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As an entrepreneur trying to build wealth, how do you find work-life balance? How do you prioritize your family and life when you work long hours for a better future? Is the time freedom you’re ultimately working towards worth the time you have to give up presently? Amanda Salovitch, today’s guest, shares the balance she’s been able to maintain as a full-time working mom, building a short-term rental business while going from zero to six units in a year and a half. Amanda has been passionate about real estate for a while. She became a licensed real estate agent fresh out of college in 2008. Amanda worked at a brokerage with another recent high school graduate, and when she decided to pursue a career at the bank, she watched him grow his investment career. The bank required a very fast-paced lifestyle, and it wasn’t until the pandemic that she began to slow down and reassess certain aspects of her future. She started listening to the Real Estate Rookie podcast and became inspired.She purchased three long-term rentals shortly after she began listening to the podcast. She then closed on a property with three short-term treehouse rentals with various income-generating activities. While living a hectic investor life, Amanda always includes her kids as much as possible. Her ultimate goal is to have the time and freedom to live the life of her choosing with her family, and with the path she’s on, she’ll be able to achieve it soon!In This Episode We CoverGetting your real estate license and the benefits of being a licensed investorFinding your personalized work-life balance and the importance of having a strong “why”The process of qualifying for a loan and how to qualify for the financing of your choosingThe 1031 exchange explained, its benefits, and its shortcomingsHow to get your spouse on board with investing while communicating your goalsInvesting while still working your day job and how to manage your time for optimum efficiencyAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupAirbnbReal Estate Rookie PodcastMLSQuickBooksApartments.comLodgifyBooking.comMileIQThe Real Estate PodcastVrboConnect with Amanda:Amanda's WebsiteAmanda's BiggerPockets ProfileAmanda's InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-207Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Not knowing how to deal with a bad contractor can cost you thousands, if not tens of thousands, on a single deal. The wrong contractor can cause months more of holding time, thousands in materials wasted, and drain your energy when trying to get the project done. But, once you know the common contractor red flags, you’ll be able to spot which workers won’t work out in the future so you can hire the right ones faster.Ashley and Tony both have horror stories when hiring general contractors. They have some crucial tips when hiring a contractor for your next home renovation. Their most important one? Hire slow and fire fast. The wrong crewmember could sabotage your entire real estate deal.Here are some suggestions:Don’t pay contractors per hour and stick to your contractor criteriaStand your ground and don’t second guess yourself if you know how something should be doneNever hire the same contractor for another job until they’ve finished the first oneSet milestones and benchmarks for the contractor to hit so they stay on-scheduleDon’t hire the first contractors available for a job, take your time vetting the crew and general contractorAnd more in the episode…If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie BootcampCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-205Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sometimes in real estate, less is more, and as the saying goes—quality over quantity. You don’t need a portfolio with 100+ properties if you have a strong cash flow from five. This approach allows less to fall through the cracks and a more personalized experience for the tenant while still building wealth like never before. Today’s guest, Kelly Cronin, explains how she has created Cronin Castles, a variety of unique experiences in various locations, and is now profiting off people’s desire to experience more life.Her current portfolio includes a sea house in Puerto Rico, an off-the-grid dome in Alaska, a tiny home in Utah, and eighty acres in Wisconsin. While Kelly was merely setting her price on listing sites and looking for interesting places, she stumbled on the next big thing. Currently, short-term rental sites are looking for more properties with unique experiences, like Kelly’s, to feature and further differentiate themselves from the competition.Kelly was able to start investing because she saved half of her income. She was able to save an astonishing $110,000 not because of a high salary—in fact, she never hit the six-figure mark—but because she gamified her life. Kelly did this by finding ways to lower her mortgage, save on childcare expenses and use credit card points to cover her travel expenses. Now Kelly can give people the traveling experiences she would want while simultaneously building wealth and changing her financial future.In This Episode We CoverHow to research and invest in different markets Cultivating unique experiences and how to market your rentals Managing your rental property remotely and the importance of building a network in the market you choose to invest inSaving fifty percent of your income and how to gamify your life and stretch your money Self-managing your properties and how to stay on top of your rental portfolioAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPockets ForumsBrandon Turner's InstagramNate Robbins' InstagramBrian Murray's InstagramAirbnbVrboRealtor.comAirDNAZillowDerek Diedricksen's InstagramBoostlyGodaddyHostfullyMeta Business Suite96 Units in 5 Years By Combining Long & Short-Term RentalsConnect with Kelly:Kelly's WebsiteKelly's Facebook PageKelly's InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-205Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
