About BiggerPockets

About Us

The Real Estate Investing Social Network, Information Hub and Marketplace

real estate BiggerPockets.com is one of the most respected online real estate networking and information resource platforms, created for professionals, investors, homeowners, and other aficionados. With over 150,000 members, 500,000 monthly unique visitors (8/2013), 700,000+ forum posts, and tens of thousands of articles, BiggerPockets is changing an industry, one investor at a time.

Our mission is to help educate people in all aspects of real estate and real estate investing and to provide tools, data, and resources to enhance real estate knowledge, networking, dealmaking, marketing, and other day to day real estate activities.

Going beyond the website, BiggerPockets delivers top-notch real estate networking and educational content via its ebooks, podcast, and the BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Summit.


What Are You Guys Trying to Do?

Our mission is to help educate people in all aspects of real estate and real estate investing and to provide tools and resources to enhance real estate knowledge, networking, dealmaking, and marketing. Furthermore, we believe that the real estate investing industry has a credibility problem — we're here to try and change that.

Learn more about the BiggerPockets Mindset, Core Beliefs, and reasons to join on our Start Here page. This page also contains links to several important tutorials for using the site, including the all important "How to Use BiggerPockets to Grow Your Business"


What's So Unique about BiggerPockets?

real estate community We take pride in offering all of our basic services & resources FREE to our users, and strive to bring our users new and exciting services that are often a pay service elsewhere. While BiggerPockets does have PRO accounts available for users who are looking for more powerful tools, the basic account will grant access to all areas of the site encompassing education and discussion.

Since its founding in 2004, BiggerPockets has revolutionized the way people in the real estate world network. With our Social Networking Platform, which allows people to safely and professionally communicate with one another, we were able to bring these networking capabilities to the next level.

Unlike most other real estate investing and "educational" real estate websites, we do not promote "gurus" in an effort just to gain affiliate sales. Our purpose is to help educate our members directly on our site. Through our forums, articles, member blogs, podcast and BiggerPockets Blog, users can get an education that they'd spend thousands of dollars for elsewhere. We believe that there should be an alternative to high-priced, and often outdated guru materials, and BiggerPockets is designed to fill that void.

Our site is here for the consumer. We are not fans of the sleazy sales pitch and that shows if you take a look at our forums and other areas of the site! We kick out spammers and leeches and focus on providing our members with a safe learning, networking, and marketing experience free from pressure and solicitation.

There are many copycats out there, but only one BiggerPockets!

Want more information about BiggerPockets?
Learn about the Nine Core Beliefs of BiggerPockets Members, Why Join BiggerPockets: 12 Benefits for You and Your Business, What to Do First at BiggerPockets, Important Tutorials, and The Best of BiggerPockets... So Far on our Start Page


Company Leadership

Joshua Dorkin - Founder / CEO
BiggerPockets.com was founded by Joshua Dorkin and launched on October 22, 2004. An entrepreneur, web designer, real estate investor, and one-time realtor, Joshua was not satisfied by the online offerings of other real estate sites out there, and decided to build one himself. Mr. Dorkin's vision for BiggerPockets has helped to propel it into becoming one of the top real estate destinations online. His vision for the site and its future has brought national press attention to both Mr. Dorkin and to BiggerPockets.

Brandon Turner - Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Brandon is the Senior Editor and Community Director for BiggerPockets.com as well as an active real estate investor specializing in both flipping and long-term residential rentals. Brandon purchased his first property at the age of 21 and, alongside his wife, quickly built up a portfolio of cash-flow positive properties that enabled them to leave the corporate world and pursue their passions. Brandon then began blogging and teaching others about investing in real estate and in November 2012, joined the BiggerPockets team to help grow the community. Brandon also enjoys traveling, playing the acoustic guitar, and drinking 185 degree peppermint hot chocolate drinks from Starbucks.

Engineering Team

Edd Morgan - Chief Software Engineer
Edd is a straight-up geek with a neurotic insistence on perfection in everything he does. Having worked with such companies as Motorola and Microsoft, Edd is well versed in general software development best practices, and enjoys programming in Ruby, Python and C#. A lover of great design in whatever form it takes - both on-screen and in the physical world - Edd applies what he admires to his own work. He believes form and function can and should exist together, yet never to negate each-other. Recreationally, he loves to take photos; write; play video games; drink tea; and, above all else, learn.

Jarrett Baugh - Software Engineer
Jarrett began programming in C and C++ before moving to web development, giving him a deeper understanding of software. Software engineering has always been fascinating to Jarrett because he loves to solve problems. He is always trying to improve himself by learning new techniques and working with smart people. Outside of programming, he enjoys learning about the sciences, relaxing with friends, and investing for his future. He graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Computer Science.
 

