Al Williamson, MS, PE,

Thank you for dropping in. My name is Al Williamson. I’m a civil engineer and the author of the Building Wealth with Inner City Rentals. Creating surprisingly beautiful affordable housing is my passion.

It took me seven years, but I figured out how to create enough side income (income over and beyond my market rate rents) to cover the monthly mortgage of my apartment building. I packaged all the ideas I tried and investigated into a book called 40 Ways to Increase the Net Income of Your Rental Property.

I practice my landlord leadership in Oak Park, an inner city suburb in the middle of Sacramento, California. You can reach me at: P.O. Box 188491, Sacramento, CA 95818, al@leadinglandlord.com


About The Leading Landlord Blog

Leading Landlord is a weekly (well almost weekly) blog that discusses innovative ways landlords can create new income streams, reduce expenses, and grow their equity. Owning real estate is proven to be one of the best strategies for generating passive income, and Leading Landlord seeks to address the best practices for doing so.

Guess you could call me a landlord scientist. I research and invent new ways to make rentals more profitable.

Please join the discussion each week as we assemble a community of Leading Landlords and share best practices. I appreciate your comments and love to share credit for innovative ideas – so chime in.

For a sample of my readers’ favorite articles mine, take a look at the following:


My Rant

bigger_imgThe landlord profession is overdue for a revolution. The business model of covering mortgage and operating costs by charging rent is just…. not sufficient. My mission is to construct an additional model that would allow landlords to create enough auxiliary income (either independent or dependent on tenants) to cover their cost. This was the “Thomas Edison” -like invention I dedicated myself to.

BUT I accomplished the goal in 2015 and wrote 40 Ways to help others do the same.

I’m now exploring ways to be both profitable and NOI efficient. That why I recommend other rental owners consider short-term rentals and corporate housing. No one is as smart as all of us, so I’m shamelessly trying to draw you in. I hope you fall for it.


Featured On

My story has been featured on the following websites, magazines, podcasts, and TV shows

Black Enterprise

Cozy.co – Are landlords the key to transforming struggling neighborhoods?

Road Map to Investing Like the Top Investors

Savvy Landlord Show

Rental Income Podcast

Let’s Talk Real Estate Investing


and many more shows…