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Ready to build your real estate empire… but not sure where to begin?

Think of us as your personal trainer.

From detailed breakdowns of real-world deals… to one-on-one coaching sessions and a warm, welcoming community… hosts Ashley Kehr and Tony J Robinson bring on a wide range of guests to tackle the “newbie” questions you've wondered about but might be afraid to ask.

Looking to 10X your real estate investing business this year? This show isn’t for you.

Looking for your first, second, or third deal -- or envisioning a more modest portfolio? Step right up. 

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we’ll arm you with the tips, tools, and roadmaps you'll need as you embark on your journey toward financial freedom.

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You have home renovations in the pipeline…but who’s going to manage them? Do you need the expertise of a general contractor, or can you manage tradespeople yourself? With so much at stake, including your budget and timeline, we’re here to help you make the right choice!   Welcome back to another Rookie Reply! In today’s episode, we’re bringing you expert tips to help with your renovations, from hiring general contractors to structuring agreements and more. We also talk about what to do when you’ve got around $100,000. Between house hacking, flipping houses, the BRRRR method, and other tactics, the sheer number of options can seem overwhelming. But not to worry—we’ll point you in the right direction! Feel like it’s too late to invest? We’ve got some expert investing strategies to share, even for a late starter. Finally, we discuss some creative ways to buy rental properties, including seller financing, DSCR loans, and more! If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can submit a question here, post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group, or call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE). In This Episode We Cover Hiring a general contractor versus self-managing your home renovations How to choose your investing strategy (for new investors and late starters!) Three types of general contractors (and which one to hire for YOUR project) How to structure a general contractor agreement (and what to include) Creative ways to buy rental properties with a high debt-to-income (DTI) ratio The advantages of seller financing and DSCR loans over conventional loans And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (00:41) How to Invest $100K (07:14) Hiring General Contractors vs. Self-Managing (16:34) General Contracting Agreements (22:39) Is It Ever TOO Late to Invest? (29:06) Investing with a High DTI Ratio (36:45) Send Us Your Question! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-422 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email advertise@biggerpockets.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A rental property that doesn’t cash flow can be a nightmare for new investors. But when the numbers no longer work, remember that not all is lost. Pivoting to another investing strategy can help save your property and get you right back in the green!   Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! Investor Kayley George had already built a small portfolio when she stumbled across an old, colonial-style home on the multiple listings service (MLS). With big plans to convert it into a fourplex, Kayley bought the property at a huge discount and got right to work—teeing up a hard money lender and kicking off renovations—only to uncover several MAJOR issues with the house. Fortunately, tuning into a previous Rookie episode helped her find another strategy and SAVE the “misfit” property. Today, this unique house brings in over $7,000 each month!   Not sure what to do with your rental? In this episode, you’ll learn about a business model that allows you to not only make a huge difference in your community but also boost your monthly cash flow—sober living. Along the way, Kayley will show you how to get bank financing for a sober living house, partner with nonprofits, find a property manager, screen tenants, and more! In This Episode We Cover Boosting your cash flow and helping others with THIS business model The power of partnering with nonprofits for property management How to properly source and screen tenants for a sober living home Setting expectations for tenants (and what to include in your lease agreements) Common mistakes and financing challenges you’ll face with sober living And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (01:03) Doubling Her Cash Flow?! (09:19) Sober Living 101 (17:30) Partnering with Nonprofits (23:57) How to Screen Tenants (30:20) Expectations & Lessons Learned (35:21) TOUGH Financing Challenges Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-421 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email advertise@biggerpockets.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Most real estate investors wait to save significant down payments on every property to grow their portfolios. But twenty-four-year-old Greyden Piechnick didn’t have time to wait. He knew creative financing was the only way. Troubled by his father’s serious health woes while still a high school senior, Greyden became extremely motivated to find financial freedom to spend quality time with his loved ones, and multifamily investing was the fastest way to reach this goal. Greyden delivered pizzas, worked twelve-hour factory shifts, and lived at home to save $20,000, his first down payment on a duplex in 2021. Using the BiggerPockets podcasts and Facebook groups to level up his investing knowledge, he later closed on a nine-unit building using negotiating finesse and seller financing. Despite some BIG issues, Greyden’s efforts have yielded serious results with sizable cash flow at both properties!  