New short-term rental regulations are sprouting up around densely-populated states like California and New York. These regulations can stop new investors from setting up shop while making established hosts much wealthier. With stricter short-term rental laws, what should real estate investors do to hedge their risk against being stuck with a property that can’t be rented out?Both Ashley and Tony own short-term rentals. Ashley’s is situated in a town with no regulations, while Tony has vacation rentals scattered across multiple markets, each with its own specific ordinances. Tony knows that even with these new laws, there are still steps you can take to ensure that your short-term rental investment isn’t ever at risk of being left empty.Looking into short-term rental markets? Here are some suggestions:Look for established, mature vacation rental markets when starting your searchEconomic dependency on tourism will most likely make an area more open to short-term rentalsAlways research the number of short-term rentals an owner can legally own in an area as well as how the permitting process worksStay up-to-date on an area’s short-term rental laws as they are subject to changeAnd more in the episode…If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-204Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Property management can be one of the more complex decisions when it comes to investing. Do you save money and ensure the job is done exactly how you want it by self-managing, or do you invest in someone with experience and save yourself time, energy, and headspace? Today’s guest, Karen Lane, breaks down property management in bite-size chunks, so whether you’re deciding between property management vs. self-management or hoping to pursue property management already, this episode is perfect for you.Karen has been in property management for commercial real estate for most of her career, so she’s seen it all—including a dead deer carcass in the middle of a shopping center parking lot. She’s worked with private investors on both coasts and internationally. Karen’s abundant experience has made her a wealth of knowledge and the perfect person to learn from. While she has thrived in the property management space, she now hopes to beat analysis paralysis and find her first investment. Karen goes over what it means to be a property manager and how to become one. She also talks about the nuances of juggling the different relationships you need to maintain as a property manager. Today’s episode is the free property management masterclass you don’t want to miss. In This Episode We CoverWhat it means to be a property manager and how to know if you have what it takesFinding and vetting a property manager to make sure your goals and expectations alignHow to keep the landlord and the tenant happy and find a middle groundManagement agreements and how to understand the property management fees that come along with itHow to check for hidden fees as a landlordThe most significant things to look for in a property manager to make sure your relationship is successfulThe ideal reporting structure, the cadence, and what you should includeAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBPCON2022BiggerPockets ForumsRookie Landlord BootcampBiggerPockets CalculatorsBuildiumAppFolioQuickbooksA Step-by-Step Guide to Estimating Rehab Costs w/ Master Flipper & Investor James Dainard (Part 1)Finding Contractors, Renovation Red Flags, and Estimating Rehab Costs (Part 2) w/ James Dainard18 Deals in 2 Years AND a Full Time Job with Kevin Christensen Connect with Karen:Karen's Property Management CompanyKaren's Company EmailKaren's WebsiteKaren's EmailCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-203Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week’s question comes from Brandon on the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group. Brandon is asking: On a cash-out refinance, is this considered income? If so, will I have to report it on my taxes?Real estate investing provides a lot of tax benefits, some that new investors or everyday homeowners simply don’t know about. One of the greatest tax benefits? No taxes on loans and liabilities! That means that the cash-out refinance can be done without paying any taxes on the cash given to you from the bank. But, there are a couple of ways that you could get snagged during tax season if you don’t follow the right steps.Here are some suggestions:Cash-out refinances are considered debt, not income, from a taxation point of viewIf you are planning to have your business pay you back for acquisition/renovation costs, be sure you make a record of that so you don’t get taxed on your repaymentYou may pay taxes on a cash-out refinance if you plan on taking profits from your businessAs always, consult a tax professional if you have any specific tax questionsAnd more in the episode…If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupRookie Reply: Cash Out Refinances vs HELOCs | Which Should You Use?Check the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-202Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The beautiful thing about real estate is that there is endless room for growth. While