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Imagine you are friends with hundreds of real estate investors and entrepreneurs. Now imagine you can grab a beer with each of them and casually chat about failures, successes, motivations, and lessons learned. That’s what The BiggerPockets Podcast delivers.

Co-hosted by Brandon Turner, David Greene, and BiggerPockets founder Joshua Dorkin, this podcast provides actionable advice from investors and other real estate professionals every week. The show won’t tell you how to “get rich quick” or sell you a course, boot camp, or guru system; instead, the BiggerPockets Podcast will give you real strategies that work for real people.

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400 Episodes
Ever considered partnering up with your spouse or another family member?Today's guests Elliot and Chrissy Smith did just that when they left stable careers to flip, wholesale, and buy rental properties together in Washington state.Running the business together wasn't easy on their marriage. In fact, they almost got divorced. Fast forward to today... they're happy, doing 25 deals/year, and building long-term wealth by steadily buying rental properties.So, what adjustments did they make?In this episode Elliot and Chrissy share what they've learned about defining roles, managing cashflow, and finding work-life balance as young parents who happen to be business partners. It's a rare inside look at the ups and downs – and risks and rewards – of running a true family business.As die-hard fans right remember from his appearance on Show #255, Elliot is a skilled negotiator... and today he shares a surprisingly simple negotiating tip for those nerve-wracking kitchen table conversations with homeowners.Look: you gotta love a couple who hires a babysitter just so they can drive around looking for distressed properties (a move which led to today's Deal Deep Dive). So check out this episode, and share it with your spouse, friend, or family member who you think might enjoy it!In This Episode We Cover:How Elliot and Chrissy divided their business into "lanes" Their first taste of success with direct mail Leaving full-time jobs to pursue their dreams in real estateDangers to be aware of when teaming up with your spouseShowing a seller the math behind your offerPlowing the cash from their flips into buy-and-hold rentalsUsing the same exact same materials on every flipIncentivizing a contractor by offering a profit shareWhy they've slowed down their marketing in recent monthsElliot's cold call center for real estate investorsAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets PodcastBiggerPockets Podcast 255: Six-Figure Real Estate Investing in Just 20 Hours a Week with Elliot SmithJason DreesBiggerPockets WebinarsTarl YarberAudibleBiggerPockets Podcast 125: The Key to Business Success with Bestselling Author of The E-Myth Michael GerberCheck the full show notes here:
Real estate investing... old school!Rick Jarman (@realestateoldschool on Instagram) joins us today to share some of his hard-won wisdom from 44+ years as a flipper and landlord in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. And it's quite the journey, from cabinet maker and campus maintenance man to cigar-puffing 64-year-old social media influencer!In this episode you'll hear tales of up markets, down markets, losing it all, getting it all back... and a tornado that wiped out 20 of Rick's 100+ rental houses. He also takes us through his rules for tenant screening, explains why he favors 15-year mortgages, and paints a picture of what it's like to self-manage such a large portfolio of single family homes (with a team, of course).Give Rick a follow, and if you know someone who'd make a great guest on the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast send them over to where they can apply to appear on the show.In This Episode We Cover:How Rick went from maintenance guy to owning 100+ propertiesSelling his truck to buy his first rental in 1981Investing lessons learned through 4 recessionsWhy his rentals saved him when his home building business failed in the late 90sLosing 20+ houses in a tornado in 2011Rick's tenant screening processWhy tenants' credit scores don't tell the whole storyWrapping 40+ houses into one loanWhy some investors "get bored with what works"And SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets PodcastBiggerPockets Podcast 382: No Money Down BRRRR Investing with Josiah Smelser (Part 1, Recorded Pre-Coronavirus)BiggerPockets WebinarsCredit Score and FICO QuickbooksFacebook MarketplaceBiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets Shirts and MugsMBA562 Guest Teacher: Brandon Turner- How to (Finally) Write a Wicked-Awesome Book in 100 Days or Less Check the full show notes here:
