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The 9-Year-Old Idea That Continues to Change Lives: Happy Birthday BiggerPockets!

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Well, like the rest of you, I experienced this very problem.

And 9 years ago today, I set out to create the solution to that very problem.

I was a buy and hold real estate investor who had purchased a few properties out of state, and I was dealing with lots of problems thanks to poor property management. I didn’t know much about being a landlord, but assumed that as an intelligent college graduate, I could figure it out on my own.

For the most part, I was right.

Unfortunately, there are lots of little things in the real estate investing business that can trip you up, and the only place to really learn about them is through experience. Well, I was getting experience, and it wasn’t good.

A Solution to My Woes?

Realizing that going at it alone wasn’t working, I set out to the bookstore and library and rifled through book after book, hoping to find resolution. I found a ton of great information in these books, but unfortunately, the questions that I had weren’t answered.

I then went online and started searching on Yahoo and Google for answers….

And I found a handful of sites that focused on real estate investing. I was ecstatic! I was finally going to get the information I was looking for, but my mood quickly changed as I began to dig in.

It appeared that there was a catch to these sites.

While there was some solid information, it seemed that there was a sales pitch around every corner.

Growing up in New York, I’m sensitive to someone trying to pull wool over my eyes, and I wanted nothing to do with the guru scene. So, I did what any good entrepreneur would do.

BeFunky_null_2I created a website that would solve the problem that I faced — I created BiggerPockets.com.

For the first few years of BiggerPockets, I continued to work my day job (teaching high school special education) while investing in real estate at a distance and pursuing BiggerPockets only in my spare time. However, several years ago I began to realize the tremendous value BiggerPockets was bringing to the world and decide to leave my day job for a more-than-full-time commitment here on BiggerPockets.

Fast forward a little bit . . .

BiggerPockets Turned 9-Years Old Today!

I can’t believe that it has been 9 years since the day I opened up my site and waited for someone to show up. I think aside from my brother, I was able to convince a small handful of people to come and check it out that first day. The site was basic — a forum and a directory of resources, but there was something very different about BiggerPockets.

This site wasn’t going to be about selling guru products and services. It wasn’t going to be about promoting their events. In fact, I didn’t want people using the site to market “education” at all. BiggerPockets was going to be an alternative to the status quo — I was going to create a place where people could learn about real estate without the pitch…

In a world where such a thing didn’t exist, I faced an incredibly difficult uphill battle.

But after sharing my vision with our small group of initial users, they began to spread the word. There was something special about my idea — and other investors wanted to tell their friends about it.

A New Vision for Real Estate Investors

Josh DorkinBiggerPockets was going to be a community where investors could share knowledge, could mentor one another, could network, could do deals, and could feel comfortable — a place where they could call home and not worry that someone was always trying to pitch them on something.

Well, that vision has come through in spades!

Over the past 9 years, we’ve seen over 15 million unique visitors come through our virtual walls. We’ve heard from countless members about deals that they have done, about money they’ve saved, about jobs they’ve quit, about colleagues and friends they have made, and so much more — all thanks to BiggerPockets.

We’ve been featured in the press in over 50 major news publications, on television and on radio.

We put on the first 100% no pitch real estate investing conference last year for over 350 attendees, and there are now over 30 local “unofficial” BiggerPockets meet up groups around the country.

And our 10 month old BiggerPockets Podcast is the highest rated and reviewed real estate show on iTunes.

We’ve changed countless lives. We’ve been responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in commerce, if not more, and we’re only just getting started.

So here’s to BiggerPockets on her 9th Birthday! She has challenged me. She has exhausted me. She has excited me. She has made me who I am today, and has done the same for so many others.

Thank you BiggerPockets and Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday BiggerPockets

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Joshua Dorkin is a serial entrepreneur, investor, podcaster, publisher, educator, and co-author of How to Invest in Real Estate. He started BiggerPockets to help democratize the real estate investing landscape for himself and others, aiming to make it accessible for everyone, regardless of income or education. Today, BiggerPockets is the premier real estate investing website online with over one million members and reaching over 70 million people with the message of financial freedom through real estate investing. Joshua, along with his wife and three daughters, make their home in Denver, Colorado, and spend any time they can traveling, exploring, and adventuring. Read more about Joshua’s story in 5280 and Inc.com.

