As a real estate investor you’ll use a lot of online tools and resources in building your business because today’s world revolves around the internet believe it or not! The following page of resources are a lot of tools and resources I’ve personally used before and recommend as well as things I think you’ll find helpful in building your investment business.

*Please note that some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend, and I always have my readers’ best interest at heart.

My eBooks

Do you enjoy step by step resources that help layout the road map of processes for you? Check out my most recently published eBooks:

Each is a comprehensive run down of the processes and knowledge you need to know to be a successful real estate investor. They go hand in hand, allowing you to learn how to analyze deals as well as estimate the rehab costs to know what purchase price you should be offering on the property.

How to Be a Landlord: The Ultimate Step by Step Guide

Get this 60+ page eBook that has 16 chapters walking you through everything you need to know from building a plan, to finding properties, to legal tips to comply with landlord-tenant law. See the Chapter Outline on our courses page..

Newest Releases on Amazon

Real Estate Investing: How to Analyze Real Estate Deals for Maximum Profit and Low Risk

In this eBook I’ll walk you through step by step how to analyze properties for their potential to be cash cows as a landlord. I show you how to analyze the financials of both single family homes and apartment complexes in this eBook. You’ll get template worksheets as an add on bonus when purchasing this eBook. Analysis includes setting up a pro forma, accurately inputting the different incomes and expenses and computing the net present value and internal rate of return along with some other key metrics you’ll learn in this eBook. Learn more about this book

Real Estate Investing Podcast

Learn and consume content in the form of audio through my podcast Under30Wealth, which you can find on iTunes! Simply subscribe below to the Podcast and start listening to previous episodes as well as looking out for new episodes each week. I sit down and interview successful investors from time to time to help add new knowledge and experience to my Podcast.

Subscribe and then submit me a question you’d like answered if you don’t see an episode covering that topic already!

Automating Your Business Online

As a real estate investor, you want to build systems and automate as much of your work as possible to spend your time on the more important aspects of investing. Creating a website and developing an online presence will be important for the following reasons:

  • Credibility = more people take you serious if you have a website
  • Networking = people can learn more about you and your business if you have a website to refer them to
  • Generating Leads = capture seller and buyer leads with your website
  • Automating Management = implement online management software into your website to collect rent, maintenance requests, advertise properties for rent, inform tenants of rules and paperwork they can download

Hosting

Bluehost – I have used Bluehost for all of my sites so far and always have received great service and support from them. Anytime you are confused about something, give them a call and their customer service is great at taking a look at the issue and walking you through it. Site speed with Bluehost is good. Bluehost offers hosting for an incredibly reasonable price of $4.95 per month when you sign up for 36 months. (You pre-pay for all 36 months up front, but if you decide to cancel at any time, they offer a money-back guarantee. So if you had Bluehost for 12 months and decided to switch, they would refund the remaining 24 months.) If you decide Bluehost is for you, I can even help you with setup– check out my How to Start a Blog page! 

Themes

Once you have a website you’ll need a professional theme with great functionality and customization. You can use free themes from WordPress but I highly recommend buying a professional theme.

Genesis – A lot of my online connections and fellow bloggers run their websites on the Genesis Framework. I’m not a coder by any stretch of the imagination and I wouldn’t expect you to be either so Genesis isn’t hard to figure things out on your own. There’s also a helpful community forum for asking questions and documentation that will show you how to do just about anything you need to do.

DIY Thesis Theme for WordPress – DIY Themes has a great selection of themes for your blog or website that will make your site come across professional and give you credibility to your viewers. They offer the Thesis theme which is considered the top theme by many online entrepreneurs. Some learning curve may be involved though.

Setting Up Your Home Office

Whether you are working full time or part time as a real estate investor you’ll want an office you can focus in and crank out work and analysis of deals without distractions. Check with your tax accountant for clarity, but the majority of office expenses should be tax deductible since you are a real estate business owner and the business expenses will offset your business income, saving you on taxes!

Office Desk – it will be used for supporting your computer, lap top, printer, scanner, lighting, paperwork, and more

Office Chair – this sleek white office chair is what I purchased for my personal office and it is an expense that offsets income come tax time. Totally worth it!

Computer – great for researching properties, checking emails, uploading and editing photos of properties, installing accounting softwares

Monitor Screen – May come with the computer or maybe you want a second monitor in your office. I like buying a custom monitor screen that is larger than the normal size, just like we enjoy larger TV screens

Laptop – important for using to research properties, emails, analyzing deals, and can be used on the go if you’re not in your home office

Microsoft Office – a powerful program for creating spreadsheets and running financial analysis is Excel by Microsoft Office. You’ll also get Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for creating documents and presentations. When you buy a new laptop or computer you usually have to purchase this separate and install it on the device.

Scanner – great to have in your home office for scanning documents and reducing paper

Printer/Copier Two in One – this Brother MFCL2700DW Compact Laser All-In One Printer does it all from printing to copying, scanning, faxing and is also wireless. Great for your home office needs.

Bookshelves – turn your home office into a work and study room by implementing book shelving to house books and educational content for you to expand your knowledge. I buy about 20 new books per year to read and over time my accumulation of books will fill out my bookshelves giving me a personal development library in my own home.

Worksheets & Paperwork

Accounting Softwares

FreshBooks – an awesome invoicing software for small business. Easily send invoices, track time, manage expenses, and receive payments online.

Quickbooks – one of the more commonly known accounting softwares. You can buy the online version, which I would highly recommend, to use from anywhere in the country via log in access.

Xero – offers a variety of accounting features and is a great alternative as well to Quickbooks

Personal Finance Softwares

Personal Capital – I love personal capital. It links to your financial accounts through bank level security allowing you to see all your financial information in one place by simply logging in to your Personal Capital account. You can see your net worth, track your expenses and budget, as well as automate bill pay. Highly recommended for managing your personal finances.

Mint.com – the other top choice by many people for tracking their budget, paying bills, and managing finances all from one secure online location.

Free Online Research Tools

Zillow – awesome awesome awesome website for searching properties in your area that are for sale or have recently sold to get an idea of comps. You can also set the criteria to rent and use it to help gauge how much rent is in your area for different types of real estate investments. The software is better than the MLS in my opinion as far as ease of navigation and setting criteria.

Postlets – a Zillow owned company that allows you to post listings that get picked up by several sites such as Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, etc. Once you create your “For Rent” listing on PostLets and hit publish, you’ll find your listing on the other sites mentioned, giving you exposure to more eyes online who are looking to rent.

Trulia – a lot like Zillow and allows you to search for properties and pull up the public information on them that is supplied by the city as they update their records from time to time.

Loopnet – find apartments and commercial properties for sale

Financial Calculators

Bank Rate List of Financial Calculators – the ultimate list of 25+ different calculators to choose from!

Mortgage Calculator

How Much House Can I Afford Calculator

Retirement Goal Calculator

Savings Plan Calculator

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