I’ve recently gotten interested in real estate investing, especially with regard to rental properties. Unfortunately, I know hardly anything about it. Thus, I’m really in need of a good education. So before going any further, I thought I’d start by reading up on the subject to see if it really sounds like something I’d like to pursue. There’s a lot of info on the web, but much of what I’ve run across is pretty short and fluffy. (I’ve compiled a list of a few such articles below.) What I really need is a good book or two (or a few). The problem is that there’s about a million books on real estate investing. Okay, that’s a bit of an overstatement… But a quick search on Amazon reveals that there’s more than 800 books on the topic.
While I’ve heard that Landlording is a particularly good book, I thought I’d also go out on a limb and ask y’all for some suggestions… So if you’ve read any books on the topic (good or bad), I’d greatly appreciate it if you’d leave a comment or drop me an e-mail with the pertinent info. In addition to the title and author, it would be great to hear what you especially liked/disliked about the book. If there’s enough of a response, I’ll compile a summary and post it in a week or so.
And now, as promised, here’s a handful of links to articles related to rental properties as investments. Again, these are all pretty fluffy and big picture, with very little attention paid to the nuts and bolts. There are, however, some interesting tidbits buried here and there:
Do you have what it takes to be a landlord?
Are you cut out to be a landlord?
Getting rich with rental property
Getting real about real estate investing
How to find good investment property
10 tips for new landlords
And About.com has a nice little collection of links to rental property information here.