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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.
Cash flow and revenue should always be your main focus, but that’s not always the case. Often, the focus tends to be on the number of doors, with many investors not realizing you can make more with less. Today’s guest, Welby Accely, has mastered the art of maximizing revenue per unit and automating his flips. Despite his primary focus being quality over quantity, Welby has done over 100 flips in just four years!Welby’s success didn’t come overnight, in fact, most of it has come from trial and error. Welby started investing in 2004 without knowing anything about ROI or cash flow, but that didn’t stop him. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge cost him a fortune in time and money. Fast forward thirteen years, Welby has realized all the detrimental mistakes he was making. The price of his lessons may have been high, but now he knows people with twice as many doors as him that don’t make half as much net income.As Welby says, everything is about the numbers. When you realize this, it’s easier to focus on the properties that generate income and ditch the properties that don’t. Before you focus on the numbers, you need to understand cash flow and depreciation while also figuring out your financial goals and what aligns with them. These two metrics are Welby’s bread and butter. After he understood them, he created a simple formula for his flips and automated everything in his business, allowing him to make more while doing much less.In This Episode We CoverGenerating capital through your flips and how to invest that capital to make even moreUnderstanding capital, ROI, and depreciation and the importance of setting your financial goals first How to maximize revenue per unit and focus on the numbers to reach your financial goalsHow to simplify your scope of work, control your capital, and make your money work for you Building a business model that focuses on maximizing your revenue and simplifying your flipsWelby’s flip formula and how to automate your flipping process to get the most out of itAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupScammed, Cheated, But Still Coming Out with 50 units with Welby AccelyMLSZillowRedfinRealtor.comLowe’s Home ImprovementFlipper ForceConnect with Welby:Welby's InstagramWelby's WebsiteCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpocket.com/blog/rookie-187See 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 Aaron on the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group. Aaron is asking: What paperwork do I need to close an off-market deal? If presenting a cash offer, can it all be done between me and the seller? Do you typically ask for an inspection period?Off-market real estate deals can seem tricky when you’ve never done one before. For the most part, investors only deal with on-market deals where their real estate agent walks them through the closing process. When you’re pursuing off-market deals, you’re on your own (for the most part), but that doesn’t mean that closing on a new deal has to be complicated.Here are some suggestions:Contact local real estate attorneys and escrow offices before closing on a propertyRemember to include purchase contingencies (like inspections) so you’re not stuck with a bad dealSend in a letter of intent to the seller before presenting a formal offer to see where they standConsult a real estate attorney to draft up a legal, enforceable purchase and sale agreementWhen in doubt, lean on your escrow, title company, or attorney for the next stepsAnd 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 GroupInvestNextCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-186See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Today’s guest, Alicia Marks, started real estate investing unintentionally in 2011 when she became an accidental landlord. It wasn’t until eight years later, in late 2019, that she decided to intentionally invest in hopes of reaching her financial goals faster. Since then she has closed on five doors, has done one live in flip, and has six more under contract.Besides being a part-time investor, Alicia is also the BiggerPockets Community Manager. This direct connection to the BiggerPockets community has allowed Alicia to get more exposure to the world of real estate investing while also knowing first-hand how useful all the BiggerPockets tools can be. Alicia even found her partner through BiggerPockets! They started with only one deal to test the waters and had a very clear exit strategy in case it didn’t work out. Thankfully they discovered the partnership worked well for both of them, but if it hadn’t, Alicia would have been perfectly fine because of the exit strategy she put in place.After some major life changes, Alicia thought she’d pursue a dental career until she realized the people in the dental field were trying to get out and pursue real estate. It was then that she decided instead of accruing massive debt in hopes of reaching financial freedom, she’d return to real estate after an eight-year hiatus and begin her financial freedom journey right away!In This Episode We CoverThe importance of finding a solution-based property manager and how to maintain long-distance communication