Greyden’s real estate journey illustrates the power of creative financing and how anyone, starting from ANY point, can invest! Through hard work, he’s crafted a lifestyle that fits his vision of what’s truly important. If you don’t want to wait another second to get on track to financial freedom, follow in Greyden’s footsteps!  In This Episode We Cover How to start investing in real estate at a young age, even with NO experience and little money  The power of creative financing and using it to buy bigger, better properties  One expensive lesson Greyden had to learn that YOU should avoid at all costs How to negotiate seller financing terms that are a win-win for you AND the seller  Funding your down payments with private money (and how to find private money lenders!) And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (01:03) A Huge Wake-Up Call (02:29) Delivering Pizzas and Factory Shifts (05:51) Buying the First Rental Property (08:30) 9-Unit Seller Finance Deal! (15:30) Negotiating the Price and Down (22:59) Finding Private Money (24:19) Real Estate Negotiation Tips (27:14) ash Flow Numbers! (28:13) Expensive Lessons Learned (31:02) Self-Managing vs. Property Management (33:57) What's Next for Greyden? Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-420 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email advertise@biggerpockets.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Real estate is a people business. You could buy several rental properties, but without the right people in the right roles, you’re going to be swimming upstream. Today’s guest has dedicated many years of study to this problem and is here to help you make better people decisions!   Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! The success of your real estate business largely depends on the people around you, from partners to property managers. Ahead of the release of his new book, Good Judgment, industrial-organizational psychologist Richard Davis, Ph.D joins the show to share his perspective on the crucial decisions that could make or break your real estate journey. Whether you’re looking to form investing partnerships, find good contractors, or hire property managers, this is an episode you won’t want to miss!   Tune in as Richard talks about the five main personality traits and how they predict behavior. Along the way, he busts some of the myths surrounding emotional intelligence (EQ) and shares the most important questions you should ask someone to determine if they are the right fit for your team. You’ll even learn about the power of perceptivity and why it’s SO important for you to keep this “cognitive muscle” strong! In This Episode We Cover Why behavioral psychology plays a HUGE role in real estate investing How to make better people decisions in your real estate business KEY questions to ask potential partners, contractors, property managers, and employees The five main personality traits explained (and Richard’s take on them) Why emotional intelligence (EQ) is not a good predictor of behavior And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (01:17) What Is Behavioral Psychology? (08:26) The Emotional Intelligence “Myth” (14:22) Perceptivity & Good Judgments (23:44) “Power” Questions to Ask (34:13) Forming GREAT Partnerships (39:14) Richard’s New Book! (40:38) Find the Right Fit! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-419 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email advertise@biggerpockets.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If you get your property management wrong, you could lose tens of thousands of dollars. A sketchy property manager could take all your rent and run, leaving you with the bills and no hope of recovering your long-lost rent checks. That’s precisely what happened to today’s guest, a seasoned real estate investor who’s even looked up to as an expert in the industry. Even he made a sizable property management mistake, and in this episode, we’re trying to help you avoid the same fate. The BiggerPockets Podcast Network is bringing you a crossover episode with the Real Estate Rookie podcast’s Ashley Kehr and the BiggerPockets Money podcast’s Scott Trench. Scott is not only the host of BiggerPockets Money but also the CEO of BiggerPockets. And today, he’s sharing every painful detail about how he lost over $40,000 by hiring a bad property manager. This IS an avoidable mistake, but some easily overlooked red flags could put you in the same position as Scott unless you’re very careful. Scott shares the entire story and gives the top red flags to look out for. He’ll explain why he DOESN’T give his whole portfolio to one property manager, why you MUST set communication standards from the start, the questions EVERY investor should ask before hiring a property manager, and the fees you should refuse to pay the next time you outsource your property management. Need a property manager? We’ll share the best tool ANYONE can use to find a property manager TODAY! In This Episode We Cover Deadly property management red flags and signs you should run from a property manager  Why you never, EVER give your entire portfolio to a single property manager/property management company  Simple questions to ask that immediately show if a property manager is legit  Negotiating fees and why Scott is okay with paying a higher monthly rate Communication expectations and what a property manager should be sending you EVERY month The easiest way to find a great property manager wherever you invest  And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (01:31) Hiring the Property Manager (03:48) Things Start Going Wrong (06:23) Losing $40K! (09:43) Property Manager Red Flags (15:50) Questions You MUST Ask (23:45) Negotiating Fees (30:16) Asset Type Matters! (35:05) Communication Expectations (37:40) Vetting for Legitimacy (43:27) Find a GREAT Property Manager Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-418 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email advertise@biggerpockets.