some jobs have a capped amount of opportunity, real estate encourages constant advancement. Today’s guest, Gus Ofili, began his investing journey after the pandemic and now has nine properties with twenty-three units. Gus turned to real estate after deciding to leave his nine-to-five at a bank. He didn’t hate his job, in fact, he was doing very well, but there wasn't adequate room to grow. Gus started realizing he was getting passed up on opportunities by people who dedicated at least a decade of their life to the bank. He couldn't see himself taking ten years of his life for a career milestone—so he quit.Initially, real estate intrigued Gus because of the thrill he got from negotiating. He started taking classes to become a realtor while working his nine-to-five. As an agent, he sold fifty homes in his first year, seventy-one in his second, and 108 in his third year. While he did exceptionally well as a realtor, he wanted a backup plan and knew investing would be a fundamental part of his real estate career. He had the opportunity to sell a five-unit house, but when the first appraisal fell through, he began to see potential in the home, decided to buy it, and as the saying goes—the rest is history. In This Episode We CoverQuitting your nine-to-five and how to prepare to do soHow to use social media to gain free exposure and grow your brand  Finding a profitable side hustle in real estate and the benefits of becoming a leasing agentClubhouse and how to use it to learn more, expand your network, and gain motivationOvercoming the fear of buying your first investment property and how to make the transition as smooth as possibleAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBPCON2022AirbnbSTR SummitClubhouseDiscordBiggerPockets ForumsFacebook MarketplaceConnect with Gus:Gus' FacebookGus' InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-201Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
You’re here to buy your first rental property. This is the Real Estate Rookie Podcast, and as a rookie, where should you start? Most new real estate investors think that the steps to buying a rental property are simple—find an agent, find a property, buy the property. And although that could buy you a rental property, the chances of you becoming successful are very low. Real estate investing requires much more than just purchasing a property if you’re trying to build generational wealth, financial freedom, and a life that operates on your schedule.It shouldn’t be surprising that the CEO of a company like BiggerPockets is someone who took the slow, yet highly successful route. No raising money on his first deal, no buying multimillion-dollar apartment complexes, no giant yacht, and no private planes. Scott Trench is the epitome of the “grind until you shine” real estate investor. Starting with little-to-no savings, he was able to work his way up to his first rental, his second, and now his thirteenth.To celebrate the release of the updated version of his wildly popular book, Set for Life, Scott has created a ten-step checklist that any new investor should use to get their first real estate investment. These steps were specifically designed for you to not just get one rental, but many more following your first purchase. These are the exact steps Scott took to reach financial freedom in under ten years, and if you follow them as well, you might be able to do it faster.In This Episode We CoverThe ten steps to becoming a successful real estate investor (even if you have no experience)Frugality and its impact on how you invest and grow your wealth over timeCalculating your dollar per hour cost and choosing whether or not to outsource workThe four levers of wealth creation and how to pull them all for fast-paced wealth buildingHow Scott went from entry-level worker to CEO of BiggerPockets in under ten yearsBuilding your “investor ability” so you can make smarter decisions fasterAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowRookie Readiness ChecklistAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPockets ForumsPodcast Guest Onboarding FormBiggerPockets BookstoreThe BiggerPockets Money PodcastDish NetworkThe Real Estate PodcastJoshua Dorkin's WebsiteBrandon Turner's InstagramDave Visaya's Podcast Editing ServicesMr. Money MustacheAirbnbVrboMindy Jensen's InstagramFrom 400 Credit Score to Making $17,000/Month in Passive IncomeBiggerPockets BootcampsFREDBiggerPockets CalculatorsBuildiumConnect with Scott:Scott's BiggerPockets ProfileScott's Rookie Readiness ChecklistCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-200Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
We are in the age of social media, so how do you use that to your advantage? How do you create a platform that helps you reach your career goals? What content should you create to target your desired audience? Today’s guest, Kerwin Donis, shares how he and his brothers have built the platforms that have helped them partner in over 600 units of apartment syndication deals.The Donis Brothers have a wide range of platforms, from YouTube to TikTok, where they document their journey and share their wealth of knowledge. They have about 12,000 followers on Instagram and 63,000 on TikTok, but their main focus is their podcast. Kerwin, the head of their social media, says their initial goal was to document their journey and build credibility as young investors. While that is still their goal, they have become more strategic about what they post and the audience they post for to grow their platform and their online community. So how do you begin? You begin now—stop