with themHow to find, manage, and build a lasting, beneficial relationship with contractorsExit strategies and why it’s important to have them in placeHow to plan your exit strategies and how to know when it’s time to implement themThe importance of structuring your partnership in a way that aligns with the strengths of you and your partnerHow to use private lender meetups to your full advantage and finding the perfect private money lender for youAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie BootcampBiggerPockets ForumsOn The Market PodcastJames Deinard's InstagramDave Meyers' InstagramOn The Market YouTube ChannelIs College Worth the Cost? This 30,000 Variable Study Says “Sometimes…”How to Retire Early With Real Estate & Do What Matters More with Chad CarsonOuch! Brandon & David’s 10 Biggest Investing Mistakes (& How to Avoid Them)AsanaConnect with Alicia:Alicia's BiggerPockets ProfileAlicia's InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpocket.com/blog/rookie-185See 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 Andrew on the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group. Andrew is asking: How would you handle a prospective tenant that has a bankruptcy on their record? Tenant screening is almost as important as rental property screening. A bad tenant can not only cost you potential rent but cause thousands or tens of thousands in damages if not handled correctly. This is why landlords are so strict when evaluating tenants, as a good tenant can mean next-to-nothing maintenance and a bad tenant can mean habitual headaches. It’s up to you whether or not a potential tenant meets your criteria. When evaluating, remember to stay within your legal limits!Got a tenant with some questionable financial history? Here’s how to proceed:Speak with the applicant and get their side of the story while trusting your gutVerify the applicant is truthful by running a credit check and background checkUse a property management software that allows you to report a tenant’s monthly payments to credit bureausLook at the applicant’s job history, debt-to-income ratio, and if they have any repossessionsKnow that people who have filed bankruptcy may only have the option to rent (for a while)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 GroupAlpha Geek CapitalBelmont Housing AuthorityRentRediCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-184See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In today’s episode, you’ll get to see the third major reason why Alpha Geek Capital, Tony’s fast-scaling real estate company, is so successful. Omid Tehranirad is the third partner in the group, acting as the first layer of protection, or as he puts it, the “chastity belt”, of the partnership. Omid is the head of investor relations and splits operational duties with Sara, Tony’s wife.  He discovered real estate after being unfulfilled by the typical “American Dream'' job. His parents encouraged him to pursue the tried and true traditional path that leads to retirement at sixty-five, but after sixteen years at a corporate job, he needed something to change. Omid was looking for something new when he stumbled upon BiggerPockets and discovered the power of real estate investing. He already knew Tony since he was Sara's cousin, but it wasn’t until they found out they both followed David Greene that they realized they could be making money together. From there, they did their first deal and as the saying goes, the rest is history.Omid and Tony work well together because they complement each other’s skillsets. Where Tony is idealistic, Omid is realistic and together they reach each goal they set. Omid has been able to leave his corporate nine to five of eighteen years and increase his wealth overall—his financial wealth, social wealth, time wealth, and physical wealth. For the first time in years, he’s able to drop his kids off at school, prioritize his physical health, and travel while still making money. Omid serves as proof that we all need to stop classifying wealth as just financial and realize true wealth is about finding your freedom.In This Episode We CoverBreaking away from the traditional “American Dream” (and finding something even better)The BRRRR method and how to a find low-risk rehabHow to prepare to transition from a fixed income to a variable income How to structure a partnership and prioritize partner alignment Understanding cash flow and making the numbers work for youIdentifying a client’s need and how to create a mutually beneficial relationship and partnershipAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie BootcampAirbnbBiggerPockets ForumsAlpha Geek CapitalDavid Greene's BiggerPockets ProfileMonday.comWrikeRookie Reply: How Much Cash Flow Do You Need to Quit Your W2? w/Daryl ClinchDaryl Clinch's InstagramFind Money, Partners, & Deals Using The “D.A.D System” w/ Mike MichalowiczMike Michalowicz's WebsiteHospitableRod Khleif's WebsiteConnect with Omid:Omid's InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpocket.com/blog/rookie-183See 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 Brandi through Ashley’s Instagram direct messages. Brandi is asking: Our current home could give us about $260,000 in net proceeds if sold. We plan to purchase rentals with those