The Most Interesting, Exciting, and Controversial Content From BiggerPockets in 2012

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What was the best advice you received in 2012?

I know most of the great real estate investing advice I’ve received over the past year has come from BiggerPockets. Every week on the BiggerPockets Blog, there are dozens of great posts that help in nearly every aspect of my real estate investing. The BiggerPockets Forums have answered many questions for me and given me the ability to help chime in when I have an idea or an answer plus it has been a great source of knowledge and networking with seasoned, new and upcoming real estate investors.

Obviously, I can’t mention every great blog post, forum thread, or piece of content from 2012 – but I want to spend a couple minutes highlighting a few of the best from BiggerPockets in 2012. This list is, by no means, exhaustive, but is a based on the number of comments, views, follow-up threads, and other distinguishing characteristics. Without further ado: The Best of BiggerPockets 2012 (In no particular order)

The Best of BiggerPockets 2012

Should I Buy a Rental Property with Great Cash Flow in a Bad Location?


This blog post looked at a situation that I was faced with: a property with excellent numbers but in a marginally difficult area. Ultimately, I ended up not pursuing it – mostly due to the great advice I received when posting the question “should I buy a rental property with great cashflow in a Bad location.” With over 100 comments, this post was the top commented on post of 2012.

BiggerPockets Summit 2012

In March, BiggerPockets held it’s first ever Real Estate Investing conference in Denver, Colorado. The event was 100% pitch free and full of information to help investors move forward in their businesses, network with like-minded entrepreneurs, and grow. Check out this great post from Jeff Brown about how awesome the event was. Don’t worry if you missed it – right now you can get the complete audio recordings from the conference for just $50 – that’s 60% off the regular price. **Note: this is the last day to get the Audio during this sale. Tomorrow it goes back up to $125 so be sure to buy it today, before midnight! Click here to get your copy!

Are You Prepared For The ‘Obamacare’ Real Estate Investment Tax?

2012 saw a lot of changes in the political world concerning the passage of the US Healthcare laws – which prompted a lot of discussion and interest in how this new law would affect real estate investors. This article, written by Chris Clothier, is a detailed look at how this law could affect you.

Keyword Alert System

The Keyword Alert System is a new tool just introduced that gives you instant notifications whenever a forum thread mentions a word or phrase that you choose. For example – if you are interested in “Flipping Houses”, you can set up an alert so you’ll instantly know whenever a someone mentions “Flipping Houses” on the BiggerPockets forums. Or if you set up the keyword for “New York” you’ll be notified whenever someone mentions New York. The Keyword Alert System will help you stay in touch with what matters most to you, enabling you to build your brand, learn about what you want to know about, and network easier and more efficiently. To set up your keywords, click here. Check out the following video I made to help you take advantage of this:

Just Wondering Everybody’s Education/Background?

This simple question put out by user Adam Dorn has caused more than 70 comments in just the past several weeks. Take a minute and add your background to the list!

Time to Let Underwater Homeowners Drown


This opinion piece from Marty Boardman about society’s role in the mortgage mess sparked a lot of controversy and debate in more than 80 comments left beneath the post. What do you think should be done with the problem, which hasn’t subsided since the post was written nearly a full year ago?

The Media’s Negative Spin on Flipping Houses and Investors

How much spin does the media put on real estate investors? This was the subject of a forum thread started by BiggerPockets CEO and Founder Josh Dorkin concerning a CNN Video about flipping. That question became a hot topic, with more than 70 post replies being added in response.

Ready for 7 Digit Success Stories?

Will Barnard started this forum thread in May to discuss a deal he had just gotten under contract to fix-and-flip a property with expectations to make a seven figures profit on. Yes – that’s over a million dollars in profit. This property is currently on the market to sell – and I’m excited to see the end result. Check out the before & after video here.

The Top 100 Ways To Make Money In Real Estate

To commemorate BiggerPockets reaching 100,000 members, this post looks at 100 way to make money in the real estate industry. From flipping, wholesaling, or buy & hold to brokers, lenders, and escrow agents – this list covered many ways that BiggerPockets members are using real estate to both pay the bills and build wealth. Despite having 100 ways to make money – BiggerPockets’ readers listed dozens more in the comments, giving further testimony to the immense power real estate has for making money.

What were your favorite moments from 2012? Do you have a favorite blog post or forum thread? Share it below in the comments!

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Brandon Turner (G+) is the BiggerPockets.com Senior Editor and Community Director. He is also an Active Real Estate Investor (Flips, Apartments, and Buy-and-Hold), Entrepreneur, World Traveler, Third-Person Speaker, and Husband. Come hang out with him on Twitter!

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