waiting! Kerwin emphasizes that when you start, it won't be perfect, and that's okay. Create the content you’d want to consume, aim to entertain and educate, and the rest will come. The benefits of building your platform are endless because you never know who you’re reaching—whether that be a future mentor, partner, or client. There is no better time to start your social media journey and no better place to start than this episode! In This Episode We CoverBuilding a platform with little knowledge (it’s not as hard as you think)How to manage different social media platforms and decide which one should be your primary focus The various benefits of building a platform and how to get the most out of your platformsContent marketing and how to target your ideal audienceCreating content without a big team and how to keep yourself accountableLead magnets and how to use them to increase your marketing efforts And So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook Group$1M in Real Estate in Just 1 Year (and How You Can Do It Too!)How a College Dropout Got a Seat at the Millionaire Investor TableLili Thompson's Youtube ChannelOn the Market PodcastBiggerPockets ForumsPat Flynn's WebsiteSmart Passive IncomeYour First Real Estate Investment PodcastDerrick Acuff's InstagramFrom Restaurant Waiter to 100+ Deals in Only 4 Years w/ Derrick AcuffGrant Cardone's WebsiteVenmoHow to NOT Go Bankrupt: 5 Mistakes New Investors Make Connect with Kerwin:Kerwin's InstagramThe Donis Brothers WebsiteThe Donis Brothers InstagramThe Real Estate Monopoly PodcastThe Donis Brothers Youtube ChannelCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-199Interested in learning more about today's sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week’s question comes from Mantas on the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group. Mantas is asking: My buddy placed an offer substantially above asking price and the seller, before accepting the offer, asked my friend if he would pay the difference if the appraisal came in lower than the offer. Anyone encountered this situation and what would be the best response if any?Ah, the classic appraisal gap/appraisal contingency. During hot housing markets (like we’ve been experiencing over the past two years), these types of offers have become more and more common. A seller wants to be sure that they can get the sales price they want and the buyer often has to pay the price to cover the appraisal difference. But what are some ways to get around this if your appraisal comes back low?Here are some suggestions:Do as much research beforehand so you know an appropriate appraisal value before the appraisalRun comps using real estate data tools (like PropStream) or look up comparable home sales in your area using a listing serviceChallenge the appraisal buy checking for discrepancies and running compsGet a different appraisal ordered or switch to a more flexible lender if all else failsAnd more in the episode…If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupPropstreamMLSRealtor.comZillow Check the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-198Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
If you’re unsure about real estate, run the numbers. It’s that simple. Once you run the numbers, you’ll have clarity on which decisions to make and tangible reassurance that you made the right ones. Today’s guest, actress Brec Bassinger, shares how focusing on the numbers has given her the confidence to become the successful investor she is today.Brec’s name may sound familiar to some of you. She’s been the star of Bella and the Bulldogs and the new hit show, DC’s Stargirl. Brec’s interest in real estate began after a trip to Big Bear with her boyfriend when she realized the earning potential of short-term rentals. She decided to buy a condo and had her first short-term rental within six months. The speed at which she got her first deal may seem intimidating, but Brec’s confidence came from the numbers she calculated and the profits she knew she could make.During her first season of Stargirl, Brec had to share a small apartment with her coworker because that’s all she could afford with her fluctuating income. Now she makes more money by living in an expensive high-rise apartment while renting out her old space. Real estate has allowed Brec to supplement her fluctuating income without a W-2 and the freedom to live the life she wants. And even though she plays a superhero, her story proves that you don’t have to be one to invest in real estate. In This Episode We CoverHow to confidently close on your first investment property and move past fearBecoming more financially stable by supplementing your income with a passive income streamThe importance of running the numbers and how to use the simple rental calculations to make profitable decisionsBuilding a relationship with your property manager and eye-opening questions to ask themHow to qualify for loans without a “steady” incomeAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupAirbnbBPCON202220 Deals in a Year as a Professional Basketball Player w/ Terry HarrisTerry Harris' InstagramZillowAirDNABiggerPockets CalculatorMLSFrom Sleeping in His Car to Multi-Unit Landlord & The “Nomad” StrategyNick Cooley's InstagramConnect with Brec:Brec's InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-197Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week’s question comes from Tony’s Instagram direct messages! This rookie real estate investor is asking: I have a good chunk of equity in my home, should I pull out cash to purchase a rental property? If not, what should I do