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Suggested sequence for reading my real estate investment books

Posted by John Reed on

A visitor to this Web site suggested I create a list of my books that shows the sequence in which an investor should read them. Great idea. Here it is.

Investors should read my books in the following order:
1. Succeeding (Tells how to succeed in life in general including making the decision whether to choose real estate)
2. How to Get Started in Real Estate Investment
3. How to Buy Real Estate for at Least 20% Below Market Value, Volume 1
4. How to Buy Real Estate for at Least 20% Below Market Value, Volume 2
5. How to Increase the Value of Real Estate
6. Real Estate Investor's Monthly on Real Estate Investment Strategy volumes 1, 2 and 3
7. How to Manage Residential Property for Maximum Cash Flow and Resale Value (temporarily out of stock)
8. Aggressive Tax Avoidance for Real Estate Investors

I also have the following books which you would want to get if you were about to take the specific action to which they pertain:

What about my newsletter?

Investors sometimes ask if they should subscribe to my newsletter, Real Estate Investor's Monthly.


And a book that is more advanced
The truthful answer is yes, but I find that a lot of people whine about the price. It's $125. If that's a lot of money to you, do not subscribe. The newsletter is aimed at experienced, successful investors, not at beginners.

And here is a book that falls into the same category although for a different reason. Best Practices for the Intelligent Real Estate Investor. This book could be titled “Advanced Fundamentals of Real Estate Investment.” But I was unable to write it until I had 40 years of experience.


Beginners think in terms of discrete things like doing a fixer or managing a property they own. People who have been around for 40 years, see things more holistically—lots of moving parts that have to mesh together—whether it’s real estate investment or being a parent or coaching a football team.  Beginners, however, do not think like that, nor are they ready to. It overwhelms them and is not what they expected. Better they learn A then B then C then D rather than how A, B, C, and D fit together—at least at first.

If you are a beginner, you are probably not ready for Best Practices… yet. Only after you have been through the mill a few times will it make sense to you. Unfortunately, when you wait until then to read it, you will have been through the mill more than you should have because you did not know what it said until too late. It’s like my Succeeding book. A lot of readers say the same thing: “I wish I had read this when I was young, but I probably would not have understood it then.”

Popularity rankings of my books

Readers preferences of my books are different from the chronological order I suggested above. My readers like my books in the following order. So if you want to read my most popular books, use this sequence instead of the one shown above.

1. How to Get Started in Real Estate Investment
2. Succeeding
3. How to Buy Real Estate for at Least 20% Below Market Value Volume 1
4. Aggressive Tax Avoidance for Real Estate Investors
5. How to Buy Real Estate for at Least 20% Below Market Value Volume 2
6. How to Buy Real Estate for Little or No Money Down
7. How to Manage Residential Property for Maximum Cash Flow and Resale Value


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