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do you want an asset that offers a TON of cash flow? Multiple income streams? How about forced appreciation? Today, we’ll introduce you to an often-overlooked investing strategy that has something for everyone!   In 2018, Dylan Kidd was diligently climbing the corporate ladder. But a grueling schedule meant his family was getting his “leftovers,” and something had to give. Fortunately, he discovered real estate investing at the perfect time. Within only a few months, he had become passionate about small multifamily and bought several properties. But eventually, he saw that these smaller deals could only take him so far, which is when he pivoted to commercial real estate—a move that unlocked all types of investing opportunities and helped him amass over 200 “units”!   In this episode, you’ll hear about an “underrated” asset class that offers enormous cash flow and various revenue streams. The best part? This niche has low competition, making it easy for rookie investors to claim a piece of this profitable pie! Now an experienced broker, Dylan will not only show you how to find, analyze, and finance these deals but also teach you the art of sourcing and nurturing leads! In This Episode We Cover The “underrated” asset class that offers huge cash flow and MANY income streams The investing strategy Dylan used to scale to over 200 units in just SIX years How to find, analyze, and buy your first campground (step by step) How to build and scale your portfolio FAST with commercial real estate The art of sourcing commercial real estate leads (expert tips from a real broker!) Taking down larger deals through the power of partnerships and seller financing And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (00:50) 209 Units in 6 Years! (06:34) Scaling with Campgrounds (14:58) Finding & Analyzing Deals (25:44) Dylan’s FIRST Commercial Deal (35:02) How to Buy a Campground (40:34) Sourcing Leads & Cold Calling (43:09) Connect with Dylan! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-417 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email advertise@biggerpockets.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Finding and funding real estate deals are the two biggest obstacles new investors face today. Are these skills preventing you from building your portfolio? You’re in luck. Today’s expert will show you how to find, analyze, and finance deals like the smartest investors do!   Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! Henry Washington is not only a big-time investor with well over 100 doors but also a fellow podcast host and new author here at BiggerPockets. In anticipation of his upcoming book, Real Estate Deal Maker, he joins the show to discuss the common challenges of finding and funding deals. Henry is bringing you expert tips for all situations, whether you’re trying to pin down your sourcing strategy or find creative ways to buy rental properties.   In this episode, Henry will not only explain why finding a rental property is FAR more important than funding it but also share his most effective strategy for sourcing GREAT deals. He also walks you through an initial call with a seller, where you’ll learn how to build trust and present seller financing as a win-win for both sides! In This Episode We Cover The two biggest obstacles new investors face (and how to solve them!) Why finding a deal is FAR more important than funding a deal How to choose the right strategy for sourcing deals Seller financing explained and how to build trust with sellers What you MUST find out about a property during an initial call How to use seller motivation to help you land a GREAT deal And So Much More! (00:00) Intro  (00:59) How to FIND Deals (08:51) Henry’s Go-To Sourcing Strategy (13:49) What Makes a “Great” Deal? (20:17) The Motivation to Sell (24:20) Building Trust with Sellers (27:48) How to FUND Deals (34:26) Seller Financing 101 (38:16) Connect with Henry! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-416 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email advertise@biggerpockets.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Real estate investing and contracting go hand in hand, but not many investors are bold enough to tackle their own home renovations. Today’s guest is, however, and he’s about to show you the business model he uses to create a ton of cash flow, scale his portfolio, and save a fortune on taxes!   Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! Today, we’re joined by Riley McFarland, who happens to be one of Ashley’s general contractors, as well as an investor closing in on twenty doors. Having grown up around real estate, Riley knew that owning rental properties was one of the best ways to build wealth. But after taking a few contracting jobs, he discovered a knack for home renovations as well. By combining the two, Riley has a thriving business that brings in $9,000 in monthly cash flow and more in tax benefits!   