with the equity?If you want to know how to use home equity to buy real estate, you need to know your options first. As many homeowners are sitting on massive equity gains, thanks to the past two years worth of price run-ups, they’re asking how they can use this equity to their advantage. For most investors, you’ll have two options in how you take this equity out of your home’s value. But, both of them need to be intelligently evaluated before you make a decision.Here are some suggestions:Look at your current mortgage rate and see if it’s higher or lower than today’s average interest rate to refinance Ask your lender about a HELOC (home equity line of credit) as well as the terms, interest rates, and duration offeredInterest rates are likely to rise, so locking down a great rate now may help you in the futureKnow your exit strategy (flip vs. BRRRR vs. buy and hold) for each different kind of financing optionAnd more in the episode…If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPockets ForumsCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-196Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
You often hear about house hacking as a means to an end, a simple way to start your real estate journey, but what if it could be more? What if house hacking could be your ticket to financial freedom? Today’s guest, Craig Curelop, author of The House Hacking Strategy, shares how he reached financial freedom through house hacking and how to follow along in his footsteps.Craig started where most do, hating his W-2 and working too much. He began researching how to earn a passive income and came across BiggerPockets. Within six months, Craig started working at BiggerPockets, moved to Denver, and decided to start living his life the way he wanted. Using his house hacking strategy, he went from being $30,000 in debt to financial freedom in two and a half years. Before you get into house hacking, you need to understand the basics, and today Craig breaks them down. He goes over the different ways to house hack and its advantages and disadvantages. Craig also talks about how to live with your tenants and the boundaries needed for your ideal house hacking situation. Craig paints the whole picture so you can make an informed decision and decide if house hacking is the way for you to become financially free too (or at least build more passive income)!In This Episode We CoverWhy house hacking is ideal for new and young investors and how to get started The different ways to house hack and how to turn an unused space into an income-generating areaThe noteworthy advantages and disadvantages of house hacking and how to decide if house hacking is for youLiving with tenants and how to set landlord boundaries for you and your tenant’s comfortHow to vet tenants and red flags to look out for before offering them a leaseCollecting rent and the processes to have in place to help you stay in “landlord mode”And So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupAirbnbAJ Osborne's WebsiteThe CRE CircleRentRediThe Real Estate PodcastCostco10 Income Streams on 1 Property by “Land Hacking” w/ Kai AndrewKai Andrew's WebsiteApartments.comConnect with Craig:Craig's InstagramThe FI TeamInvest2FI PodcastCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-195Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The best real estate investing apps are ones you could not live without. Whether you’re a full-time real estate investor, managing a few properties, or still trying to get your first deal done, these apps can help you find, manage, and cash flow your rentals quicker. Ashley and Tony both use these apps daily and probably couldn’t run their real estate investment portfolios without them.To help you scale up your real estate investing, Ashley and Tony have written down their most-used real estate investing apps. Now, anytime you see a potential deal, need to chat with a team member, or simply want to time how long you’ve been working at a rental property, you can. Most of these apps are free, so you can download them today, try them out, and buy your first (or next) deal faster!If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBuilding an Out-of-State Empire by Using the Right Type of Real Estate Agent w/ Sarah WeaverZillowRealtor.comLandGlidePopStreamOnXDealCheckMLSHomesnapPersonal CapitalEasy CalculatorGoogle taskGoogle CalendarGoogle DocsSpliceQuickbooks TimeMileIQSchlageRingLoom MobileLoomMonday.comWrikeMiroCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-194Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Your connections and relationships are invaluable in real estate, so how do you get to know the right people? How do you build a lasting, mutually beneficial relationship? The answer is simple—you show up, get your name and face out there, and listen. Building a network can seem intimidating, especially starting from scratch, but today’s guest, Jeffrey Donis, breaks it down step-by-step.Jeffrey Donis of the Donis Brothers is in charge of nurturing investor relations, so networking is his bread and butter. At twenty-three, he has helped his brothers raise enough money to co-sponsor 600 units worth of deals in the last two years. This would have been nearly impossible to achieve in such a short time without the network they built and the relationships they nurtured. Their network didn’t come automatically, and similar to everyone else, they started from scratch and were able to find a way to get themselves out there.The first step is to build your credibility. While there are many ways to do so, Jeffrey explains how to use social media to document