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Multifamily Investing Apartments: Top 10 Must-Read Books

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Top Books for Multifamily Investors: Building Your Knowledge

Reading books seems to be becoming a lost art. With online books readily available for free, Twitter feeds and Facebook posts, instead of turning pages, we are merely scrolling and swiping.  

Sometimes, however, people do try, with one Twitter user wishing there was somewhere you could get free books, read them, and return them. Well, apparently, this person was not familiar with libraries — but not all is lost. 

Even Facebook’s Mark Zukerberg recognizes this when he says “Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today.”   

There are still avid readers out there who read up on every subject under the sun before making a decision. And multifamily investors are one such breed. 

Investing in multifamily apartment buildings is an ever-changing field, not like most other subjects that have been taught the same ways for decades. 

Varying economic environments, supply of viable assets, and demand from tenants mean you need to have enough information before making a costly investment. 

Here are the best apartment investing books. 

10 Must-Read Books on Multifamily Real Estate Apartment Investment 

The Best Ever Apartment Syndication Book by Joe Fairless and Theo Hicks

This book is divided into three distinct sections, namely:

  • The experience – Here, the writer introduces the basics of syndication, as well as help you set up goals and choose your target market.   
  • The money – Syndications teams can make or break your deals, so here, you learn how to build an expert team as well as contact, and convince passive investors. 
  • The deal – This section outlines the process of finding your ideal properties and eventually submitting an offer. 

Joe Fairless is co-founder of Ashcroft Capital that controls over $1 billion in real estate and hosts the world’s longest-running daily real estate podcast along with co-author, Theo Hicks.     

Apartment Building Wealth by Dwayne Clarke

This is the perfect introductory book for those interested in investing in real estate as a beginner. It is written clearly and concisely with all the tools needed for short-term multifamily investing

The book is a road map to making wealth through real estate that is easy to understand with a step-by-step guide. 

Dwayne Clarke is one of America’s leading passive investment sales brokers featuring at the Multifamily Real Estate Summit. 

His focus is on single-tenant lease properties that require minimal supervision or landlord involvement. 

Apartment Syndication Made Easy: A Step by Step Blueprint for Commercial Real Estate Investing by Vinney Chopra

Known as Mr. Smiles in real estate circles, his story is truly inspirational and we are proud to call him one of us

Starting off with $7 when he first arrived in the U.S, he now has over $441 million in real estate and controls 4500 doors. 

In Apartment Syndication, Vinney shows you how to achieve the same success.

He is an eager speaker and known as a multifamily syndication expert and all his 35 years of experience will be available at the Multifamily Real Estate Summit.


Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate: How a Small Investor Can Make It Big by Brian H. Murray

Written by the winner of several gold awards, this former teacher shares his journey to becoming a multimillion-dollar CEO. He writes about the secrets to his success with relatable, actionable advice. 

This book on rental multifamily property investing is unique in the real estate industry as it looks at methods of investing without the need for excessive capital or experience. 

This makes it a perfect multifamily apartments guide book for beginners and it will give you the confidence to begin multifamily investing. 

Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat: The BRRRR Rental Property Investment Strategy Made Simple by David M. Greene

With this unique name, this book by a New York Times bestselling author the BRRRR strategy is aimed at helping investors reach financial freedom for investments faster. 

The normal process involves saving money for years before having enough capital to make their first investment. 

This successful, former police officer explains this strategy that has helped him buy, rehab, and manage over 35 single-family rentals and has shares in three large multifamily apartment buildings. 

Essentially, the book encourages aspiring investors to:

  • Buy a property under market value
  • Add value with renovations
  • Market and rent out your property to tenants
  • Do a cash-out refinance, and
  • Reinvest that money and repeat.           

Investing in Apartment Buildings: Create a Reliable Stream of Income and Build Long-Term Wealth – Edition 1 by Matthew A. Martinez 

This book is one of the few multifamily real estate investment books that gives comprehensive guidance to the entire process of owning apartment buildings. 

From the author of 2 Years to a Million in Real Estate this book includes all the steps in how to find, analyze, manage, improve and profit from rental properties. 

A unique aspect of this book is the end-to-end scope of this book from evaluating the potential return, as well as providing an exit strategy. 

For unsure investors, this is the best book for you as it provides solutions to all possible outcomes. 

The 7 Secrets to Successful Apartment Leasing: Find Quality Renters, Fill Vacancies, and Maximize Your Rental Income by Eric Cumley 

Even after finding a seemingly profitable, investors still face the problem of finding and keeping tenants. 

A vacant rental property is a loss for everyone involved, most importantly investors and landlords as the expenses and salaries still need to be paid. 

Eric Cumley’s book reveals seven industry secrets that help property owners build relationships with tenants to maintain high occupancy levels. 

Tips to fill vacancies include interviewing process, practical examples, helpful tips, and scripts. This is a must-read for all landlords, investors as well as property management companies. 

How to Find, Finance, Fix and Flips Apartments: From Duplexes to 100+ Unit Complexes by Nathan Tabor 

Applauded by his fellow authors, Nathan Tabor has an impressive resume, from 26 transactions in 9 years that were valued at over $52 million.

Joe Fairless, a renowned real estate investor praises Nathan Tabor for his book.  

Nathan provides an understandable step-by-step process with useful information meaning even the best names in the business. 

He is also a master at finding investors having raised over $1million in funds in capital funds. 

The book is based on his career as a real estate investor with tips on what to do, and what not to do. 

The personal touches and easy-going tone make this a good book for a wide audience, from experienced investors to high school graduates. 

Investing For Good: The Surprising Strategy for Building Wealth While Also Making an Impact – Annie Dickerson & Julie Lam 

Now, presenting another one of our own, Annie Dickerson, along with co-author Julie Lam, they bring a feel-good feeling to real estate investing. 

The two aim to help as many families spend more time together as you work less, and let them do all the heavy lifting. 

Their book appeals to those who wish to make a passive income yet have the freedom to live life on their own terms. 

Both members of the Forbes Real Estate Council, this relaxed read if you are not keen on heavy technical terms but still want to make your money work for you.    

The Due Diligence Handbook For Commercial Real Estate: A Proven System To Save Time, Money, Headaches And Create Value When Buying Commercial Real Estate by Brian Hennessey

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And last but maybe one of the most important on our list is this book that could save you from losing your hard-earned money. 

Brian gives a thorough lesson on the topic of performing due diligence to help you make informed decisions. 

He provides a system used by professionals and seasoned investors, and now, everyone testing the waters can have access to these strategies.     

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About the Author

Tomás Fonseca is the host of two popular podcasts in the real estate industry, including the Icons of Real Estate Podcast and the Ardor RE Marketing Podcast.

Known for his charismatic hosting style and infectious positivity, Tomás brings his Portuguese charm to all of his interactions, making him a beloved figure in the community. Tomás loves to travel and to deliver high-quality content and valuable insights to his listeners.

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