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  • Landlord Resources

    Books That Changed The (Property Investors) World.

    This is a really interesting thread...

    I mentioned in this post that I'd read a 'few' books on property and related subjects, so I thought I'd share the list for interest.

    Some of these I read a long time ago, some recently, some are poor, some are inspirational and some are essential reading.

    They're in no particular order and I've added a short comment to each. I've linked them all straight to Amazon so you can read other reviews.

    Hope you find the list useful...


    The 'Daily Telegraph' Buying Bargains at Property Auctions by Howard Gooddie
    - I read this years ago and recollection is that it provided some useful insight if you're interested in this strategy.

    How to Be a Property Millionaire: From Coronation Street to Canary Wharf by Annie Hulley
    - Again, it's many years since I read this one, I don't recall massive delight or disappointment in its content!

    How to Avoid Property Tax by Carl Bayley
    and the more recent...
    How to Save Property Tax by Carl Bayley
    - ** Read This ** I'd regard this is essential reading for anyone investing in property, from accidental landlords to seasoned professionals; it'll potentially save you £1,000's!

    The Housebuilder's Bible: An Insider's Guide to the Construction Jungle by Mark Brinkley
    The New Home Plans Book by David Snell
    - We had a period where self-build was a serious consideration and then a change in circumstance scuppered us. Both good reads if you're thinking of building your own place or even if you're just extending.

    Successful Property Letting by David Lawrenson
    - * Recommended * Widely respected and highly rated on Amazon, I found this covers all the topics you need information on in a well-written and well-structured way

    Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity by David Allen
    - ** Read This ** If, like me, you find yourself drowning in emails and having to juggle endless projects and priorities (I have a full-time job alongside property investment) then this is pure genius. This book has saved me hours, has eliminated stress and has transformed my approach to work and email management into a lean, efficient and stress-free machine!

    Investing in Real Estate With Lease Options and Subject-To Deals by Wendy Patton
    - Focuses on US but does provide some useful insight into how Lease Options work. I read this after coming across Mark Jackson's Lease Options Made Simple website.

    Why Now is a Great Time To Buy UK Property by Peter Jones
    - Just a short eBook

    Property Magic: How to Buy Property Using Other People's… by Simon Zutshi
    - Nothing to say that hasn't been said already.

    Success Engineering [Kindle Edition] by Phil Gosling
    - I read this after seeing it mentioned on PT I think. I have to say, ignoring the references to the 'grand designer', this is an interesting book which attempts to link quantum theory to goal setting - strange but true. For anyone that's read it, I'd love to hear if you came across a blue feather? I did. And I was flabbergasted!

    The Millionaire Next Door [Kindle Edition] by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D.
    - ** Read this ** Millionaires (at least in the US) are not who you think they are! I now look very carefully at my neighbours. This book is a real eye-opener about how people accumulate and keep wealth.

    Property For Rent - Investing in the UK by Mary Latham
    - * Recommended * Quite a technical book but it does provide a reality-check which other books tend not to.

    The Richest Man in Babylon [Kindle Edition] by George S. Clason
    - ** Read This ** Get your children to read it, tell your friends to read it. Simple genius. Advice for lifelong financial security; from your income pay yourself first (10%), pay down your debts next (20%) and live off the rest (70%).

    The Buy-to-Let Manual: How you can profit from buy to let property… by James Collier
    - Really just a re-hash of advice available elsewhere; I don;t think there's anything new in this one to be honest.

    The Great Buy to Let Scam And How To Avoid It by Peter Jones
    - Another short eBook which is really just a marketing lead for his other products.

    How to Buy-to-Let Property Properly: A guide to property Investment by Richard Oldaker
    - * Recommended * I found this book to be well written and informative. It's different because it's written from the perspective of a letting agent who's also an investor - worth a read.

    How To Dominate Property Investing In The UK And Achieve Financial Freedom [Kindle Edition] by Richard Alven
    - I'd sum this up as an ''I'm sitting on the beach in the tropics and you could be too'' sort of book. There are some nuggets of information but you've got to look pretty hard.