your journey and build trust. He also goes into how to navigate networking events and bring value no matter your experience level. The Donis Brothers have become widely successful in a record amount of time, and the way they built their network and brand is a large part of that.In This Episode We CoverBuilding credibility and how to use social media to do soThe 80/20 rule and why it’s an effective way to network and build relationshipsHow to bring value to others (without money!) and maintain a good reputationOvercoming imposter syndrome and how to be more confident in your abilitiesHow to vet potential investors and red flags you should look out forThe importance of constant self-education through real estate courses and classesAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupChanging Their Family’s Fate by Building a 600+ Unit Portfolio (At Age 20!)How to Find Free Money to Finance Your Education & Avoid Extensive Student DebtStudent Loans Update: Repayment, Refinancing, and Potential Forgiveness w/ Robert FarringtonRobert Farrington's WebsiteYour First Real Estate Investment PodcastTyler Madden's BiggerPockets ProfileSyndicationProJoe Polish's WebsiteInvestNextSubtoMeetupEventbriteCitrix PodioConnect with Jeffrey:The Donis Brothers' Website Jeffrey Donis' InstagramJeffrey Donis' TwitterThe Real Estate Monopoly Podcast Check out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-193Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This week’s question comes from Natalie on the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group. Natalie is asking: How did you narrow your focus to determine your strategy? And how do you get good at analyzing real estate deals? This is one of the most-asked questions we receive. When you’re starting as a rookie real estate investor, every strategy seems like a good one. You may hear a guest on the Real Estate Rookie show talk about wholesaling or flipping or short-term rentals. Before long, you’re already planning your next exciting purchase even if you had another one already in the works. This “shiny object syndrome” is common when getting started, and while it’s good to know about many different investing strategies, changing yours too often can lead you well off the path to financial freedom.Here are some suggestions if you’re torn between strategies and need to up your analysis game:Look at your resources and base your investing strategy upon what makes sense for you specificallyPledge to become an expert in a certain strategy and don’t try building too many bridgesSet up a strong foundation in your current investing strategy, then you can pivot wherever you wantPractice your deal analysis daily and send your calculations to other investors as a pulse checkGet to know your investing area as much as you can (even if you’re remote investing!)And more in the episode…If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBPCON2022Check the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-192Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
What differentiates a top producer from everyone else? The most common answer is hard work, ambition, and charisma, but what does that even mean? Hard work, while a universal concept, changes depending on the context, so what does hard work entail in real estate? Today’s familiar guest, David Greene, answers all these questions and more in today’s episode and his new book, SKILL.SKILL is only part two in his three-part book series where David teaches you how to excel as an agent or investor. It follows SOLD, which is all about gaining confidence by learning and understanding the fundamentals of real estate. SKILL then teaches you how to become a top producer and make more money through intelligent negotiation, building trust with clients, and becoming an expert in your field. Ideally, this book is for those with a little experience who want to take their career to the next level.In today’s episode, David shares some of the characteristics of a top producer. He goes over the importance of generating leads and how to do so, building your marketing funnel, and the metrics you should be tracking to find and convert more leads. Instead of telling you how to get better through abstract concepts, David provides concrete step-by-step examples on how to differentiate yourself, so you can beat out the other agents in your area.In This Episode We CoverHow to decide if getting your real estate license would be beneficial for you (it’s not the answer you think)Lead generation and how to get your name known How to improve investor and agent communications and find deals that align with your criteriaThe most important metrics to track if you want to scale your businessLead vs. lag measures and why tracking lead measures get you results soonerListing presentations, how to hold one, and why they make you stand out as an agentAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupMLSOn The Market PodcastBiggerPockets CalculatorBiggerPockets Agent FinderAJ Osborne's WebsiteThe CRE CircleBiggerPockets Real Estate PodcastBiggerPockets BookstoreFTXZillowRobert Abasolo's InstagramConnect with David:David's InstagramDavid Greene Real Estate Youtube ChannelCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-191Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
