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Four Books That Can Help You Make Better Real Estate Investment Choices

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Apr 14, 2017

The world of real estate investing can be both exciting and confusing. You might enjoy the excitement, but confusion is not your friend. To get a better handle on how to make better investment choices, we recommend these four books. While even four books can’t give you all the answers you need, they can at least pave the way for deeper research.


Real Estate: Passive Income: Real Estate Investing, Property Development, Flipping Houses (2015)

by J.P. Richardson

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 2.11.21 PM.pngAn excellent introduction to passive real estate investing. This is the book for those who want to earn income from real estate without having to lift a hammer or inspect a property, as well as those who want to get involved in house flipping. Richardson’s book explores several alternative ways to build a portfolio of real estate investments, and honestly confronts the fact that property investing can be tricky if you don’t have the required experience and expertise. It also points out that you can hire that expertise for a relatively low sum. For example, one of the easiest ways to earn passive real estate income is through a managed fund of properties operated by professionals who select and finance projects. The fund pays out monthly income from home loans, house flips and/or rentals, and the best ones charge low or no fees while guaranteeing fixed dividends. All in all, this is a good book for the first-time investor.

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Investing in Real Estate Private Equity: An Insider’s Guide to Real Estate Partnerships, Funds, Joint Ventures & Crowdfunding (Kindle Edition)

by Sean Cook

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 2.10.17 PM.pngThis book is a practical introduction for those who want to invest in private real estate offerings. The thesis of the book is that you don’t have to be a wealthy individual or an institutional investor to profit handsomely from passive investments in real estate. This is definitely not a get rich quick book, but rather a methodical exploration of the best passive investment strategies. It addresses the new features in the investing landscape, including crowdfunding and Section 506(c) private investments. You’ll learn about terms, structures, fees, risks, evaluation of fund managers and many other facets of the private investing world. If just the thought of managing your own properties makes your head hurt, check out the passive investing opportunities laid out in Sean Cook’s book.

Private Mortgage Investing: How to Earn 12% or More on Your Savings, Investments, IRA Accounts, & Personal Equity (Revised 2nd Edition Paperback – 2011)

by Martha Maeda, Teri B Clark, Matthew Stewart Tabacchi

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 2.08.21 PM.pngThis book is a practical introduction for those who want to invest in private real estate offerings. The thesis of the book is that you don’t have to be a wealthy individual or an institutional investor to profit handsomely from passive investments in real estate. This is definitely not a get rich quick book, but rather a methodical exploration of the best passive investment strategies. It addresses the new features in the investing landscape, including crowdfunding and Section 506(c) private investments. You’ll learn about terms, structures, fees, risks, evaluation of fund managers and many other facets of the private investing world. If just the thought of managing your own properties makes your head hurt, check out the passive investing opportunities laid out in Sean Cook’s book.

Securitized Real Estate and 1031 Exchanges (Private Placement Series) (2017)

by Douglas Slain

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 2.12.05 PM.pngThe book explains how the changes to SEC Rule 506(c) created new opportunities for accredited investors both on the buy and sell side. By learning how the new Rule 506 rules work, you can get a better understanding of crowdfunding’s promises and pitfalls. Private equity investing, whether in stocks or real estate, opens up a universe of alternate assets that even modest investors can afford. This is a good book to read before you begin.

 

 


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Bobby Montagne

Author

Bobby Montagne is a real estate entrepreneur with three decades of experience in commercial and residential property development, finance and sales. Having successfully overseen $15 billion in career transactions, he is among an elite class of real estate innovator that has consistently delivered high quality returns to partners and investors.