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7 Great Real Estate Books

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Two huge problems usually arise for me at the end of the calendar year: what to give people for the holidays and what to tell people to give ME for the holidays.

Even when you know exactly what kind of thing you want, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what will hit the spot.

Thankfully, I think I’ve got you covered this time.

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From joke books to inspiration and from planners to expert advice, these are some of the best books out there for the real estate professional.

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Your First Year in Real Estate

Boy, the real estate landscape has changed a lot since 2001. So Dirk Zeller’s book on how to deal with the pitfalls of being a beginner real estate agent must be pretty dated, right? Well, not too much actually, since the 2nd edition came out in 2010. With 4.5 stars on Amazon, it looks like people are still learning some helpful lessons from Dirk. Great gift for anyone new to the real estate game.

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The One Thing

If you thought 4.5 stars was a pretty good rating, how about 4.5 stars from 1,348 reviewers? The One Thing is one of those books that is more about general motivation than specific real estate advice, but sometimes that’s the most encouraging book you can get, especially for someone who’s been in the game a long time. Though The One Thing is a book that deals with success principles for all kinds of businesses, the writer, Gary Keller, is chairman and cofounder of the largest real estate business in the world so…. he probably has some helpful tips.

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Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

An established favorite, Flawless Consulting just went through its third printing in 2011. This new edition deals with how to be a consultant in an “increasingly virtual world” as well as how to be a better international consultant. Check out the Kindle edition with audio and visual content, a super cool addition to the 2011 version.

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Terrible Real Estate Agent Photos

We all need a little pick-me-up sometimes, and haven’t we all seen some truly horrifying images on Zillow, even just in the past week? Like a book-length Buzzfeed article just for real estate workers, this is sure to be a hit during the holidays, or maybe just as a little treat to yourself right now. After all, I’m pretty sure November is basically Christmas.

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The Essential Daily Planner for Real Estate Agents

In terms of practical and immediately useful books, it doesn’t get much better than a planner. Be aware that this is not an advice book masquerading as a planner- it is actually mostly blank, so you’re going to have to do the work. Stationery has always been a standby during the gift giving season, and what’s better than a planner designed specifically for real estate professionals?

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The Real Book of Real Estate: Real Experts. Real Stories. Real Life.

Number two on Amazon’s list of real estate best sellers, Robert Kiyosaki has (according to reviewers) outdone himself with this one. Kiyosaki has written on many topics in the business world, usually drawing on experts in the field to help him deliver exhaustive advice. This book on real estate is no exception. Published very recently in 2013 and 2016, The Real Book of Real Estate gives you 20 experts’ opinions on how to succeed in real estate. Who could ask for more?

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The Sales Acceleration Formula

Ever wondered what the founder of HubSpot, the leader in the marketing automation software industry, is doing to increase sales at his company? Wonder no more, he’s about to tell you. Pick up Mark Roberge’s The Sales Acceleration Formula to get some of the best tips and tricks to closing sales in any profession.


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Abby Kahler

Abby Kahler is a graphic designer for Capterra, a company that loves connecting buyers and sellers of business software. She specializes in church management software. When she’s not covering the industry, you can find her doodling furiously in Photoshop and clogging up her hard drive with graphic design projects.


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