This is an article about the best Books (and audiobooks) for property developers. We have other articles specifically for property investors and people interested in learning about personal finance. Some of these books naturally cross over into each other as some authors will write about property development, property investment and personal finance.

We have bought every single book and audiobook available online and we try to review them here. We have spent so little on these books and audiobooks, definitely under one thousand pounds.  All that information, tips and wise reflections is such great value.


It is difficult to get a decent ‘one size fits all’ book on property development or property investment. This is because property is a local game. What works in the suburbs of Boston will not necessarily work in the suburbs of London.

That is why we recommend reading or listening to the lot! You will learn a little something from each book. Our rule is that if you learn just one tip from each book then it is money well spent.

In this article we will try and recommend as many books, audiobooks, podcasts etc as possible that we feel are useful to anyone looking to be a property developer.

We include links to amazon that we may get a small payment for but we simply only recommend products that 1) we have used personally and 2) we like and recommend. We also include the links to audible where you can buy the audiobook version so you can listen on your headphones while you work or on your radio when you drive. Here is a list of the headphones we use when listening to audiobooks.

If you are a bit hesitant about buying books on property then here is an article on why you should.

But as we say, we recommend buying them all, each book has a little nugget in there somewhere. But that said, in this article we are going to attempt an overview of each book.

The best self development books

Before we get on to property development books, here are a list of some of our favourite self-development books.

Books specifically on property development/Books for property developers

These are our recommendations for books that are good for anyone interested in property development.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Robert T. Kiyosaki is a controversial guy. He is a little bit of a dodgy character in real life but his first book is pure gold for teaching you useful financial viewpoints you just will not hear elsewhere.

This book is very well known there is a reason for it.

The author takes solid lessons on personal finance and skillfully teaches these stories through an analogy of sorts. He compares his poor dad and the reasons why he was poor to the rich and successful dad-figure that he found in a local businessman.

It is a good book and not difficult to read. Here is the book outline.

Chapter 1 The Rich do not work for money

Chapter 2 Why teach financial literacy

Chapter 3 Mind your own business

Chapter 4 The history of taxes and the power of corporations

Chapter 5 The rich invent money

Chapter 6 Work to learn, do not work for money

Chapter 7 Overcoming Obstacles

Chapter 8 Getting started

Chapter 9 Still want more ? Here are some to dos

Final thoughts

About the Author

If you are tired of working for an employer and want financial independence then this is a great book.

Remember, one book does not cover everything — read books and expand your sources of knowledge.


Audible audiobook version Rich Dad Poor Dad: 20th Anniversary Edition What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

The Builders by Frank Mc Donald and Kathy Sheridan

This book centres on a group of property developers who led the boom in the Irish property market from the early nineties to its eventual crash in 2009.

Again, with all of the books that you can read on property development and property investment they will be limited.

The best property developers and investors do not write books, they cash cheques.

This book is wrote by journalists and so we have to remember that its a book wrote a couple of steps away from the action.

It has its flaws in that it tries to go into far too much detail on the gossip and personal interactions between the developers and their peers.

But the book does give a good insight into some of the early history of these developers.

Summary: Buy if you want to learn a little about the wheeling’s and dealings in the Dublin property market in the eighties, nineties and the noughties.

Property Development: Discover the secrets to becoming a property developer, from scratch, using none of your own money

by Lloyd Girardi

Summary: It has a few good tips but we do not like the whole ‘use none of your own money’ — fine it you have access to capital but most do not.

Complete Guide to Property Development for the Small Investor, The: How to Identify the Best Opportunities in a Volatile Property Market

by Dr Catherine Dawson

Summary: A decent guide with some good tips

The Book on Flipping Houses: How to Buy, Rehab, and Resell Residential Properties: 1 (Fix-And-Flip)

Paperback – Illustrated, 17 Jan. 2019

by J Scott

Summary — it is a good summary of the process

Flipping Houses For Dummies (For Dummies)

Paperback – Illustrated, 10 April 2017

Ralph R. Roberts

Summary — this is a typical dummies book which provides a decent summary

John Howard’s Inside Guide to Property Development and Investment for Newcomers

By John Howard

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A decent overview of the property development and investment process

Commercial Property Conversions

By Mark Homer, Glenn Delve

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A nice fresh look at a different way to develop property

John Howard’s Inside Guide to Advanced Property Developing & Investing

By John Howard

You can get this for free (new users only) on Audible

Summary: A fascinating book covering techniques beyond the basics

How to Become Successful on a Property Market; How to Flip Houses for Passive Income; How to Become a Successful Real Estate Agent

By Sabi Shepherd

Complete Beginner’s Guide on How to Buy, Rehab, and Resell Residential Properties the Right Way for Profit. Achieve Financial Freedom with This Proven Method

By James Connor

More books to follow