What is due diligence in real estate? If you ask most new investors, they’ll have some sense of what due diligence is, but may be confused about what it really means. Is due diligence when you analyze your deal? Who should you be in contact with during due diligence? How long does a due diligence period usually last? And what happens if your deal turns out to be a dud in due diligence?In reality, due diligence isn’t all that confusing. It’s simply the time that you, and your partners (if you have them), spend inspecting, double-checking, and re-analyzing the deal. The due diligence period is there for the protection of the investor, so you can use everything in your power to confirm that you truly are getting a great deal. But, before you start calling inspectors, make sure you follow some of these more granular steps that could save you a fortune in the future.Never done due diligence before? Here are some suggestions:Work with a seasoned real estate broker, agent, or attorney who can catch things you won'tDouble-check that your financing options still stand if you find anything wrong with the propertyTalk to the local city government or code enforcer to ensure prior work on the property was done correctlyCalculate out what the cost of repairs will be for the property once you’ve gotten an inspectionDon’t fall in love with a deal and be prepared to walk away if you find something that’ll kill your exit strategiesAnd more in the episode…If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupRyan Dossey's InstagramBallpoint MarketingAirbnbAlphaGeekCapitalMLSCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-190See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
House hacking is one of the easiest ways to get into real estate investing. Thanks to its flexible financing options, low down payment loans, and ability to cut your rent in half (or eliminate it), house hacking is truly a phenomenal investing strategy. In short, house hacking is when a homeowner or investor buys a house or multifamily and rents out the other rooms or units while they live in one of them.The house hacking strategy can be mixed and matched in any way you like. Want to live with a bunch of friends? Buy a three or four-bedroom house and rent out the rooms. Want to have a private space for you and your family? Buy a small multifamily and rent out the other units. No matter what you choose to do, house hacking can help speed up your journey to financial freedom. This is done by reducing the amount of money you spend on rent/a mortgage while also giving you serious tax benefits, instant cash flow, and appreciation so you can build wealth in the background.In this how-to episode, Ashley and Tony give you everything you need to find, analyze, finance, and buy a house hack. They go over in-depth real estate analysis so you can confidently bring a deal to your lender, partner, or just have peace of mind that you’re making a smart investment. This single home purchase could change your financial future forever, so what are you waiting for?In This Episode We CoverWhat is house hacking and the major benefits of hacking your houseThe four ways to build wealth in real estate and three common rookie mistakesThe best ways to fund your real estate deals or house hack propertyHow to analyze your next property using the BiggerPockets real estate calculatorsProperty management 101 and how to manage a rental propertyHow to get your first real estate deal faster with BiggerPockets tools and expert guidanceAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupThe Real Estate Robinsons Youtube ChannelBiggerPockets ForumsJames Dainard's InstagramOn The Market PodcastProjectRE Youtube ChannelBiggerPockets CalculatorDan Sullivan's LinkedInWho Not How: Stop Doing the Things You Hate, Free Up Time, Be Happier and Richer with Dan SullivanBiggerPockets Agent FinderCraigslistFacebook MarketplaceMLSBiggerPockets Rent EstimatorBiggerPockets MarketplaceBrandon Turner's BiggerPocket's ProfileBiggerPockets Pro MembershipDavid Greene's BiggerPocket's ProfileCraig Curelop's InstagramConnect with Ashley and Tony:Ashley's InstagramTony's InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-189See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Networking tips only matter as long as they work. Everyone knows the classic ones—bring a business card, wear a nametag, and look people in the eye. But, when you’re meeting with investors who have big portfolios, it can be easy to get flustered all of a sudden. Maybe you run into your dream mentor at your next real estate meetup—what do you do?Both Ashley and Tony were able to buy their first rentals and grow their portfolios thanks to networking. At first, they didn’t know what to do or say, and didn’t have many deals to speak of. But, over time, their net worth grew with their networking skills, allowing them to connect with more investors, find more deals, and build lifelong friendships. They’re testaments that even if you don’t have any deals yet, networking could be what brings you your first!Not used to networking? Here are some suggestions for your next meetup:Sign up for a BiggerPockets meetup in your city and get your tickets to BPCon2022!Don’t stick with your clique, remember that networking is there for you to meet new peopleRehearse the question you want to ask if a mentor, speaker, or inspiring investor is at the eventTake a break from networking to write down names, lessons learned, and takeaways from conversationsDon’t know anyone at the meetup? Join a group (they’ll almost always welcome you openly)And more in the episode…If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPocketsBiggerPockets BootcampsBiggerPockets ForumsBPCON2022Alex Sabio's InstagramDaryl Clinch's InstagramBrandon Turner's LinkedInTyler Madden's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-188See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Comments (18)

