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The Most Helpful BiggerPockets Blogs of all Time!

by Ali Boone on July 19, 2014 · 5 comments

  

Welcome to the list of the most helpful BiggerPockets blogs of all time. And you are about to help create it!

I think we’ve all established that BiggerPockets has helped thousands of investors, up-and-coming investors, and even seasoned investors do their jobs just that much easier. It has helped with networking, given us the ability to ask questions to the community, and provided resources like the blogs and the podcasts to help give us new daily information that might help us along our paths.

In thinking just of BiggerPockets’ blogs, what if there was one that listed out some of the most helpful blogs throughout BiggerPockets history? Well, here it is! When I thought of doing this article, I was thinking I could provide a long list of some of the blogs I found most helpful. But the truth is, I only operate in a small niche in REI so what articles have been most helpful for me may not be for those in other niches, and vice versa, there are a lot of blogs that have likely helped those in other niches that didn’t do too much for me. So instead, we are going to compile this list together.

What BiggerPockets Blog (or blogs) have helped you tremendously with your investing? Share the link of the blog as well as a quick (or not so quick) blurb on how or why it helped you. Most especially if you have a particular investing success that you can directly attribute to the blog you are mentioning, tell us what it is.

Related: BiggerPockets Presents : The 21 Best Real Estate Books Ever

Guidelines:

  • If you can’t remember exactly what blog it was or are not sure where to find it, you can try a couple things:
  1. Google key terms from the blog that you remember combined with “BiggerPockets” and a lot of blogs should pop up in the search results. Maybe you can find it there.
  2. If you remember the author of the blog, you can do the same search as above but add in that author’s name as well to narrow down the results.
  3. If you remember the author of the blog, you can go to that author’s page of posts if you look down on the right side of the blog pages on the website and follow their link.
  • Think of different things you may have read about that may have helped you to help remember some of the articles you enjoyed. Think of key terms: flipping, wholesaling, rental properties, notes, landlording, property managers, calculating returns, LLCs, entity structuring, success stories, horror stories, markets, agents, who to trust, financing, creative financing, capital, beginner’s advice, taxes, going green, marketing, partnerships, types of investing, cash flow, appreciation, speculation, retirement planning, passive investing, active investing, tenants, hard money, syndication, probate, team building, rehabbing, sellers, legal services, bandit signs….

Okay, GO! Give us your favorite articles. And be sure to check out those from others as they may mention ones you missed or didn’t see.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Brandon Turner July 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Hey, I’ll kick things off with some of my favorite recently!

Kevin Perk’s recent “Getting Rid of the 10 Percent of Tenants That Cause 90 Percent of Your Landlording Problems” (http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2014/07/14/really-10-percent-tenants-cause-90-percent-landlording-problems/) was a great reminder that I don’t need to put up with bad tenants!

J Scott’s “How to Negotiate: 7 Real Estate Negotiation Tips” (http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2010/03/24/7-tips-for-better-real-estate-negotiation/) helped to improve my negotiation skills quite a bit

Ali, your “Rental Property Numbers so Easy You Can Calculate Them on a Napkin” (http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2013/01/19/real-estate-math/) was an awesome look at how easy it can be to analyze a rental property the right way.

Ben Leybovich’s “How I Bought a 10-plex with 1.5% Down – Case Study (http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2013/05/07/10-plex-case-study/) was fun to read and extremely helpful in showing how creativity can go a long way when investing in real estate.

Mike LaCava’s “The Ultimate Guide to Determining House Flipping Costs” (http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2013/03/17/tultimate-guide-house-flipping-costs/) shed a ton of light for me on doing the math on a flip!

Jaren Barne’s “5 Simple Strategies For Real Estate Acquisition Domination!” (http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2014/04/23/acquisition-domination/) taught me some really good tricks for finding deals that I had never known – and I still tell everyone about #5 all the time! It’s so cool!

There are SO many more I could list, but I’ll stop there! Thanks Ali for your post today – let’s hope others jump in and offer their favorites!

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Joe Harper July 20, 2014 at 6:58 am

This one by Amanda Han.

http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2014/03/07/common-entity-mistake/

Essentially: hold properties in an llc but STOP accepting or putting funds into the non-llc bank account. Stop commingling your funds. The point of an llc is to shield me!

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Al Williamson July 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Ali, I’m digging this. Great way to crowd source a list of Greatest Hits.

I’m into learning ways buy and hold landlords can optimize there properties, that’s why I like Ankit Duggal’s post “How to Increase Property Value by Reducing the “Load Factor”
http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2013/09/24/investment-reducing-load-factor/

I love how he presents a toolbox that anyone can use to take a fresh look at their conceptual models. I’m still striving to write a post as helpful as Mr. Duggal’s contribution.

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Ben July 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Taking action and doing something tangible is a barrier for many new investors. When starting out, I decided to take action by starting a direct mail campaign. This post was extremely helpful:

http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2014/04/09/direct-mail/

Everything you need to source motivated sellers through a direct mail.

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Sharon Vornholt July 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

Nice reminder Ali that this site holds the answer to pretty much any question you might have.

Sharon

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