A $1 million net worth before the age of 30... through frugality and creative real estate investing!That's what Todd Baldwin's achieved in a few short years, riding the red-hot Seattle housing market by repeat house hacking, renting by the bedroom, and living way below his means.Sure, Todd's benefited from appreciation, but he's also generating monster cash-on-cash returns across his 6 rental properties. And today, you'll learn just how he's doing it: how he finds pocket listings, why he favors new construction, why he pays for a $2,000/month service most landlords would never dream of providing, how he limits roommate drama, and much more.Wondering if this is legal? We discuss that in detail. Oh, and get this—Todd's all-time vacancy rate? Zero percent. So if you're in a high-priced coastal market, you need to listen to this show. And if you don't, we can pretty much guarantee you'll still enjoy it and pick up a few landlording nuggets along the way.Know someone who might put Todd's strategy to use? Share this episode with him or her today! And make sure you're subscribed to the show so you won't miss us next week.In This Episode We Cover:How Todd makes $12K+ in pure cash flow by renting by the bedroomWhy he buys new construction rather than fixer-uppersWhy he pays for all utilitiesThe legalities of renting by the roomThe dangers of buying a property with a homeowner's association (HOA)Using a Tinder-like app to find roommates and tenantsWhy he hires maids to clean each of his 6 properties weeklyHis system for preventing conflicts among roommatesHow complementary skillsets make for great business (and romantic) relationshipsAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets PodcastRedfinBiggerPockets MagazineRenthoopBiggerPockets Podcast 356: 30+ Rentals (in a Pricy Market) Through BRRRR and Section 8 with Joe AsamoahGrant Cardone on Multifamily Investing and Why You Should Never Buy a House!Joe RoganCheck the full show notes here:
Live calls, Dave Ramsey style!In this episode we open up the phone (er, Zoom) lines to take audience questions on everything from "should I flip or hold this deal" to "Coronavirus cost me my job... how can I invest now?"Brandon and David offer also advice on house hacking, Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs), appraisals, and the pros and cons of tapping a retirement account to jumpstart a real estate investing career.We'll be back to our regular programming next week... but let us know what you think of this format. And if you've got 30 seconds to leave us a rating and review in Apple Podcasts, we wouldn't be mad at that either.Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets PodcastRedfinZillowRealtor.comBiggerPockets Podcast 325: From Major Business Failure to Buying 20 Houses a Month With Aaron AmuchasteguiFind Real Estate Agent on BiggerPocketsBiggerPocketsBiggerPockets Podcast 366: 40 Doors in the First 2 Years with Henry WashingtonBrendon Burchard's ShowMy Body TutorThe Essential 11 PodcastBiggerPockets ConferenceCheck the full show notes here:
From fashion design work in India, to a corporate career with Nordstrom... to leaving that career to flip 40+ houses in 6 years – all in one of the hottest markets on the planet!Seattle investor Leka Devatha has quite a story to tell, and a lot of hard-won wisdom too! From her 6 tips for finding and keeping great contractors, to the exact criteria she uses when looking for a flip opportunity, Leka spills the beans and outlines a framework you can apply whether you choose to flip, BRRRR, wholesale, or buy and hold.We cover a crucial tax tip for anyone hiring a contractor, ever. Leka shares an unexpected silver lining brought on by the pandemic. And your mind will be blown when she tells how a "cosmetic" flip opportunity morphed into 3-year odyssey and wound up rewarding her with a 7-figure (yes, 7-figure) payday.Give Leka (pronounced "LAY-kuh") a follow on Instagram and let her know if you appreciate this episode... and make sure you subscribe to the show in your favorite podcast app, so you won't miss the next one.In This Episode We Cover:Flipping 40 homes in 6 yearsA "cosmetic flip" that turned into a 7-figure (!) profit through the magic of subdivisionWhy you should get to know the land use planner in your cityLeka's system for finding and retaining great contractorsHow to start a real estate meetupWhy virtual networking amid COVID-19 is more efficientWhy she pays her broker a commission even if she keeps a house as a rentalLeka's criteria for a great flip opportunityWhat W-9s are and why it's so important to get them signed up frontAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets PodcastJason DreesReal Estate at Work (Seattle Meetup)RedfinZillowRealtor.comCaleb Backholm's InsuranceBiggerPockets Podcast 388: The 7-Step “Playbook” for Scaling Your Real Estate Business With AJ OsborneCheck the full show notes here:
Are you tired of toiling in the trenches... and ready to run a business that cranks out profits without your constant involvement?That's what today's guest has managed to do! In this episode, Michigan-based investor Mike Simmons shares exactly how he went from moderate success to $1 million in annual profit.You'll learn why Mike switched gears from flipping to wholesaling real estate, what he's learned from spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on various marketing channels, and the four-point checklist you must use when considering any kind of partnership.Ultimately, expert marketing tactics are fine and well. But to scale, you've got to master leadership and hiring—topics Mike covers in great detail here and in his new book, Level Jumping.So pick up a copy (see link below), and share this episode with a friend, family member, or fellow investor who you think would enjoy it!In This Episode We Cover:Mike's remedy to cure a bad case of "analysis paralysis"Why he switched gears from flipping to wholesalingWhy wholesaling is NOT always a great thing for newbiesThe marketing channels Mike uses to do 100 deals per yearUltra-specific direct mail