Must Read : The Insider’s Guide to Real Estate

Adrian RubinIf you’re anything like me, my “to-read” list is an impossibly long compilation of business and management books, articles, essays, poems, how to guides, historical nonfiction and dense texts related to art history and semiotics. It seems as though there will never be enough time to read everything that I want to, which is why I think it’s important to take stock of my reading list every now and then, and evaluate which titles may just have to be thrown by the wayside. When I pared down my list most recently, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the books that I have found to be most helpful in the world of real estate. Below are my top five picks for the real estate professional who is just starting out. Although not all of these are specifically geared toward real estate, they do have valuable lessons in considering how you work towards your goals and in shifting your outlook on your work life.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki is an established entrepreneur, investor and author. This classic book, originally published in the late 1990s discusses the importance of financial independence, and the means of attaining it through investing, owning businesses and upping one’s financial intelligence. Kiyosaki focuses on the concept of setting up your money so that it earns money while taking very little of your time or energy going towards wealth creation.

The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

This is a recent classic that explores the work models that exist outside of the traditional 9 to 5 work week. Instead of viewing life as a period of working, saving, retiring and dying, Ferriss reveals ways that we can all live more and work less.

 The Unofficial Guide to Real Estate Investing by Spencer Strauss

This is a great book for those just entering the field of real estate. This book covers a vast amount of valuable information ranging from planning, to property purchase, to renovating to selling. This book serves as a great overview for those interested in the real estate investment property field.

There are a number of other books that I would recommend for the person looking to get involved in the real estate market, perhaps the best place to start is your local library, or perusing the New York Times Best seller list or even Amazon.