owning real estate, which is frankly refreshing. This book can change your perspective on becoming a full time real estate investor and inspire you take steps to re-designing your real estate portfolio, as it did for me.

2) Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not!
Honestly, it took me a couple of times to get Rich Dad Poor Dad. But when I did get it, it really connected with a lot of thought-provoking content. The lessons are not difficult, and once you get it, you can't forget it. Although there is very little content on how to invest in real estate, and more motivational talk, it's a classic amongst real estate investors. It changed my life because it taught me the concept of building businesses like real estate investing rather than the traditional concept of 'study hard, work hard and find a good job' concept. Read this book for incredible wisdom, it may help you change your financial future, like it has for me.

3) Real Estate Investing in Canada: Creating Wealth with the ACRE System
This book literally jump started my path into investing in residential real estate. It provides a ton of practical content including a systematic process at looking at residential markets, and evaluating properties that I still use today. Although the book heavily promotes its membership program, I am one of many who is not a REIN member. This book will also help you manage the emotions and eliminate second guessing when it comes to investing in real estate.

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Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market
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The Millionaire Real Estate Agent: It's Not About the Money...It's About Being the Best You Can Be!
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The Book of YES: The Ultimate Real Estate Agent Conversation Guide
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Real Estate's Best Kept Secret: The FHA 203k Program Can Change Your Life and Financial Future!
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Real Estate Investing For Dummies
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Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever
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4) The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.
This book transformed the way I looked at my career, my real estate business and life in general. There is a vivid description of an overweight man driving a Porsche smoking and under immense stress, I really connected with that image for some reason. I could picture my life taking that direction, where I'm wrinkly, driving a sports car but under immense stress. It scared me enough to take action to alter my career path. Although I didn't execute any of his exercises in his book, he has a way of presenting information that is out of the box and gets you moving. He really emphasizes on mobile income, creating money no matter where you are living, which is great if you are an entrepreneur in the making and want more guidance as well as clarity during your journey.

5) The Magic Of Thinking Big
This amazing book is one that I refer too over and over again because it has a ton of content that is invaluable. You can literally pick any chapter and dive into it. This book provides insight into how the mind works and how you can use it to achieve success in all aspects in life, including family, career, businesses, etc. Because of the way it can impact your perspective on beliefs, goals, and success, this is a book everyone should read. It has changed my attitude and mental outlook on life, and possibly for you too. It is the top of my life changing books.

6) The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Dreams
This book is incredibly inspiring and literally changed my perspective overnight, in particular how I visualized my engineering career. It is a powerful fable filled with life lessons with a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance, and joy. This book can help you redirect your energy to what is really important in your life, provoke thought to your life, your goals and your dreams. It can also instigate new habits. The life lessons in the book can help you create a life of passion, and purpose.

Happy reading and I hope this list brings as much inspiration, motivation and initiate massive action in your life as it has for me.

RELATED: 10 real estate accounts to follow

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Illustrated Properties
@illustratedproperties
Based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, this account exclusively features current listings (including prices) of mansions with pools. A fine display of true and massive Floridian architecture.

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Saunders & Associates
@hamptonsrealestate
Because who wouldn't rather be at a beachfront estate in the ever-glamorous Hamptons?

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MSM Luxury Estates
@msmluxuryestates
Based in Beverley Hills, CA, celebrity homes are often featured, as are infographics including statistics on the current market. 

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Joyce Rey Real Estate
@joycereyrealestate
Featuring estates everywhere from California to Italy, prime luxury pads are accompanied by shots of pretty decor, quotes and personal moments from Joyce Rey's glamorous life. 

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Houlihan Lawrence
@houlihanlawrence
The real estate firm that specializes in Westchester County and the suburbs of northern NY posts listings in real time, as well as shots of hip and marketable hotspots in the towns where they sell.

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Chad Carroll
@chadcarroll
This "Million Dollar Listing: Miami" star posts pictures and listings showcasing all of Miami's architectural beauty, from rooftop views to sleek interiors.

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Douglas Elliman
@douglaselliman
As one of the most prestigious real estate companies in the world, it's no surprise that this account is full of all things luxurious, including cityscapes, events, and famous landmarks.

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