tips (from a guy who's sent hundreds of thousands of dollars of direct mail!)What most do wrong with direct mail marketingHow he made a $50K assignment fee and the key lesson he learnedHiring and managing transaction coordinatorsHiring his first salesperson on a "straight commission" pay structureUsing personality assessments like DISC and Kolbe when hiringWhy intelligence is not the most important predictor of success in real estate investingAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets PodcastBiggerPockets Podcast 050: Getting Started and No Money Down House Flipping with Mike SimmonsBiggerPockets InsightsBiggerPockets Insights Rent EstimatorGary Vaynerchuk's InstagramGary Vaynerchuk on Finding Deals Through Social Media & Crushing It as an EntrepreneurKOLBE Personality TestCheck the full show notes here:
Do you dream of stepping back from the day to day and working on your business rather than in it? Of course you do!AJ Osborne has achieved that goal—and having experienced a harrowing health emergency that incapacitated him for months (see show 286), this Boise, Idaho, investor is ultra-qualified to discuss the value of documenting, delegating, and streamlining your real estate business so it can run without you.AJ owns and operates over 1 million square feet of self-storage. Today he breaks down the seven-step process he uses to improve operations, unlock hidden value, and scale fast.If you're thinking, "I don't do deals that big," rest assured: AJ reveals that he actually lost money on his very first deal but gained a ton of wisdom, which he's generous enough to share with us today—and which applies across the board.Plus, AJ shares a tip on financing deals that may totally change the way you think about growing your portfolio!Check him out, and pick up a copy of his book, The Investor's Guide to Growing Wealth in Self-Storage: How to Turn a Real Estate Asset into a Thriving Business.
On today's show: the massive impact of just a few flips and a few small multifamily rental properties.Starting in 2017, that combination allowed our guest Megan Greathouse to step aside from her W-2 job (her husband still works) and spend much more time with her two young kids... all while dedicating just 5 hours per month to self-managing her portfolio in St. Louis.Want to know how she did it? Megan spells it all out in this episode and provides the exact tools and templates she uses to maximize her efficiency—enabling her business to serve her and allowing more time for what really matters.Give Megan a follow, and share this episode with a friend, partner, spouse, or family member who you think might enjoy it!In This Episode We Cover:Starting out with a fourplexInvesting with a full-time job and kidsThe P.R.O.P. system for property managementHow Megan and her husband use the "2 in 5 Rule" to avoid capital gains taxesHow she uses real estate to create time freedom and hang out more with her kidsFlipping an old house near Washington University in St. LouisA BRRRR "fail" (contractor issues) that turned out OKLessons she learned in the militaryThe key to avoiding analysis paralysis: "Get to 80% and go!"Buying a 60-acre farm outside the cityAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets PodcastLandlord Advisory PanelBiggerPockets EventsBiggerPockets MagazineBiggerPockets Money PodcastBiggerPockets Guide in Finding AgentsBiggerPockets BooksBiggerPockets WebinarsBiggerPockets Podcast 100: The 1st Deal, Management Drama, and the Birth of BiggerPockets with Joshua DorkinOpen Door Capital LLCRyan's BiggerPockets ProfileTenantCloudQuickBooksBoomerang for GmailSeth Mosley's Music and Money GroupBrandon's InstagramBiggerPockets ShirtScott TrenchCheck the full show notes here:
Yesterday, Marcus Maloney showed us how he built his deal-finding machine. Today, he tells us how he's hanging onto it by making two big shifts in his business.When the pandemic hit, lenders got nervous... and that put a couple of Marcus' deals in danger. So did he give up? No! He tapped his own network of private lenders to provide financing to his end buyers—a win-win-win.Plus, Marcus tells us why he's shifted focus to the Midwest since we first spoke and how he worked out a deal with a "great tenant" who wound up unemployed and unable to pay rent.Wondering how to adjust your business to the new normal? Check out this episode, and subscribe to the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast so you won't miss the next one.In This Episode We Cover:The problems Marcus ran into in mid-MarchHow he plugged the gap with private moneyDeveloping relationships with private lenders before you really need themWhy he's concentrating on a lower-priced marketHow he negotiated with a resident who could no longer afford rentAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets PodcastBiggerPockets Podcast 386: Starting Out With $200 and Investing for Profit AND Cash Flow With Marcus Maloney (Part 1, Pre-Coronavirus)BiggerPockets Podcast 352: No Driver’s License, No Money, No Excuses: How Diego Corzo Blazed a Trail to 18 DoorsBiggerPockets WebinarsBiggerPockets Radio Podcast 001: Building a Successful House Flipping Business and Losing Millions with Marty BoardmanBiggerPockets Podcast 382: No Money Down BRRRR Investing with Josiah Smelser (Part 1, Recorded Pre-Coronavirus)Check the full show notes here:
