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It seems like everywhere you turn these days, you’re hearing about “passive income streams” and how we all need to get into real estate. This is not a new phenomenon; people have been fighting over who gets to live where since humans and Neanderthals coexisted.

But investing in real estate can still be daunting. The bar to entry can be high, and many of us are still trying to figure out what on earth to do with this thing called adulthood, let alone cut through all the red tape required to buy property.

I’ve gathered 15 of the best real estate books to help you learn about real estate, whether you are interested in buying a home for yourself, a property to rent out, or to become a realtor yourself. Unsurprisingly, almost all of the books I could find on buying/selling property are written by white people. So I’ve also included books for those who not only want to know how to buy property, but also want to understand the underlying politics and policies that govern what that property is worth based on where it is and who has historically been allowed to live there.

BEST REAL ESTATE BOOKS ABOUT BUYING A HOUSE FOR YOURSELF

Cover for 100 Questions Every First-Time HOme Buyer Should Ask by Ilyce R. Glink

100 QUESTIONS EVERY FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER SHOULD ASK BY ILYCE R. GLINK

The nice thing about real estate books is that most of the titles tell you exactly what the book is about. In this case, the fourth edition of Glink’s book details the kinds of questions first-time home buyers should ask, well, everyone.

Cover of How to Get Approved for the Best Mortgage Without Sticking a Fork in Your Eye- A Comprehensive Guide for First Time Home Buyers and Home Buyers Getting a Mortgage Since the Mortgage Crisis of 2008

HOW TO GET APPROVED FOR THE BEST MORTGAGE WITHOUT STICKING A FORK IN YOUR EYE: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS AND HOME BUYERS GETTING A MORTGAGE SINCE THE MORTGAGE CRISIS OF 2008 BY ELYSIA STOBBE

To be honest, the idea that getting a mortgage is such a PITA that Stobbe wrote a book with this title makes me want to gag myself with a spoon. Luckily for those of us looking to buy, this book helps to smooth the process by showing you what you’re getting into and how to ask for what you need.

Cover for Finally, Home.: A step-by-step guide for people preparing for first time homeownership

FINALLY, HOME.: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR PEOPLE PREPARING FOR FIRST TIME HOMEOWNERSHIP BY TAYLA ANDRE

Tayla Andre is a real estate agent and radio personality. She wrote this book to bridge the knowledge gap around home buying, and concisely answers most — if not all — of the questions surrounding credit, homeownership, and generational wealth.

Cover of The Home Buying Kit For Dummies

HOME BUYING KIT FOR DUMMIES BY ERIC TYSON AND RAY BROWN

Usually I avoid the “For Dummies” enterprise, not being a dummy myself, but this book walks a potential new homeowner through every step of the process, beginning with “do you really want to own a home?” This is a question I often ask myself, so here we are.

BOOKS ABOUT HOUSING POLICIES AND RACE POLITICS

Cover of Race for Profit

RACE FOR PROFIT BY KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and has written extensively on the lives of Black Americans. In Race for Profit, she uncovers the racist post-redlining housing practices that our country is still struggling with.

Cover of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities

KNOW YOUR PRICE: VALUING BLACK LIVES AND PROPERTY IN AMERICA’S BLACK CITIES BY ANDRE M. PERRY

Andre M. Perry takes a deep dive into five historically Black cities and provides an intimate look at the assets that should be of greater value to residents — and that can be if they demand it.

Cover of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING BY DR. IBRAM X. KENDI

Winner of the 2015 National Book Award, Stamped from the Beginning tackles the powerful story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history, including the credit and housing policies that shape the face of home ownership in the U.S.

 





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