proceeds. But, our home is in a good location with good appreciation. Should we sell our primary to buy properties or refi and make it a rental?The sell vs. refi argument is back once again! In this hot housing market, it’s no surprise that homeowners want to take advantage of their growing equity by selling their properties. But, doing so could cause you to lose one property only to have to go out and find another. Although the sell vs. refi answer is specific to each investors’ situation, there are a few quick ways you can establish which is a good move for you.Here are some suggestions:Ask “what’s going to give me a higher ROI?” and look at metrics like cash-on-cash return and return on equity (ROE)Take out a home equity line of credit (HELOC) instead of refinancing and BRRRR your next rental to pay back the loanDon’t forget to factor in future appreciation that you could miss out on by sellingDouble-check your interest rate on your primary residence (it may be too good to give up!)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 GroupAlpha Geek CapitalTyler Madden's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-182See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
When you think about long-distance investing, what comes to mind? People usually have reservations about investing out-of-state, but today’s guests took it a step further and invested from halfway across the world. Today’s guest, Caleb Drake, has closed on nine doors with one flip underway.Caleb was active duty military for fourteen years, and once he joined special ops he was deployed for six months at a time. During those six months, his house would sit, unused, and that’s when he saw an opportunity. Caleb decided to rent out his house through Airbnb. As a new landlord and Airbnb host, Caleb had to learn by doing, a task that was increasingly more difficult since he was self-managing from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa. Caleb was able to combat this challenge by building a team that could handle what he couldn’t.After a few years of investing solo, Caleb joined a partnership to expand his portfolio and increase his profit. His partner was also out of the country, so they switched off who was “on-call” and figured out how to automate their check-in and check-out processes. As the business grew, the partnership adjusted to ensure its longevity. Caleb now hopes to continue to scale his business, add to his personal portfolio, and build wealth in the background.In This Episode We CoverThe importance of building a self-sufficient team and how to do soVetting your guests/tenants and how to target your ideal tenants How to invest out-of-state or overseas and automating your check-in processesResidential loans vs. commercial loans and how to figure out which one to useHow to balance and adjust your partnership(s) as your business growsThe importance of having a real estate agent with an investor mindset, plus how to find oneAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie BootcampAirbnbBiggerPockets ForumsThe BiggerPockets Conference 2022IGMSAlpha Geek CapitalRentometer BiggerPockets Calculators BiggerPockets Insights Connect with Caleb:Caleb's EmailCaleb's InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-181See 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 Rodney through Tony’s Instagram direct messages. Rodney, like many investors, has been told that you need twenty percent down to buy a rental property. Rodney wants to know the best way to fund a property without breaking the bank. He's asking: Should I save for a down payment or is there a way to get a rental without the twenty percent down?It’s not uncommon for real estate investors to get into deals with far less than 20% down. But, for a beginner, this type of task can seem a bit intimidating, especially if you’re looking at your first investment property. Thankfully, the world of real estate presents investors like us with many ways to creatively fund deals!Here are some suggestions:Purchase a vacation rental using a second home loan that only requires ten percent downPitch seller financing to the seller and walk them through the tax benefits of financing the property to youPartner up with an investor who can provide the down payment on the dealSign a joint venture agreement with another investor who can split the down payment with youRemember: if you find a deal you can (probably) find the money for it!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 ChannelBiggerPockets ForumsReal Estate Rookie Facebook Group Check the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-180See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Financial literacy is the first step to becoming a millionaire. Unfortunately, the US is a (relatively) financially illiterate country, so to become financially independent and add more zeros to your net worth, you have to self-educate. Fortunately, today’s guest has published a book and workbook that lays out exactly how to become a millionaire, even at a young age. Dan Sheeks lives and breathes all things personal finance. He has been a high school teacher for twenty years and teaches young people everything he wishes he would have known about financial literacy. He teaches a variety of different business