I like big books and I cannot lie!
(Love that song by Sir Mix-A-Lot too!)
My bookshelves (both real and virtual) are well-stocked with information on real estate and mortgage lending, both residential and commercial.
I own all of the books that I am listing below.
If I had not purchased these for myself, I would not recommend them. I do, however, always disclose when it is truth that I earn 4% - 6% of the amount of the book cost if you purchase one of these from my list. For instance, in the first book in the list that is $14, I will earn 84 CENTS from Amazon.
No one book will give you all the answers.
That’s why I have so many of them to give me a more complete picture about what we do. In addition, because I write information for notaries, I like to make sure that my information is accurate.
Starting a Business
Download the three zip files from the Entrepreneur.com website: HERE.
Real Estate Closings
Rent for $25 Kindle or purchase paperback used.
One of my favorites, written for paralegals, but provides a willing reader who is a notary signing agent a great deal of insight on the way deals come together. Any version is good for our purpose, so grab one at any bargain outlet you find. Look for older versions on ThriftyBooks.com, eBay, and Amazon.
Author Sandra Gadow is a licensed real estate agent, as well as a writer, researcher, and analyst for the real estate industry. She covers every state in this book and what to expect at closing.
Mortgage Lending & Real Estate Closings Generally
Amazon States: A one-stop reference for in-depth explanations of mortgage topics
Author Jack Guttentag is a nationally syndicated real estate columnist, The Mortgage Encyclopedia helps is a great reference tool for notary signing agents. Features definitions and explanations of common mortgage, escrow, and closing fees and arcane mortgage terminology
Mortgage Loan Lending: Student Study Guide (California)
Study guide that explains terms and concepts like RESPA, LTV, conventional loans, non-conventional loans. It’s basically a guide for getting through a test. Those types of booklets can be very informative.
Starting a Signing Agent Business?
Check out Tim Gatewood's Advice for New Signing Agents.
Forms and Property Law
Only in Paperback, I think. Book of forms for both residential and commercial law. If you just want a book full of forms about real estate, this will do it. I have purchased two of them for less than $10 each. Currently, I have the 2015 version and I paid $9.99 for it at ThriftBooks.com. Also, try eBay for deals on this book.
I love this little handbook on Texas property laws. It is what every handbook should be. It speaks in plain language and backs up what it says with citations.
Researching Public Records as a Business
Real Estate Title Search Abstracting (How to abstract title.)
Not bad for the price. I originally ran across this on Source of Title’s website. I figured if they promoted it as reasonably accurate, it was worth looking at. Weirdly, it has a whole chapter on personalities in the back.
Miscellaneous Guides - Public Records
How to find Records Online and in the Courthouse
Years ago, I had a very lucrative business pulling records at the courthouse. If you are located near a courthouse, look into it.
Note: Anything by Michael Sankey is worth having.
Insights to the Title / Escrow Business
Interesting – How to Start a Business
Commercial Real Estate / Lending / Investing
The following links to books are inexpensive Kindle books. Remember that anytime you purchase one of these, that it is speaking to the beginning investor or lender, not to a notary. That’s why I am writing a book of my own on the topic.