From "bad drug dealer" in his youth... to earning a master's degree, then jumping into real estate at age 36 and crushing his first deal!Today, Marcus Maloney shares his wild ride in Part 1 of two episodes this week. This one was recorded before the coronavirus pandemic, so we don't discuss that topic. Tomorrow, we'll dive into how Marcus pivoted to keep doing deals in these trying times.In this episode, you'll learn how Marcus used just $200 to launch his career, how he acquired nine rental properties, and how he's completed dozens of local (Phoenix) and long-distance (Chicago) real estate transactions.He also discusses the strategies he's using to generate leads, how he builds trust with both sellers and buyers, and how he works with acquisition managers, who take a cut of the deals they bring him.Plus—the guys have a great conversation about performance coaching and why the thing that's holding you back probably isn't something you're going to fix at a real estate boot camp.Marcus was nice enough to take some time out from riding his Harley to share some of his hard-won wisdom, so say hello to him on the BiggerPockets Forums, where he's a frequent contributor.And don't forget to subscribe to the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast so you won't miss the next show!In This Episode We Cover:How Marcus "flipped piglets" as a boyHow a rescinded job offer led to him to pursue real estateThe personal development he had to do to become a successful real estate investorDirect mail marketingClosing deals on the phoneAttracting partners by creating valuable contentWhy Marcus lives in Phoenix but buys rentals near ChicagoWhat separates successful "bird dogs" and wholesalers from those who give upAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets PodcastBiggerPockets ReviewsSunTrustWells FargoGuild MortgageBuildiumRe-LeasedRent ManagerQuicken LoansCozyPerformance Coach Jason DreesPerformance Coach Phil TowleCheck the full show notes here:
Flipping with no money down... in Hawaii? You heard that right.Greg Gaudet actually considers himself "risk-averse" and still holds a full-time job, but he's able to make nice chunks of change by hustling to find deals and managing rehabs for Brandon's team on Maui.Today, Greg walks us through his journey from "rock bottom," including bouts with addiction and homelessness, to living the life of his dreams, buying a Porsche cash, and owning a handful of properties free and clear. You'll learn the right way to approach investing in condos, how to bring value to a potential partner or mentor, how Greg manages risk by keeping his living expenses low, and the mindset shifts that allowed him to 1) get clean and 2) "get out of his own way" in the real estate business.This is truly one of the most powerful stories we've told on the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast, and it's guaranteed to get your wheels spinning!In This Episode We Cover:How tragedy shaped much of Greg's early yearsBad advice he received when jumping into investingWhat to look for (and avoid) when investing in condosHow Greg bought a condo for less than 50¢ on the dollarHow he and Brandon structure their flip dealsHow anyone can flip without risk—if they're willing to workGreg's "why" (and his paid-for Porsche)How to approach a mentor without making it awkwardAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets PodcastBiggerPockets CalculatorsBiggerPockets Podcast 302: Making $100k/Deal Using Other People’s Money, Time & Experience with Cory NemotoCalculating Numbers on a Rental Property [Using The Four Square Method!]Condominium Council of MauiBiggerPockets EventsGrant Cardone on Multifamily Investing and Why You Should Never Buy a House!Open Letter MarketingBiggerPockets Podcast 194: Achieving Impressive Spreads Through High-End Flips with Justin SilverioCallPorterDeal MachineKECO CapitalOpen Door CapitalGobundanceBiggerPockets Podcast 226: From “D-Student” to $400,000 in Annual Rental Property Cash Flow with David OsbornAudiblePremier Restoration HawaiiBrandon's InstagramDavid's InstagramCheck the full show notes here:
After yesterday's deep dive interview discussing 2 disastrous flip projects, we have a solo show for you today.And the title says it all, really.Brandon and David boiled down nearly 400 podcast episodes, countless forum threads, books, and real-life conversations, and their own missteps and now present: the Top 10 Ways Real Estate Investors Lose Money.These aren't the only ways to go wrong in this business, but at some point you're in danger of falling into at least one of these traps.So, what did we miss? Let us know in the forums, the comments section on our show notes, or in the Official BiggerPockets Facebook Group. And be sure to subscribe to the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast so you won't miss an episode.In This Episode We Cover:Focus vs. spreading yourself too thinThe #1 way to lose money that you haven't thought ofManaging the people who manage your assetWhat David calls "Spreadsheet magic"Investing in areas with diverse employmentOver-renovating after watching too much HGTVInheriting tenants from a sellerEvaluating real estate agentsThe myth of "more money down = more safety"And SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsContractor Bid FormBiggerPockets Podcast 287: Putting Together Real Estate Deals Using Creativity Instead of Cash with Shiloh LundahlBiggerPockets CalculatorsBe a guest on the podcastJoe Rogan PodcastCheck the full show notes here:
