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BiggerPockets Podcast 040: 40 Quick Tips for Buying Your First (or Next) Investment Property

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Today’s episode of the BiggerPockets Podcast is a little different than normal – in a great way. To celebrate the 40th episode of the Podcast, Brandon and Josh spend an hour sharing their top forty tips for buying your first – or next – investment property. These tips range from marketing to working with agents to investing with a full time job and a whole lot more. Whether you are brand new or are an experienced investor, a flipper, wholesaler, or buy and hold investor – these tips are going to help you build your business and close more deals, faster.

Read the transcript for episode 40 with Josh & Brandon here.

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In This Show, We Cover:BiggerPockets Podcast _ Real Estate Investing and Wealth Building

  • Working with investor friendly agents
  • Finding and lining up financing
  • The 50%, 70%, 1%, and 2% rules
  • Tips for inspecting property
  • Finding deals that are “off market”
  • Direct mail tips and tricks
  • Negotiation Tips
  • Hiring property management
  • Investing in real estate with a full time job
  • and a whole lot more!

Special Thanks to This Week’s Sponsor

We just want to give a special shout-out to our very first sponsor ever here on the BiggerPockets Podcast – MemphisInvest.com. The team at MemphisInvest continues to provide incredible value to our community, so definitely take a minute to check them out if you are interested in turnkey rental property.

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    Abdul Rasheed
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Great podcast. You guys are amazing. Thanks for putting this together. One question: One of the quick tip was about leas options if there is no equity, can you elaborate a bit about them both from a wholesaler and from a buy/hold perspectives? Or point to the right resources. How do they work? I am interested in learning more about them. Thanks.
    Cliff
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    When you talk about talking with the seller to find out what they need, how do you do that with listings off of the MLS? My realtor does not allow me to contact the seller. Is that common?
    Rose San Filippo
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    This podcast has become a guilty pleasure! Totally hooked. Lots of good info, and you guys make it fun. Happy 40 episodes!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Thanks Rose. I’m glad we can help you with your guilty pleasure!
    Rob
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Quick tip: when writing an offer on a buy and hold were the property comes with tenants don’t forget to include either in the offer or have title company take care of this; document the transfer of the security deposit (and any pro-rated rent). Lesson Learned!!! Rob
    Brandon Turner
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Great tip Rob! I’ve bought a few properties that I dropped the ball on this and never got it. Not cool! :
    Tom Stromar
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Great idea for the the 40th podcast guys – makes a great summary and overview of the collective minds of Bigger Pockets. 🙂 *raises glass* – here’s to another 40 podcasts!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Cheers, Tom! We appreciate the comment and thank you for the wishes.
    Cliff
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    I put this in the wrong spot. When you talk about talking with the seller to find out what they need, how do you do that with listings off of the MLS? My realtor does not allow me to contact the seller. Is that common?
    Dawn Anastasi
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    The tip about working with inspectors is a good one. You don’t necessarily have to follow the inspector around like a puppy dog however. What I do is let the inspector in (or have him let in), and then come back in 2 hours or so when he’s wrapping up. Then he takes me around and shows me everything and explains it in detail. I ask questions and have learned a lot. I think if you watch someone WHILE they work, it can bug them. But if you let them explain what they did AFTER they’re done, then they are showing off their experience. Another tip — if you find a really good inspector, stick with them. Don’t be afraid to ask for deals if you get a lot of inspections. I haven’t bought a ton of properties, but I’ve used the same inspector and like Josh and Brandon said, it normally is about $300-$400 for an inspection. I made a deal with my inspector that I get all my inspections for $250. And I’ve referred that inspector to other people as well, so it’s paid off for him.
    Abdul Rasheed
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Good tips Dawn
    Shaun
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Great show guys. I do think it would have been better if you did the “Quick Tip!” intro for each one. 🙂
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    I think we’d have lose our entire audience after the second tip, Shaun.
    Shaun
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Great show guys. I do think it would have been better if you did the “Quick Tip!” intro for each one. 🙂 Reply Report comment
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    I think we’d have lose our entire audience after the second tip, Shaun.
    Douglas Larson
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Great show as always Brandon and Josh! …. Should be required reading (listening) for all new to intermediate investors! I learn something new every show!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    We appreciate the testimonial, Douglas! Thanks man.
    Amy
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Congrats on the 40th podcast Brandon and Josh! Great tips and thank you. Keep up the great work you two do! I have also spread the word about BP to a couple people I have meet along the way too.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    We really appreciate you spreading the word about BiggerPockets, and thank you for listening.
    Aila Khan
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Great tips , thanks guys !
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Thank you Aila.
    Darien Gipson
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Congrats on the 40th podcast. Yet another great podcast. So many useful tips. I especially liked the idea of using Craigslist to determine how much to charge for rent in the area. Thanks guys.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Thanks so much Darlen!
    Juan Zavala
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Lots of great info… Thanks fellas! Keep up the great work!!!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Thank you Juan. I’m glad you enjoyed it. And we’ll keep pumping out the podcasts!
    Karen
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Wait, wait wait.. guys, don’t forget the basics… it’s not “quick tip”… it’s “quuiiiiiicckk tiiiip”…. like you mean it! I’m only 30 seconds in, excited about this one. Great milestone, guys, congrats.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Thank you Karen! I hope you liked it!
    Ralph Santos
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    HAPPY 40TH GUYS! May you have many more!
    Brandon Turner
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Thanks Ralph! I appreciate it!
    Abdul Rasheed
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Brandon/Josh, One of the quick tip was about leas options if there is no equity, can you elaborate a bit about them both from a wholesaler and from a buy/hold perspectives? Or point to the right resources. How do they work? I am interested in learning more about them. Thanks.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Hey Abdul, ironically, this is one of the main focuses of today’s podcast episode with Douglas Larson. Check out this post also for some tips!
    Grant
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    The podcast said you should plan 1/2 of your mortgage payment in expenses. Is that 1/2 of your principle, interest, taxes and insurance payment or just principle and interest?
    Brandon Turner
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Hey Grant- actually, that was 50% of the total income will be your expenses, like taxes, insurance, vacancy, repairs, etc. (at least that’s what I meant… who knows what came out of my mouth! 🙂 ) Check out this video for a much more thorough discussion on the topic: https://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2013/06/14/50-percent-rule/ Hope that helps! Thanks for listening and leaving a comment!
    David Alevy
    Replied almost 7 years ago
    Great review of some very handy tips! I’ll definitely start “driving for dollars” and using the 50% rule. Thanks for the insight!
    Brooke Spaulding
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Hi guys- this is a great episode. I just wanted to add to your suggestion of craigslist for rent comparisons. I really like padmapper (website and app version) for looking up rentals. It also gives you comparison to average for that number of bedrooms in that specific area. Thanks for all the great info!
    DP Patel
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Josh/Brandon, in my REI learning journey, I like your 40th bday tips… Specially, I like about putting my currently working deal numbers and get the feedback for expert advice… It was a great show… Keep up your good work…
    Brandon Turner
    Replied over 6 years ago
    Thanks DP! We appreciate you listening! 🙂
    Sean Chua New to Real Estate from Atlanta
    Replied 3 months ago
    Hi guys - loved the episode! Came here to check on the video "How I Quickly Analyze an Investment Property" but it seems like the link isn't working anymore and instead redirects to "3 Reasons Beginners Should Not Flip Houses" for me.