Jenniferann Rieger

it's hard to hear Tony.

Nov 18th
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Gus

Exactly 45% of this episode is advertisements. Content begins at 3:50

Sep 25th
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Jayclay Mac

I absolutely love this podcast cast and this episode is so valuable. It answers the question I cannot get away from; I love Real Estate... and working with people!

Jun 5th
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Jordyn Moreno

it's a buyer rep agreement

Feb 4th
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Ryan Copeland

Asana - I have to look up that project management tool

Dec 17th
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Joseph O'kray

This dude just admitted to fraud

Nov 4th
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Krystyan

Great Podcast

Oct 25th
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Braan Anderson

can you explain what counting meters does?

Oct 5th
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Nameuser

recession proof real estate investing

Aug 27th
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Nameuser

nvm he has a book lmao

Aug 27th
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Nameuser

anyone that knows when a recession starts and ends either trying to sell something or just delusional. Great to know that! should I get a econmic degree?

Aug 27th
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David D Carroll

Another fantastic podcast. I'm still househacking as my first deal.

Jun 4th
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David D Carroll

Great explanation of when balloon payments are useful. Thanks!

Apr 16th
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John Rice

love the channel appreciate you guys so much. I have a question about flipping. when your planning out your renovations and additions how do you estimate or appraise how much equity you'll create or how much profit you'll achieve?

Apr 4th
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Rick Doctor

I am super excited for this show. Can't wait!

Mar 4th
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