You can put a dollar number on the losses Spencer Cornelia took on his first two long-distance flips... but it's hard to quantify the value of the lessons he learned and is now passing on to you.We noticed Spencer's thread detailing his struggles in the BiggerPockets forums and invited him on the show; he bravely accepted.In this episode, you'll learn the pitfalls to watch out for when taking on heavy renovations (anywhere, but especially long-distance), how to ensure quality work is getting done, and the dangers of letting projects drag on when you're locked into expensive short-term financing.Plus, it's not a total downer... because Spencer's seeing a bunch of success with his new Youtube venture, and plans to continue investing in (less aggressively leveraged) real estate projects.Brandon and David add their own perspectives having made some similar errors in their careers, and tomorrow in Part 2 they'll break down the 10 Deadliest Mistakes Investors Make.New investors: heed the advice in these two shows! And as always: run your numbers conservatively, know your own risk tolerance, and run deals by trusted advisors before jumping in.In This Episode We Cover:What went wrong with Spencer's rehabsHow to ensure contractors are doing quality workIncentivizing team members and keeping them accountableHow much money he paid in interest and fees to his hard money lendersFunctional obsolescence and complications with older homesWhy you can't always trust an appraisal"Home buyer turnoffs" and why it's easy to miss themWhy Spencer sold and took a loss rather than choosing another exit strategyWhy he's not giving up on real estateHow you can "go broke buying good deals"And SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets PodcastBiggerPockets CalculatorsFamous Four AnalysisBiggerPockets Podcast 125: The Key to Business Success with Bestselling Author of The E-Myth Michael GerberPace Morby's Youtube ChannelBiggerPockets Pro ReplayBiggerPockets WebinarsBiggerPockets Pro Check the full show notes here:
Interested in someday making the leap to bigger investments? Don't miss this one!Ben Leybovich and Sam Grooms join us for a high-level conversation about how they transitioned from flips and smaller assets to 100-plus-unit, value-add multifamily deals.Since the first part of this show was recorded pre-coronavirus, we brought the guys back on to hear their thoughts on today's market and get an update on how their business is doing amid the volatility (spoiler: pretty well!).In This Episode We Cover:Finding the perfect partner for youThe 6 factors they look at when analyzing a marketWhy Sam & Ben keep such a large reserve fundWhy investors sometimes overvalue cash flowWhy they like the Phoenix marketHow to establish a competitive edge in real estate investingHow they look at multifamily syndication as "a long flip"Why equity protects youBuying insurance against interest rate increasesHiring their own construction teamHow they're adjusting to COVID-19And SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets PodcastBiggerPockets CalculatorsBiggerPockets Podcast 382: No Money Down BRRRR Investing with Josiah Smelser (Part 1, Recorded Pre-Coronavirus)BiggerPockets Podcast 382.5: Surviving When the BRRRR Hits the Fan with Josiah Smelser (Part 2, Post-Coronavirus)DeloitteBiggerPockets Conference 2020BiggerPockets Podcast 356: 30+ Rentals (in a Pricy Market) Through BRRRR and Section 8 with Joe AsamoahOpen Door CapitalBiggerPockets Podcast 313: How to Be Happy AND Grow a Massive Business with Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler (and Josh!)Check the full show notes here:
What happens to a no-money-down BRRRR investor when a pandemic breaks out, lending standards suddenly tighten, private money lenders get skittish, and property values quickly drop?Today, Josiah Smelser returns to the show and tells all.In Part 1 yesterday, we learned how Josiah built a $4M portfolio by buying, renovating, renting, refinancing, and repeating using both hard money and private money.Coronavirus hit him hard. And if he didn't have cash reserves, credit options, and the right mindset, it might have totally wiped him out.When the virus hit, Josiah had 10 properties he needed to refinance. It was a perfect storm: His private money lender immediately pulled funds, his refinance bank changed their terms, and property values dropped—all at once—meaning he would need to bring way more cash to the table.What happened next? Listen to this episode to learn about how Josiah made it through the nightmare and came out on the other side... with more equity and reduced interest payments.Real estate investing isn't all sunshine and rainbows. But if you keep your mind right, plan your exit strategies, and maintain cash and credit lines, you too can survive the curveballs thrown your way.In This Episode We Cover:What happens when private lenders want their money backWhy Josiah's bank changed the loan-to-value ratio on himTapping a cash-out refinance in an emergencyTrying to sell a property you had planned to BRRRRTaking out loans in your spouse's name to get around loan limitationsKey to pulling off a BRRRR in a down marketHow Josiah saved $750K in interest over 30 years by getting a lower interest rateHow an attorney can help you arrange a great partnershipWhy Josiah looks at this stressful time as a highlight of his real estate investing careerAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsDavid's InstagramBiggerPockets Podcast 234: Tenants, Evictions, & The Dark Side of No Money Down with Ryan MurdockMindy Jensen's BiggerPockets ProfileBiggerPockets Money PodcastOculusCheck full show notes here:
Today we bring you Part 1 of back-to-back episodes with real estate investor/appraiser/author/all-around good guy Josiah Smelser.This first conversation was recorded pre-coronavirus lockdown, but it's packed with tips you can put into action today. You'll learn how Josiah solved the #1 bottleneck in his business (capital!), allowing him to BRRRR at scale and rack up rental properties with very little money out of pocket. Even more impressive: he's doing it long-distance (The properties are in Dallas, TX and Josiah lives in Huntsville, AL.)And if that weren't enough, the guys go in-depth on appraisals – and the techniques you can use to help appraisers see your side of the story. Josiah's a longtime licensed appraiser, so he speaks from experience... and he shares his playbook for giving yourself the best chance to pull all your money out of your deal.If you like what Josiah has to say, then be sure to check it Part 2 tomorrow. We bring him back on, post-COVID-19, to discuss the serious challenges he's faced: lenders pulling out, property values dropping, and even a domestic violence issue at one of his rentals.The good news: he made it through. Tune in tomorrow to hear how!In This Episode We Cover:Why Josiah sold his properties pre-2008 crash (and why he still regrets it!)Combining hard money and private money to BRRRR with no money out of pocketHow Josiah uses "boots on the ground" partners to invest at a distanceWhy he analyzes 8-10 deals per dayBuying houses sight unseenWhy BRRRR investors must keep cash reservesHow to talk to appraisers (like getting out of a speeding ticket!)Why a property's list price is irrelevantDeals... on the MLS, in 2020?!The square footage trick that's made him thousands of dollarsLosing out to a lower offer on a big multifamily dealAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets PodcastBiggerPockets CalculatorsZillowBring Brandon a DealBrandon's InstagramOpen Door Capital LLCBiggerPockets Podcast 126: From 0 to 400+ Units Through Value-Add Investing with Brian MurrayBiggerPockets Podcast 212: Buying a 115-Unit Apartment Complex for No Cash Out of Pocket with Brian MurrayGoBundanceCheck the full show notes here:
Can you flip, wholesale, and buy rentals throughout a downturn?Yes... IF you heed the advice given out in today's episode.Our guest Tucker Merrihew is more than qualified to tackle this subject, having launched his real estate business in Portland, Oregon, in 2008—during one of the worst housing markets of all time.In a rare "Double Deep Dive" segment, Tucker walks us through a couple TTM Development projects from 2009 and reveals exactly what he did right and wrong at the time.As for the coming months... you'll learn which types of properties to avoid, which price ranges to target, and why renovating old homes can be risky business at this stage of the market cycle.Plus, Tucker explains why he underwrites every deal at 3 different prices to make sure it passes his "Oh $#!# Test" if the market goes south.Tucker is a seasoned pro with hundreds of deals under his belt, and he shares tons of valuable information for free in this episode. Be sure to subscribe to the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast for more tips on investing safely while taking advantage of the opportunities ahead.
Feeling like you're in uncharted territory as a landlord? You're in good company!Today's show walks you through how to ethically and profitably manage rentals through the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.Brandon and David sit down with Mike Butler, acclaimed author of Landlording on Autopilot; Chris Clothier, partner at REI Nation (formerly Memphis Invest); and Dave Poeppelmeier, owner of eight houses in Toledo, Ohio.You'll get a ton out of this panel discussion, including exact scripts for communicating with non-paying residents, strategies for connecting tenants to government resources, a discussion about "deferment" vs. "forbearance," and much more.Mike (500+ units), Chris (6,000+ turnkey units), and Dave (8 properties, mostly student rentals) are all in different markets and at different stages of their investing careers... so you're guaranteed to learn something you can apply in your business today.Enjoy this episode, jump on the BiggerPockets Forums to connect with fellow investors, and subscribe to this show in your favorite podcast app so you won't miss us next week!In This Episode We Cover:Mortgage forbearance vs. deferment for landlordsWhat % of REI Nation's tenants paid April rentEstablishing open lines of communication with tenantsWhat tone to use in conversations about rentWhy Dave proactively reached out to his rentersGuiding tenants to government resources (unemployment, etc.)Creating contingency plansMike's "Wendy's walk-up window" for rent paymentHow to look for better financing in low-interest-rate environmentsHow to stay organized if you're getting government assistance for your businessAnd SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets WebinarsBiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets Podcast 224: Building a Process to Buy 17 Deals a Week with Chris ClothierAre Your Tenants Unable To Pay Rent Due To Coronavirus? Here's What To Do!BiggerPockets Podcast 234: Tenants, Evictions, & The Dark Side of No Money Down with Ryan MurdockBiggerPockets Bookstore Check the full show notes here:
