I really like the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series - Rich Dad's AdvisorsÂ®: The ABC's of Real Estate Investing: The Secrets of Finding Hidden Profits Most Investors Miss, and What Every Real Estate Investor Needs to Know About Cash Flow... And 36 Other Key Financial Measures by Frank Gallinelli. If you are interested in buying an investment property, I would be glad to talk with you, particularly about small multi families which shelter you against the risk of vacancy a little better than single families. Just give me a call at 240-401-5577 if you would like to chat and I can share some of my experiences in buying investment properties for rental.
Bradford, I agree with Ron. In this market, it is also essential that you speak with a lender, unless you plan on paying cash. I have a copy of the book Ron referenced and would be happy to lend it to you.