    Rich Dad Poor Dad [Kindle Edition] by Robert T. Kiyosaki
    - * Recommended * It's all been said but you do have to read this classic!

    Real Estate Riches by Dolf de Roos
    - * Recommended * Another seminal work that really should be read by all budding property investors.

    And finally, on my coffee table right now...

    Using a Property Company to Save Tax by Carl Bayley
    - I've been wondering if this is a good tax avoidance strategy for us. I really found Carl Bayley's other book useful so I'm hoping this will provide the answer.

    The Complete Guide to Property Investing Success by PT's very own Angela Bryant
    - I'm looking forward to Angel's insight.


    Yay - you made it to the end! Sorry the list is so long but I do like to be thorough - I'm sure there are more but they must have been forgettable ;-). If you've read any of these, it'd be great to hear your views.


    Well done Dave!

    What a fantastic list and so good of you to go to the trouble of sharing.

    I've read most of the books with few exceptions - including a few you don't recommend, so no great loss!

    One of my all time favourite books is The Millionaire Next Door, not least because we're living proof of it! If you met us you'd never guess we were any better off than the neighbours - and we live in a very ordinary street!!

    The Richest Man in Babylon is a simple yet great little fable. Another deep truth. I'd go so far as to say it's pointless anyone thinking they can get rich through property if they don't understand the foundations of wealth that books like these convey.

    My favourite property investing book (apart from mine of course:-) because it was the first one I ever read, was Building Wealth by Russ Whitney. I absolutely loved the passion with which he wrote about developing the mindset, the determination to break free from the vision of the future for many a mere mortal - a life of quiet desperation, going nowhere financially.

    By coincidence, I made a list yesterday of all my audio CD sets and DVDs which are motivational, wealth creation, self-improvement... I have around 100 of them (in addition to countless books) which surprised even me!

    Just for one example, I re-listened the other day to The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch. As far as I know, the cd set is only available from Nightingale-Conant. It's brilliant anyway, yet again basically a simple but profound concept.

    If I knew how to attach, I'd attach the list!

    I do hope you'll enjoy my book. It combines the usual ingredients of property investing books with a very personal perspective that most property books avoid.


    Author of The Complete Guide to Property Strategies and The Complete Guide to Property Investing Success
    Learn more at http://www.completepropertysuccess.co.uk

    I also post property updates on my Facebook Page

    "It is the small decisions you and I make every day that shape our destiny" Anthony Robbins

    Thanks for the reply Duncan. I will take a closer look at Dave's list when I have a bit more time.

    John Corey 

    I host the London Real Estate Meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month since 2005. If you have never been before, email me for the 'new visitor' link.


    Also happy to chat on the phone. Pay It Forward; my way of giving back through sharing. Click on the link: PropertyFortress.com/Ask-John to book a time. I will call you at the time you selected. Nothing to buy. Just be prepared with your questions so we can use the 20 minutes wisely.

    Hi John Corey
    Can't seem to be able to find the USA property investment book I seem to remember you mentioned before cheers .

    Kim Stones

    I just have to say, when I read your comment:

    "I actually lost sleep with the excitement that book instilled in me"

    It made me smile so much. As an author myself, how wonderful that a book could incite so much excitement and passion in the reader!
    Mine isn't too bad and is receiving outstanding (Amazon) reviews

    But then I am a little bias Rolleyes

    As I read approximately a book a week, then it gets continuously hard to pick out outstanding reads, but 'Expert Success' by Daniel Wagner is one of them.

    LoL Nick, just a little biased, I will definitely check out your book when I will have my first investment property, hopefully soon!

    as a beginner I found this also a very interesting and simple book
    from Rob Dix

    Heads up. "The Richest Man in Babylon" and "The Millionaire Next Door" are both on sale for 99p on kindle at the moment.


    I have a very interesting addition to the list (hopefully it hasn't already been mentioned!) and so relevant in the world of property : The Speed of Trust by Stephen M R Covey

    Is essence it discusses trust in business and how much faster things can be done if we have trust in people.  Especially relevant to this site and all the fab work of Vanessa et al in doing due dil on prospective people to work with within the property community.