There are plenty of opinions out there about where the real estate market is headed next. But what are the numbers telling us?Today we dig into the data with Dave Meyer, BiggerPockets' VP of Growth and Analytics and a real estate investor himself.Dave leads BiggerPockets Insights—a Pro/Premium benefit providing current local market data—and he's been looking at data points in the weeks since shelter-in-place orders began to grind the economy to a halt.So...Why are rents down? Why haven't prices dropped? And what data should investors be keeping an eye on? The guys tackle those questions and much more in today's episode.Plus, Dave discusses his list of the country's best 11 cashflow markets adjusted for vacancy and explains what makes them so attractive right now.Add in a topical "Fire Round" and a breakdown of Dave's "ski for free" Airbnb scheme, and you've got an action-packed episode sure to bolster your confidence in these uncertain times.Check out this episode of the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast, and be sure to subscribe to the show in your favorite podcast app so you won't miss the next one!In This Episode We Cover:The top cashflow markets in the country for high value and low vacancy3 data points Dave looks at when analyzing a new marketWhy housing prices haven't fallen much yetDave's (cautiously optimistic) forecast on real estate pricesWhat's happening to rents nationwideWhat "income-to-price" reveals about a marketWhat BiggerPockets Insights isHow new investors can take advantage of this downtimeThe potential of a population shift away from urban centersHow Dave bought an Airbnb in Colorado to "ski for free"And SO much more!Links from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets WebinarsBiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets Podcast 186: How to Get Your First Few Properties — Even in a Competitive Market with Dave MeyerAir DNABiggerPockets Podcast 048: Duplex Investing, Finding Great Properties, and Tips for Managing Tenants with Darren SagerBiggerPockets ProBiggerPockets InsightsNewbie Real Estate Investors - What YOU Should Be Doing During This COVID TimeBiggerPockets Podcast 315: How to Read Human Nature to Succeed in Life with Bestselling Author Robert GreeneCheck the full show notes here:
With a recession already underway, we're turning to an investor with 30 years of experience, 3,000-plus multifamily units acquired, and one of the sharpest minds in real estate.Brian Burke is back today, and he sits down with Brandon and David to offer his interpretation of current events and to guide our audience through how to invest passively without violating Warren Buffett's No. 1 rule: "Never Lose Money!"Brian explains how his firm Praxis Capital is navigating COVID-19 and shares a few tips everyday investors can use to fortify their portfolios. We also discuss leverage, how lending practices are changing, and techniques you can use today to safeguard your investments against vacancy and drops in valuation.In the second half of the show, Brian speaks to those interested in becoming "hands-off" investors—whether you want to focus on making money in your day job or just don't want to deal with being a landlord. After all, BiggerPockets has 10-plus books on how to actively get deals done... but none (until now) on how to evaluate passive investment opportunities.We go over how to meet syndicators, what red flags to look for, how to diversify your investments... and the absolute No. 1 quality to look for in a passive investment (hint: it's NOT the deal itself).This episode is packed with deep insights into the current market shift, but it's also a timeless lesson in evaluating syndication opportunities.For more info, check out Brian's new book, The Hands-Off Investor: An Insider's Guide to Investing in Passive Real Estate Syndications, and all the great bonus content, too.In This Episode We Cover:How Brian got his start raising capital from his cop buddies"Bulletproof vests" investors can use to survive right nowBrian's definition of "over-leveraged"Why Brian is currently more focused on operations than acquisitionsHow government stimulus $ may affect the real estate marketHow and where passive investors meet syndicatorsThe #1 quality passive investors should look for in a syndicatorWhy the deal sponsor is more important than the deal itselfDiversifying your passive investment portfolioRed flags to look for when evaluating syndicatorsWhy "alignment of interests" is overratedThe lesson he learned from a friend who lost her life savingsLinks from the ShowBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets WebinarsBiggerPockets Business PodcastReal Estate Rookie PodcastBiggerPockets Money PodcastBiggerPockets Radio Podcast 003: Getting Started in Real Estate and Raising Money with Brian BurkeBiggerPockets Podcast 076: Growing Your Real Estate Company Into a $30 Million Dollar Business with Brian BurkeBiggerPockets Podcast 152: Building Wealth and Passive Income with Rental Properties with Ben Leybovich, Brian Burke, and Serge ShukhatBiggerPockets Podcast 315: How to Read Human Nature to Succeed in Life with Bestselling Author Robert GreeneBiggerPockets BRRRR GuideBiggerPockets BookstoreCheck the full show notes here:
Comments (91)