In this episode, Riley talks about how he runs his investing-contracting business like a developer and buys MORE rentals in the process. He also shares the best value-adds for boosting equity and why he prefers to buy the “ugliest” rentals he can find. He even gets into the process of estimating rehab costs during an initial walkthrough and leaves you with several crucial questions to ask before hiring a general contractor! In This Episode We Cover The benefits of being a general contractor who also invests in real estate How to turn a HUGE profit by buying, fixing, and flipping “ugly” rentals Tax advantages of having your own investing/contracting business How to save a fortune on your rehab projects with DIY home renovations Key questions to ask when vetting an investor-friendly contractor The BEST and most affordable value-adds for growing equity And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (00:48) Growing Up with Real Estate (07:06) Why Investing AND Contracting? (13:40) Walking Properties & Finding Contractors (20:30) Project Management 101 (25:54) The BEST Rental Value-Adds (28:38) Vetting Contractors & DIY (32:03) Investing Tips for Contractors (35:42) Connect with Riley! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-415 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email advertise@biggerpockets.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do you dream of building a real estate empire and reaching financial independence but stop short due to the “tenants and toilets” problem? The irony wasn't lost on twenty-nine-year-old Dillon Leonard when a renter accidentally burned the roof off one of his properties. This incident, along with several others, prompted him to explore self-storage investing as a way to escape residential rentals while still allowing him exposure to real estate. Knowing little to nothing about this often-forgotten segment of the market, Dillon sought expert advice by taking local self-storage owners out for coffee. He soon took action on a 12,000 sq. ft. property for around $300,000 and tripled his investment in a year’s time. Encouraged, he scaled his portfolio over the next three years and now receives approximately $70,000 in gross monthly revenue from 800 units! Dillon’s self-storage success story has allowed him to build a team and implement systems to run day-to-day operations. Not yet thirty, he now enjoys options that many twice his age wish they had, including potentially retiring from the fire department, spending more time with family, and leaving a property package as a legacy. Tune into this episode to explore the nuts and bolts of the self-storage industry as well as the inspiring mindset realizations that Dillon has experienced in his journey! In This Episode We Cover Finding financial freedom by investing in often-overlooked assets (like self-storage!)  The exact method Dillon used to find the most lucrative self-storage properties How to scale in self-storage using a variety of financing methods The due diligence practices you MUST utilize to be successful How to know when hiring a team becomes essential – and how to pull it off Why an entrepreneurial mindset frees you from financial fear no matter what happens Why it’s never too soon to start crafting your exit strategy  And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (01:14) Residential Rental Woes (05:09) Escaping Tenants & Toilets (07:38) 1st Self-Storage Deal (10:34) Financing Self-Storage (12:53) Self-Storage vs. Rentals (19:13) Growing His Self-Storage Business (22:47) Time Management Tips & Tricks (26:04) Scaling through Creative Financing (27:50) Hitting Financial Freedom! (31:09) Acquisitions and Due Diligence (34:55) Systems and Processes (37:23) Quitting His Job Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-414 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email advertise@biggerpockets.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If real estate investing was easy, everyone would be doing it! The truth is that, despite the financial freedom and flexibility it offers, investing is hard work. And it’s even more difficult if you’re working a full-time job or raising a family. But with good time management and a little sacrifice, you can do it! Welcome back to another Rookie Reply! In today’s episode, we talk about the challenges of juggling a nine-to-five job and investing. We also discuss some of the most important documents you need when creating lease agreements or inheriting tenants. Are BAD neighbors causing headaches and scaring away your best tenants? We have several solutions to this problem—including one that will help you avoid the issue before you commit to buying a rental property: ordering a property survey and setting boundaries! If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can submit a question here, post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group, or call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE). In This Episode We Cover How YOU can make time for real estate investing while working nine-to-five Three documents you need to be in place when inheriting tenants How to deal with troublesome neighbors (while buying more rentals!) Why you MUST include lien prohibition notices in your lease agreements Why every investor should order a property survey before buying a rental property And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (00:46) Making Time for Real Estate (07:49) Inheriting Tenants 101 (12:51) Lien Prohibition Notices (17:21) Dealing with BAD Neighbors (26:15) Do You Need a Survey? (31:58) Send Us Your Question! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-413 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Want to invest but fear you don’t have enough money to get started? Building a profitable real estate business could be the answer. This strategy allowed today’s guest to not only scale her portfolio but also develop skills to level up her own rental properties AND bring in $600,000/year! Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! Today, we’re joined by the “accidental investor,” Terri-Leigh Huleis. Married with three children, Terri and her husband didn’t have enough money to buy a house…or so they thought. After moving from California to a more affordable market, Terri was able to make her dream of homeownership a reality. Little did she know that this was just the beginning of her real estate journey. It wasn’t long before Terri had turned her passion for interior design into a $600,000/year business—one that has allowed her and her husband to scale in very little time! After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, Terri lives every day as if it’s her last. This self-starter’s story is filled with all kinds of helpful nuggets you can use on your own journey—from finding creative ways to fund home renovation projects to setting up an Airbnb in four weeks or less. Stick around until the end to hear about the top amenities you’ll want to add to your short-term rental in 2024! In This Episode We Cover How Terri grew an interior design business that pulls in $600,000 per year Using credit card rewards to fund an ENTIRE home renovation project How to start a business that allows you to buy even MORE real estate Landing your first interior design clients (even if you don’t have a portfolio!) How to design an Airbnb, step by step, in just four weeks or less The hottest amenities to add to your short-term rental in 2024 And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (00:42) Buying Their First House (09:52) Starting an Interior Design Business (18:18) Making $600K/Year?! (26:43) Short-Term Rental Design 101 (35:24) Money-Making Airbnb Tips (38:12) Connect with Terri! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-412 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If you’re willing to get your hands dirty, new builds and home renovations can deliver a HUGE return on investment (ROI). Just ask today’s guest! After passing up on a deal that became a cash cow for another investor, he decided to put an end to his analysis paralysis, earn his general contracting license, and get right to work! Today, we’re joined by a former The Bachelorette contestant, NCAA Division I quarterback, and new investor. Despite many years in the spotlight, Tyler Cameron doesn’t plan to escape the public eye just yet—trading a rose for a hammer in his latest show, Going Home with Tyler Cameron. In today’s episode, he discusses his journey into real estate, which began shortly after inheriting his childhood home. Wanting to honor his late mother, Tyler completed several renovations—making his fair share of mistakes along the way. Even with some tough lessons learned, the property rents for a pretty penny, giving him and his brothers another reliable stream of income. Tune in to learn why Tyler got started in real estate (and why he almost didn’t), what drew him to new construction, and how he has built a three-million-dollar portfolio in only THREE years. He also offers his best short-term rental tips and shares why so many investors are flocking to his hometown of Jupiter, Florida—a growing market where high appreciation is the norm! In This Episode We Cover How Tyler built a three-million-dollar portfolio in just THREE years Why market uncertainty shouldn’t stop you from investing in real estate The keys to a successful home renovation project or new build Why new construction might offer you the BEST return on investment (ROI) Short-term rental tips for new investors (and why the customer is “always right”) Why MORE investors are buying rental properties in Jupiter, Florida And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (01:02) Renovating His Childhood Home (04:47) $3M in 3 Years?! (09:29) Life in the Spotlight (13:42) KEY Lessons Learned (21:57) Short-Term Rental Tips (25:38) Investing in Jupiter, Florida (30:28) New Builds vs. Renovations (32:38) “Going Home with Tyler Cameron” (36:08) Connect with Tyler! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-411 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Private money is a “secret weapon” for real estate investing, allowing you to dodge the major banks and fund real estate deals on your terms. But just how easy is it to get this type of funding? The answer might surprise you. You don’t want to miss this masterclass on direct lending!   Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! Concluding our three-part miniseries on the fundamentals of funding, we’re diving into direct lending with investor and fellow BiggerPockets host Henry Washington. In this episode, he covers the different types of direct lending options that are available to new investors—including private money and hard money—and discusses the many reasons why he uses them to build his own real estate portfolio!   Unfortunately, too many investors adopt a scarcity mindset and throw themselves at the mercy of any big bank that might finance their deals. Henry’s about to prove why lenders need YOU more than you might think and teach you how to craft the perfect private lending pitch from that position! He also shows you how to properly vet a lender and shares what you can do today to build relationships with the smaller lenders in your community! In This Episode We Cover How to obtain private money and get funding on your terms Why lenders need YOU just as much (if not more) than you need them Hard money versus private money (and which type of loan is right for you!) How to properly vet a lender before giving them your business How to craft the perfect pitch to a private money lender The BEST ways to build relationships with smaller, local lenders And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (01:17) What Is Direct Lending? (05:53) Building Relationships (11:55) How to Vet a Lender (20:17) Working with Private Money (28:14) The Perfect Private Money “Pitch” (33:59) What If You Can’t Pay? (40:00) Connect with Henry! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-410 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Knowing how to get a mortgage is a crucial step in your journey to buy a rental property. Of course, the money side of things can be intimidating. How do you find a lender? What type of mortgage do you need? When should you get a preapproval? You likely have all sorts of questions…and we have answers! Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! In part two of our fundamentals of funding miniseries, certified mortgage advisor Jeff Welgan joins the show to share his lending expertise and equip rookies with some golden financing tips. In this episode, he debunks some of the most common misconceptions about real estate lending and shares some of the biggest red flags to watch out for in a lender. But that’s not all. Jeff will show you an EASY way to build an entire portfolio with very little money—a lesser-known strategy that allows you to use down payment assistance programs and first-time home buyer loans to your advantage. Jeff also talks about the biggest differences between conventional and non-conventional loans, what to expect during the underwriting process, and where he expects mortgage rates to be in the not-so-distant future! In This Episode We Cover: The EASY way to build your rental portfolio with low money The mortgage approval timeline and what to expect during the underwriting process How to get 100% financing (or more!) with down payment assistance programs The biggest red flags to watch for in a lender (and key questions to ask!) How to get a first-time home buyer loan (even if it’s NOT your first property!) The most common misconceptions surrounding real estate lending Conventional loans versus non-conventional loans (and which one YOU need) And So Much More! Links from the Show Find an Agent Find a Lender Ashley's BiggerPockets Profile Ashley's Instagram Tony's BiggerPockets Profile Tony's Instagram Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group Join BiggerPockets for FREE Submit Your Real Estate Rookie Question! Get Tips, Advice, & Support in the BiggerPockets Forums Join the Real Estate Rookie Bootcamp Grab the BiggerPockets Investing Books Property Manager Finder Real Estate Rookie 408 – Fundamentals of Funding: How to Find the Right Lender for Your Next Rental w/Joe Coleman BiggerPockets Real Estate 939 – BiggerNews: 100% Financing for First-Time Home Buyers is HERE BiggerPockets Real Estate 943 – BiggerNews: Can’t Qualify for Another Mortgage? Try THESE Investor Loans w/Jeff Welgan Connect with Jeff: Jeff's BiggerPockets Profile (00:00) Intro (01:09) Funding Challenges & Lender Red Flags (07:00)) Common Financing Misconceptions (12:10) Kicking Off the Lending Process (17:26) Getting a Loan with an LLC (22:50) The Lending Timeline & Credit Pulls (28:48) Mortgage Underwriting 101 (35:23) Conventional vs. Non-Conventional Loans (41:30) Where Are Mortgage Rates Headed? (46:54) Connect with Jeff! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-409 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Financing rental properties is a common roadblock that prevents many rookies from investing in real estate, but finding a great lender doesn’t have to be difficult! We’ve got some timely tips, tricks, and tools that will make funding ALL of your real estate deals easier than ever! Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! Today, we’re bringing you part one of a three-part miniseries on the fundamentals of funding. We’re joined by investor concierge at BiggerPockets, Joe Coleman, who shares some of his best advice for financing your first (or next!) rental property. In this episode, he peels back the curtain to reveal some of the nuances of financing—including when to start engaging lenders while analyzing rental properties and how to find an investor-friendly lender. Wish you could compare several loans at once? Joe shares a powerful tool that will help you do just that. He also talks about the differences between consumer-purpose and business-purpose loans and why you should be familiar with the different types of lenders and loan products that are available. Finally, stick around until the end to learn about the ONE question your lender doesn’t want you to ask—one that could help you save thousands of dollars on your investment property! In This Episode We Cover How to find funding for your first (or next!) real estate deal The ONE question you must ask your lender (that will save you a TON of money) The different types of lenders and loans you NEED to know about The easiest way to compare multiple lenders at the same time Why you should know a lender’s source of capital before borrowing from them Consumer-purpose versus business-purpose loans (and which one YOU need) And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (03:53) WHEN Do You Need a Lender? (07:26) Common Financing Misconceptions (11:50) Different Types of Lenders & Loans (20:08) Loan Requirements & Speaking with Lenders (28:26) The EASY Way to Compare Lenders (39:01) Lock In Your Interest Rate! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-408 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Are you tired of paying someone else’s mortgage? Then you’re in the right place. In today’s show, we’re sharing how to buy a home in 2024, even as a complete beginner, as we walk through a rookie’s step-by-step journey to purchasing his first primary residence, which could also become a rental! If you feel like you’re in the same position and want to be the receiver, not the sender, of monthly rent checks, tune in as we walk through how today’s rookie is gearing up to become a first-time homebuyer! Aaron Mann was tired of renting. After being around real estate investors at his day job, he started to feel like he was missing out. Meanwhile, his wife was reading a slew of BiggerPockets books and told Aaron it was time to look into buying—he agreed! This couple is now beginning their house-hunting journey and has already zeroed in on their strategy, investing area, and what they want to buy. With the help of our own Ashley Kehr in the BiggerPockets Real Estate Rookie Bootcamp, Aaron is set to close on his first home in the near future. Want to get YOUR first rental property or primary residence this year? Tune in and start taking these beginner steps! Sign up for a BiggerPockets Bootcamp today to get on the path to buying your FIRST or next rental property!  In This Episode We Cover How to buy your first home or rental property within the next year! The “house hacking” strategy that allows you to significantly save on your mortgage payment  How to save for a down payment and the basics of budgeting for first-time homebuyers The one program that helps you to find discounted properties in your area Getting a mortgage and the steps to take to see how much you can afford  The one zero-percent-down loan that most homebuyers have no idea about  And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (01:26) Deciding to Invest (07:09) Best Beginner Investing Strategy  (12:23) Finding Properties  (13:41) Saving for a Down Payment  (26:56) Picking a Market  (29:29) Getting a Mortgage  (35:04) Join the Rookie Bootcamp! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-407 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What goes into a commercial real estate deal? You’re about to find out! Fortunately, buying one of these properties isn’t quite the jump from residential real estate as you might expect it to be. Whether you’re a new investor or own several rentals, YOU, too, can buy a commercial property! Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! A few months back, we chatted with Tony about his new thirteen-unit hotel in Utah. Since then, the hotel has officially launched, and today, we’re joined by not only Tony but also his wife, Sara, to discuss the ins and outs of this enormous project. With months of planning, rehabbing, and problem-solving in the rearview, they break down the deal from start to finish—sharing some of their biggest successes, as well as some important lessons learned. If you’re interested in commercial real estate investing, you don’t want to miss this episode! You’ll learn how to create a budget for a large renovation project, choose a model for paying contractors, get better reviews for your short-term rental, and form a seamless partnership with your spouse! In This Episode We Cover How the Robinsons planned, rehabbed, and launched a thirteen-unit hotel Implementing self-check-in convenience on a commercial property How to create a watertight budget for a large renovation project Effective strategies for managing and paying your contractors How to divvy up responsibilities when investing with your spouse How to get MORE bookings (and keep your property occupied year-round!) And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (02:43) Managing & Paying Contractors (09:43) Numbers on the Hotel (15:37) HUGE Lessons Learned (18:49) Self-Check-In Challenges (25:11) Building a Team & Getting Reviews (28:41) Working with Your Spouse (35:17) Connect with the Robinsons! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-406 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
MANY people invest in real estate for financial freedom. Unfortunately, not all investors get there. The truth is that a little cash flow won’t allow you to quit your W2 job or support an early retirement. You need a LOT of cash flow, or you need a bigger portfolio! Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! With two college degrees and a successful career, Dan Marklin had what many people envy in life. But one day, after realizing that the top rung of the corporate ladder wasn’t as glamorous as it seemed, he began to dream of something more—a job that would afford him total financial freedom and allow him to spend more time with loved ones. It wasn’t long before Dan had dived headfirst into the world of real estate investing, buying his very first rental property. In this episode, Dan will show you the method he used to scale his portfolio from zero units to over ninety doors in just THREE years! Along the way, you’ll learn the differences between cash flow, cash-on-cash return, and an even MORE important data point to consider when analyzing rental properties. But that’s not all. Dan spares no detail when recalling one of his real estate horror stories and shares how YOU can overcome the challenges of multifamily property investing! In This Episode We Cover: How to achieve financial freedom by investing in real estate Why YOU should start investing in small multifamily in 2024 Cash flow, cash-on-cash return, and internal rate of return explained The MOST important data point to consider when analyzing properties How to scale your portfolio WITHOUT sacrificing time or cash flow And So Much More! Links from the Show Find an Agent Find a Lender Ashley's BiggerPockets Profile Ashley's Instagram Tony's BiggerPockets Profile Tony's Instagram Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group Join BiggerPockets for FREE Submit Your Real Estate Rookie Question! Get Tips, Advice, & Support in the BiggerPockets Forums Analyze Your Rental Property with the BiggerPockets Calculator Real Estate Rookie 346 – The Multifamily Investing Masterclass: How to Get Started in 2024 BiggerPockets Real Estate 496 – Become a (Small) Multifamily Millionaire in 7 Steps w/ Brian Murray and Brandon Turner Books Mentioned in This Episode: Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat by David Greene The Book on Managing Rental Properties by Brandon & Heather Turner Connect with Dan: Dan's BiggerPockets Profile Dan's Instagram Profile Dan's Facebook Profile (00:00) Intro (01:05) The Journey to Financial Freedom (07:55) EASY First Steps (13:02) How to Analyze Rentals (19:52) Buying the First Property (23:45) Dan’s “Horror” Deal (33:14) Finishing the Rehab & Scaling (39:38) Connect with Dan! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-405 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How do you know if a rental property will make enough cash flow before you buy? Budgeting is KEY. When breaking down a deal, it’s critical that you account for the costs of all capital expenditures (CapEx), maintenance, and repairs. Overlooking an important line item could easily put you in the red!   Welcome back to another Rookie Reply! In today’s episode, we’re going to show you how to budget for the everyday operating costs that come with owning rental properties, as well as how to set minimum cash flow requirements when analyzing a rental. Should you find a partner for your next house hack? We get into the potential advantages and disadvantages of joining forces with other investors. We also talk about the many tax benefits in real estate and whether you need a limited liability company (LLC) to maximize them! If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can submit a question here, post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group, or call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE). In This Episode We Cover How to budget for everyday rental expenses, maintenance, and repairs How to set minimum cash flow requirements when analyzing deals The pros and cons of forming a real estate investing partnership for a house hack How to distinguish capital expenditures from repairs and maintenance Whether you NEED an LLC to reap all of the tax benefits of real estate investing And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (00:31) Claiming Tax Write-Offs (04:02) Budgeting for Property Expenses (15:45) Partnering on a House Hack? (23:42) CapEx vs. Repairs & Maintenance (26:37) How Much Cash Flow Do You Need? (32:37) Send Us Your Question! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-404 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buying small multifamily properties is an easy way to build a portfolio, and with a little creativity, you don’t even need a ton of money! Despite a rocky start to his real estate journey, today’s guest was able to take advantage of a HUGE investing opportunity and buy several properties in very little time. Welcome back to the Real Estate Rookie podcast! Like many new investors, Sean Reischel started out using the house hacking strategy. Unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan, as an incident involving spaghetti and his garbage disposal ultimately drove a tenant out of his property. However, Sean was able to turn this bad situation into a golden opportunity by renovating the unit, raising rents, and placing a new tenant quickly. Fast forward only a few years, and Sean and his wife own five small multifamily properties worth a combined $2.7 million! Whether you need help with financing or partnerships, this episode is loaded with practical tips that even the greenest investor can use. Sean shares how he teams up with other investors to buy properties faster, as well as how rehabbing and refinancing properties has increased his buying power. He even dives into his main markets—Salt Lake City, Utah and Louisville, Kentucky—and the investing strategies he deploys in these areas! In This Episode We Cover How Sean turned a house hacking “hiccup” into $2.7 million in small multifamily How to analyze real estate deals using the one-percent rule What to look for when choosing a new market to invest in Using the power of refinancing to buy MORE rental properties How to scale your real estate portfolio faster with partnerships And So Much More! (00:00) Intro (01:11) Sean’s FIRST House Hack (06:55) The “Spaghetti” Fiasco (12:49) Renovating the Damaged Unit (21:33) The Louisville, KY Market (27:22) Finding & Funding Deals (33:26) Changing Roles & the Investor “Pitch” (38:16) Connect with Sean! Check out more resources from this show on BiggerPockets.com and https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-403 Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Email: advertise@biggerpockets.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Feb 5th
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Aakash Amanat

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Aug 21st
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Tammy Martin

The purchase, sale, borrowing, or even leasing options for a piece of commercial property often hinge upon the commercial real estate valuation https://cesvaluations.com/value of the building. Assessing that value, however, is no simple matter. Commercial appraisals are generally more subjective than residential reviews, whether it’s an apartment building, an industrial complex, a retail shopping center, or an owner-occupied business structure.

Dec 29th
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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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