Real Estate by the Numbers

Master the simple formulas behind every great real estate deal for a foolproof investing strategy.

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    A quick reference for the most important real estate formulas from the book
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    Examples from the book that you can fill in for yourself
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“J and Dave are two of the best analytical minds in real estate. Together, they have put together a book that is both highly detailed and easy to understand—a perfect combination for novice and experienced investors alike.”
Joshua Dorkin, Founder of BiggerPockets and co-author of How to Invest in Real Estate

2022 Foreword INDIES Gold Award Winner

Whether you’re looking to purchase your first rental property, scale a portfolio, or evaluate massive syndication deals, every great real estate deal comes down to a few key metrics. From cash flow to compound interest, Real Estate by the Numbers makes it easy for anyone to master the concepts that form the foundation of real estate investing.

J Scott—best-selling author of four business books—and Dave Meyer—VP of Analytics at BiggerPockets—combine their data-driven investing experience to teach you everything you need to analyze deals, track your progress, and think like a professional investor. Real Estate by the Numbers makes real estate math easy, and real-world examples from the authors’ own portfolios will help you put these equations into practice. Not only will you maximize your returns, but you can build a personalized strategy and adapt it to changing market conditions. Real Estate by the Numbers is the real estate reference guide that you’ll come back to time and time again!

  • The key questions you should be asking before every investment (and how to find the answers)
  • All the key formulas you'll need to make smart investing decisions
  • The basic rules for making your money grow
  • The ten most important investing metrics
  • How to analyze real estate deals like a pro
  • Different strategies to finance real estate deals
  • How to track your investing performance over time
  • And much more!
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Customer Rating and Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 88 reviews
Bennet S. (Spruce Grove, AB)

I ordered real estate by the numbers as an audio book. It takes a deep dive into the numbers of real estate, personal finance and investing while giving examples and stories to keep the book engaging.

brian w. (Chicago, IL)
Great Audiobook!

Lots of great information and useful knowledge

James K. (San Antonio, TX)
Comprehensive and Conceptual

J Scott and Dave Meyer have put together the go to resource for understanding how to analyze any deal! Appreciate the structure in starting with personal finances with comparison to business finances, then transitioning to the aspects of deal analysis and tracking effective investing. Not only did they discuss every calculation out there, but more importantly, explained the meaning behind each to guide appropriate use for a given situation. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this comprehensive guide and feel more confident in starting my real estate investing journey going forward.

Grace S. (San Mateo, CA)
Amazing deep dive into all things metrics

As someone involved in evaluating real estate deals and performance, I found "Real Estate by the Numbers" to be a game-changer. J and Dave did an outstanding job of breaking down the complex world of real estate metrics and providing clear and concise explanations. Their ability to contextualize these metrics allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of how they are used and their significance in evaluating real estate investments. The book's practical approach and real-world examples made it easy to apply the concepts to my own work. Whether you're a seasoned real estate professional or just starting out, "Real Estate by the Numbers" is a must-read. It has undoubtedly enhanced my decision-making process that will benefit me throughout all my future deals!

Jamie L. (Reedsburg, WI)
Numbers for Real Estate

This book is a great for marking pages to reference later. Forget what CoC (Cash on Cash) is? No worries, grab this book and find the page(s) that talk all about it. Any metric you might want, this book has.

About the Authors

J SCOTT spent much of his early career in Silicon Valley, where he held management positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and eBay. In 2008, J and his wife Carol decided to quit their corporate jobs, start a family, and focus on real estate investing. In the past ten years, they have bought, built, rehabbed, sold, lent-on and held over $60M in property all around the country. J is also the co-host of The BiggerPockets Business Podcast and the author of four books on real estate investing—including the best-selling pair The Book on Flipping Houses and The Book on Estimating Rehab Costs—which have sold more than 300,000 copies combined and have helped investors from around the world get started with real estate.

DAVE MEYER has spent his career working in the technology industry while also investing in real estate. In 2016, he took the opportunity to combine his professional passions for real estate and technology and joined BiggerPockets, where he now serves as the VP of Data and Analytics. Dave has been a rental property investor in Colorado since 2010 and invests passively nationwide. He's also the host of the BiggerPockets On the Market podcast, which started in 2022 and is growing rapidly as a one-stop source for all things real estate analytics. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, eating sandwiches, and being outside. He currently lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.