Ivan Terrero

Loved this episode

Aug 8th
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Steve Diahy

these are great

Jul 16th

Thomas Gillotti

Referencing the "cheatriot way" as if it has any actual merit. sorry guys, you completely missed the mark on this one. Aaron Hernandez... Antonio Brown... the cheatriots are effective for one reason. Bellicheat.

Jul 2nd

Matthew McKibben

I can relate to this guy. Not so much on the bipolar part but i dealt with depression really bad when I broke my back and lived in a wheelchair learning how to walk again. Substance abuse and that life is what lead to me breaking my back. Thankfully I got sober and have my first multifamily now and the lady and I are working on our second. Big picture, life is what you make it. You have your ups and down but you have to find a way that works for you for you to get through those hard time.

Jun 30th

Danielle Rose-Valencia

Yes please. Would love more QandA shows.

Jun 14th

Thomas Gillotti

well, I'm literally in the middle of a deal that goes against everything they said here.... haha... 🙄

May 29th

creative group

Seasoned Real Estate Investors understand that caution is what is required. If you have the financing to purchase great buys reevaluate the deal and seek a reduction. (Amount of reduction is up to your deal) If not pull back offer and wait it out. This is a very unknown territory for everyone. Freeze when there are dramatic changes. Multi-Unit properties are more shielded with tenants who may be essential workers. First responders, Doctors & Nurses.

Apr 20th

Guillermo Alfaro

whats the name of that $1,000 to a million book??

Apr 16th

Joseph O'kray

What happened to the Josh Dorkin?

Mar 20th

Sean Hill

What prefabricated construction company are you using?

Mar 15th

Ahmed Tha King

one of the most motivating podcasts I've heard from BP yet!

Feb 18th


Great content but I hope you both get better microphones in later episodes. Distortion.

Jan 20th

Matthew McKibben

I went to high school in Cambridge, mn. the next town over from North Branch

Jan 17th

Aerial Penguin


Dec 29th


Starting the bigger pockets podcast with the first one

Oct 27th
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Kevin Redmond

Starts at about 27 minutes

Oct 11th

Matthew McKibben

I love his book and PB. Thank you guys for all you do for the millions of people you've never met

Oct 10th


Audio not so good on this one, but content is gold.

Oct 5th

Kevin Redmond

I wouldn't really consider this to be "surviving" a crash, maybe as a person and as a family, but not financially.

Sep 20th


this is sick

Sep 12th
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