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House Flipping

This morning I discovered something terrible while standing in the shower… I had forgotten a towel.  And worse, I was not at my house. I’m spending the week with my fellow host of the BiggerPockets Podcast, Josh Dorkin, and his wonderful family and I couldn’t simply streak through the home to get back to my […]

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Personal Finance*

Why You’re Building Wealth the SLOW Way (and 3 Ways to Fix That!)

by Scott Trench October 25, 2014
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I’d be willing to wager that a fair number of readers meet the following three criteria: 1. Your primary financial goal is to increase your net worth as rapidly as possible. 2. You are interested in Real Estate only insofar as it helps you achieve #1. 3. You earn somewhere between $40,000 and $100,000 per […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

3 Simple Traits that Will Take You Far in Business (and in Life)

by Engelo Rumora October 25, 2014
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“Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.” — Ludwig Borne In many of my blogs, I have mentioned that I live by the numbers. The daily grind is really about replicating and creating an environment to succeed. In my business, I keep in mind that my purposes should be […]

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Market Trends, Data, News & Commentary*

Why Property Managers Should Remind Clients to Refinance NOW

by Drew Sygit October 24, 2014
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“There is no formula or mechanical answer I can give you,” said Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen when the ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee pressed her for details about the Fed’s plans for continuing the Quantitative Easing and Zero-Interest policies that have propped the economy up since 2008. “The economic outlook is very […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

How to Embrace the Uncertainty of Change & Make Your First Deal

by Marcus Maloney October 24, 2014
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In life, change can present many challenges and can therefore be frightening — but to become a successful real estate investor, you will eventually come to a fork in the road called transition. One question you will face is: do I continue on the path of working a job that is paying the bills but which I dread going […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

The Ultimate Due Diligence Guide for Buy & Hold Properties

by Matt Faircloth October 24, 2014
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Hey All! As you might already be aware, our primary focus is buy-rehab-hold. Many times over the years, deals have looked great on the first walk through, and the numbers have come up solid, but upon further inspection, we have found issues that caused us to change our minds about the deal. It’s important to […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

How to Better Utilize BiggerPockets to Reach Your Real Estate Goals

by Nathan Brooks October 23, 2014
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This past week, I put 2 properties under contract. Combined, they equal $90k gross profit. Not bad for two deals — and probably 20 total hours of work over the next 3-4 months. One is with a new partner (insert internet fist bump), and one is in my own LLC. One is a flip that […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

3 Real Estate Investing Lessons I Wish I Had Learned Earlier

by Chris Clothier October 23, 2014
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I started investing in real estate when I was 31 years old and experiencing the first real growth in my disposable income since I had started working full-time. I had started my own grocery arbitrage business, and it was growing like gangbusters. I was in bad need of a mentor at that time. I was […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

Steps to Take in the Next 15 Days to Maximize Tax Savings for 2014

by Amanda Han October 23, 2014
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An observation that I made a few years back is that a large percentage of my clients who file for tax extensions are also clients who owe taxes to the IRS. If you think about it, this makes sense because if you are someone who usually anticipates a larger tax refund, odds are that you […]

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Podcast

BP Podcast 093: 0 to 400 Deals (in 5 Years!) via Smart Marketing with Erik Stark

by Brandon Turner October 23, 2014
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Many people take their time in building their real estate investing… but not today’s guest, who has used his incredible marketing skills to do more than 400 deals in the past five years! Erik Stark got his start after he had been flipping cars out of high school and wanted to move on to bigger, better things. […]

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Market Trends, Data, News & Commentary*

A Decade of Changed Lives: Celebrating 10 Years of BiggerPockets

by Joshua Dorkin October 22, 2014
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It was the fall of 2004, and I was struggling to find answers to the countless questions that were holding me back in my personal real estate investments. I launched BiggerPockets to help me find those answers, and ten years later today, we’re helping tens of millions of investors around the globe to not only […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

How to Quit Your Job & Invest in Real Estate Full Time: Steps 1, 2, & 3!

by Chad Carson October 22, 2014
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I became a full-time real estate entrepreneur right after graduating from college. I started from scratch with wholesaling, and then a partner and I progressed to flipping, rentals, notes, master leasing and other niches within real estate. Today, our main focus is on regular monthly income (we own and manage 61 units), and we continue […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

4 Revealing Questions to Ask Prospective Property Managers

by Conor Flaherty October 22, 2014
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Property management is a crucial part of any rental investment strategy. A lot of people will do the property management themselves, and many people will also hire a professional property manager. I’ve seen the whole gamut of results with both approaches. In my opinion, property management is the single biggest factor in determining the ultimate […]

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Real Estate Marketing*

Lead Magnets: The Secret Way to Build an Awesome Email List

by Antonio Coleman October 21, 2014
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Before jumping into this week’s series of blog posts on how to dominate your local real estate market, I first want to take a step back and answer a question that I’ve been getting from tons of people who read last week’s post. That post was the last installment on what final elements need to […]

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Investor Psychology

Make More in Retirement Than You Did on the Job Using Strategy

by Jeff Brown October 21, 2014
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I know a guy who bought his first property in 1975 for $57,500. If he’d held onto it all these years, it’d be free ‘n clear — and worth around $400,000, maybe a tad less. ‘Course, if he still owned it by utilizing the buy ‘n hold strategy many worship, he woulda lost well over an […]

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