classes, ranging from entrepreneurship to personal finance to marketing. His passion for working with young people is what inspired him to write his book, First to a Million. In this book, Dan details nineteen “freakish” phrases to get you to your first million. Throughout the book, Dan emphasizes the need to be “freakish” and be willing to do the work everyone else won’t.Besides his role as a teacher and an author, Dan is also an investor. He house hacked his first property in 2004 but he didn’t truly get into investing until he met his wife seven years ago. Together they have expanded their real estate operation and have closed on seventeen units. Dan has dedicated his life to personal finance and financial literacy so if there’s a man to learn from— it’s him.In This Episode We CoverAchieving early financial independence and the steps you need to take to get thereGood debt vs bad debt and how to use good debt to reach financial freedom How to use First to a Million and the First to a Million Workbook to reach your financial goalsThe four mechanisms of financial independence and how to implement them in your lifeNavigating all nineteen phases of First to a Million and their timelines (it’s easier than you think!)How to introduce and entice your child about the world of personal finance & financial independenceAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupThe Real Estate Robinsons Youtube ChannelThe BiggerPockets PodcastBiggerPockets BookstoreAJ Osbourne's InstagramAllyReal Estate Rookie BootcampAirbnbTurnoverBnBBiggerPockets Forums Connect with Dan:Dan's EmailDan's BiggerPockets ProfileDan's Linkedin Dan's InstagramDan's WebsiteCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-179See 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 Jessica through Tony’s Instagram direct messages. Jessica has seen what Tony and his wife Sara have been doing while building their short-term rental empire. But, Jessica is having some doubts. She’s asking: How do you invest in real estate when the idea of debt scares you? Many new investors have this fear. If you’re buying your first property, the thought of five or six-figure debt may seem like a massive weight on your shoulders. After all, isn’t the goal to be debt-free? Fortunately for real estate investors, the answer is no. Using leverage to buy properties makes your investing far more profitable and can help you get comfortable when taking on good debt.Here are some suggestions:Scared of debt? Pay off your personal debt before you invest in rental properties Think of debt as a tool that can help you build wealth with real estate Know the difference between good debt and bad debt and how to use bothDefine your “worst-case scenario” if you’re unable to pay your rental mortgage Use the BiggerPockets Calculators to calculate your rental property profits (especially when taking on debt!) 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 ChannelBiggerPockets ForumsReal Estate Rookie Facebook Group Real Estate Rookie Podcast in Apple PodcastIrvine CompanySam Zell's WebsiteCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-178See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Someone has to step up to the plate when a challenge presents itself, and today’s guest always does. Tammy Skeath began her real estate journey in 2018, and despite being faced with several unique obstacles, she has found immense success. She currently has seventeen units and plans on expanding exponentially within the next few years.Tammy was inspired to get started after watching her cousin continue to build wealth through real estate. Her first deal was a carbon copy of one of his deals. By doing this, she learned the ins and outs while having a step-by-step real estate guide she could reference. Despite replicating his deal, she encountered various problems that made the process more difficult. The city she invested in has strict rules to protect endangered animals, and instead of investing elsewhere she decided to do more research on the issue. From her research she was able to find a unique solution and complete the project.She did this again when she bought a gang house with twenty-seven code violations. Most people would say this type of property isn’t worth the hassle, but it was for her. She was able to double her initial investment, and pull out $600,000 from this one deal. Now real estate allows her to bring in a large amount of income, reach her goals faster and still have the time to spend with her kids.In This Episode We CoverGoal setting—how to define your goal, pursue it, and pivot once you achieve itHow to become good at and capitalize on something everyone’s scared of (it’s not as hard as you think)Spec builds—how to find a contractor & ask the right questions1031 exchanges, how to perform one, and why they’re an underrated investment toolHow to use cash for keys as a tool to help you and your tenant part ways peacefullyAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupAlpha Geek CapitalMLSYelpApartments.comStride: Mileage & Tax TrackerWave FinancialConnect with Tammy:Tammy's InstagramTammy's EmailTammy's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-177See 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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