Volunteer Community & Moderation Team

Jon Holdman - Lead Moderator
Jon is an IT guy who does real estate investment part time. He designs and develops storage subsystems, which is a combination of hardware and software. Jon started doing hard money loans in 2007, and then bought his first property in 2008. He continues to invest in properties throughout the Denver area.

Dawn Anastasi - Moderator
Dawn is a part-time real estate investor out of Milwaukee, WI who also works a full-time job as an accounting software consultant. She began her real estate investing career in 2008 with two single-family homes that started off as rentals and were later sold. She transitioned to the Milwaukee area in 2011 and in just two years, purchased 6 single-family homes and two duplexes. She continues to invest in buy-and-hold properties in the Milwaukee area.

Will Barnard - Moderator
Will Barnard is a real estate investor and developer in Southern California. Will has experience in almost every aspect of real estate investing including spec building, fix and flip, rehabbing, wholesaling, landlording, short sales, land development, notes, and more. Find out more about Will on his website www.BarnardEnterprises.com

Ned Carey - Moderator
Ned Carey is a full time real estate investor with ten years of investing experience. He is a lifelong entrepreneur. Previously he owned an independent sales organization for the bicycle industry before turning to real estate. Mr. Carey’s specialty is tax sale investing which he uses to acquire properties to wholesale or to build his rental portfolio. His experience includes multi-family, single family, renovations, tax liens, ground leases, holding mortgages and wholesaling. This wide range of experience makes him a sought after coach, mentor and partner. His website: BaltimoreRealEstateInvestingBlog.com

Steven Hamilton - Moderator
Steven is a full-time accountant specializing in tax and a part-time investor living in North Chicagoland. He represents individuals and businesses before the IRS. He began his investing career in the family real estate business to learn the trade and began investing in 2006. He opened a property management company in 2006 and then started flipping properties shortly after.

Mehran Kamari - Moderator
Mehran is a fairly new real estate investor living in Southern California. Right now, he works the graveyard shift at his full time J.O.B. in the medical field. Mehran acquired his first rental in early 2013 and is now quickly scooping up more residential properties (1-4 units) to grow his portfolio. His dreams of replacing his earned income with passive cash flow become more real each day. Realizing how big of a role BiggerPockets.com plays in his development as an investor, he feels compelled to give back to the community whenever he can. You can also always find him training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, hiking, reading or enjoying an All-You-Can-Eat buffet.

Jon Klaus - Moderator
Jon is a career entrepreneur with an IT services business in Dallas, TX. He and his wife Chris live on a ranch near Dallas with their 7 children. Jon has been a serious real estate investor since 2008, and has bought and sold dozens of properties, built homes, and owns an office building. Along with faith and family, real estate investing is his passion. His website: sellpropertyfast.com.

Karen Margrave - Moderator
Karen started out working as an executive assistant in an office of 35 agents, and later got her license. Along with her husband, a contractor that built steel buildings, she decided it would be fun to develop office buildings, and started doing that. After a few years she got her contractors license. Over the years they've developed general offices, medical offices, multi families, office parks, office/retail condos, medical/dental clinics and a residential subdivision. The majority of their projects are spec buildings, which they sell to investors and owner/users.

Joel Owens - Moderator
Joel is a commercial real estate broker and an investor who specializes in Multifamily properties (5+ units) and Triple Net leasing. Mr. Owens has been licensed since 2004 and has been the principal broker and owner of his company All World Realty since 2007. Mr. Owens loves commercial real estate and it is his true passion to discuss and talk about properties and possible deals.

J. Scott - Moderator
Jason ("J") Scott is a professional investor living in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. After spending more than 15 years in management positions at such companies as Microsoft, eBay and DirecTV, J and his wife left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on building a successful and scalable investment business aimed at purchasing, rehabbing and reselling single family homes. In the past four years, their business - Lish Properties, LLC - has completed over $5M in real estate transactions, comprising 40+ renovations and property sales and another 50+ projects on which the Lish team has mentored, consulted to and assisted. His website: 123flip.com

James Vermillion - Moderator
James is a part-time real estate investor in Lexington, KY. He began investing in real estate while he was a member of the U.S Air Force, when he and his business partner formed K&V LLC in 2009 to start rehabbing and reselling properties in Central Kentucky. He has since separated from the Air Force and returned to Kentucky to be closer to his investment market. K&V has since branched out into various other real estate investing areas.


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