If I could recommend one book to start with for real estate investing, this would be it. While there is some overlap with the free Ultimate Beginner's Guide, this is a much better product. In this book, you don't get a whole lot of motivational fluff. You do, however, get a good introduction to several different aspects of investing, and a good introduction to some of the rules of thumb that apply to each. There are also real world examples of pepole who have used the strategies described and done well. All in all, I'd say that you should start here. You won't be an expert after reading this, but you will know what you need to learn and the whole process of becoming an investor will become less intimidating and daunting.