    Kevin Yeats
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday. Thanks for all the hard work.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Kevin – Thanks so much!
    Toni DeSavo
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BIGGER POCKETS!!!! Josh you did a super incredible job putting together like minds & offered an outstanding job for all new investors!!! I learned so much from your site & asked many questions & received many great answers too!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY & MANY MORE!!!!!! Aloha & Mahalo, Toni & Duane deSalvo Toni
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Kevin – Thanks so much!
    Kevin Yeats
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday. Thanks for all the hard work. Reply Report comment
    Mark Ferguson
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats Josh! You have built a monster and an amazing resource
    Mark Ferguson
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats Josh! You have built a monster and an amazing resource Reply Report comment
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Mark – both for your support and participation.
    Genna
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Josh and gang. What a help you and your members have been for me! -Genna
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    I appreciate the message. Please spread the word!
    John
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Well Deserved Birthday!!!! BIGGER POCKETS keep getting BIGGER!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks so much!
    Travis Daggett
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Josh- Great example of finding a solution to a problem and getting rewarded for it! Thanks!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for the support, Travis.
    Nick
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Josh, your story is incredible! I also didn’t know you were a teacher. How long after you started BP were you able to go at it full time? You definitely have created the greatest RE education tool available online!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Nick – I quit teaching after 2 years, but the site wasn’t self-supporting for some time beyond that. Remember — our revenue model was purely advertising for a long time — we never partnered with the gurus, which would have made us an incredible amount of money. It wasn’t about fast cash, but building a sustainable and ethical business.
    Jimmy
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday and Thanks for creating such a great community!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks so much, Jimmy! I appreciate you as a member and writer here on the site.
    Jean Bolger
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday!! I’m definitely one of those whose life has changed thanks to the resources available on BiggerPockets um, I should probably specify……. changed for the better 😉 Thanks!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Well, I’m certainly happy that it has been for the better, Jean! Thanks for the message.
    Chris Feltus
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    A true labor of love. A toast to all of the hard work that Joshua and Brandon put in behind the scenes, and to everyone in the community who regularly contributes on this site and makes Bigger Pockets the go to site for real estate investing. Here’s to many, many more.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Chris! Cheers!
    Eric Knapp
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Josh, I didn’t find this sight until I had already learned in the dear school of experience, but every day I am finding answers here to questions I didn’t know to ask. Thank you.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for being a part of our ongoing mission to better the investing community, Eric! Better late than never.
    Eric Knapp
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    I mean “site”.
    Seth Williams
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Way to go BP! Great to see 9 solid years of making the real estate world a better place.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks, Seth! Much appreciated.
    Lyall C. Storandt
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats on nine years! Wishing you much more success in the years to come.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you Lyall. See you around the site!
    Taylor Jennings
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy burfday! It’s amazing what you and your team have been able to accomplish Josh. I’m sure the number of lives you’ve positively affected through BiggerPockets is just as astonishing as the numbers you’ve listed above. Here’s to your continued influence and success! I’m glad I can be a part of the community.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks so much, Taylor. As long as we can continue to be a positive influence in the industry, we’re going to continue to thrive. I appreciate the message.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks so much, Taylor. As long as we can continue to be a positive influence in the industry, we’re going to continue to thrive. I appreciate the message. Reply Report comment
    John Cummings
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Nine years of amazing, over the top value – what an accomplishment – well done to you sir (and of course Brandon as well!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks John! The value will continue to come — just stay active and engaged and you’ll reap the benefits of BP!
    Bob Brubaker
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Josh! ” You’ve come a long way Baby ” Happy Birthday! You are the Best! Many Happy Returns !! For sure you have created the ” spark ” that resulted in Happy Returns for many over the the ” Whole Nine “! Best for Success! Bob Brubaker
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you Bob! My first poem 😉
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you Bob! My first poem 😉
    Karin DiMauro
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congratulations! I can’t put into words how helpful this site has been for me. And the vision for your model has made it such a unique and incredible resource, whose leaders are sincere and filled with integrity. SO refreshing! Thank you!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Wow. Thanks Karin. We pride ourselves on our integrity and hopefully we can continue to live by that mantra.
    Joel
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats! and job well done.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Appreciate that Joel!
    Karen
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy anniversary Josh! It was fun to read your story. Thanks for laying the foundation for a truly awesome community.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for reading and for the well wishes, Karen! I appreciate it.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for reading and for the well wishes, Karen! I appreciate it. Reply Report comment
    Sharon Vornholt
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy birthday Josh and congratulations on building such an impressive site. Sharon
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you Sharon! We appreciate all your contributions here and we’re happy to have you as part of our community.
    Sharon Vornholt
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy birthday Josh and congratulations on building such an impressive site. Sharon
    Neal Bratton
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday Josh! Haven’t been with you all nine years but man I have learned a lot from just a little while on BP. Keep on doing what your doing. Neal
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Neal — dig in and keep at it! I appreciate the message.
    Mehran
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Without a doubt, your idea/vision has changed my life and those around me. BP is truly a great community and I’m glad to be part of it. Thank you Reply Report comment
    Mehran
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Without a doubt, your idea/vision has changed my life and those around me. BP is truly a great community and I’m glad to be part of it. Thank you
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s humbling, Mehran. I’m glad we could play such an important role in your life.
    Raymond B.
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Joshua, Thank you for creating this great site. It is very much appreciated. Raymond
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you for your patronage, Raymond. Without users like you, we wouldn’t have a community.
    Jerry K.
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Josh, Congrats on the Biggerpockets anniversary. Can’t wait for next year’s 10th anniversary blowout in sunny [fill in the city]! Thanks for keeping your mind open to what this site could become beyond your original intention. You have created a virtual real estate “think tank”. It also allows me to indulge in my weird, cult-like fascination with my interest of tax liens and find kindred spirits who like to discuss this niche investment topic. To 900 more years! Jerry
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    I guess I do need to think about some kind of awesome 10 Year Anniversary . . . I’ve got a year to plan! Thanks for being a part of BP, and I’m glad we could help you with your strange fascinations 😉
    Jerry K.
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Josh, Congrats on the Biggerpockets anniversary. Can’t wait for next year’s 10th anniversary blowout in sunny [fill in the city]! Thanks for keeping your mind open to what this site could become beyond your original intention. You have created a virtual real estate “think tank”. It also allows me to indulge in my weird, cult-like fascination with my interest of tax liens and find kindred spirits who like to discuss this niche investment topic. To 900 more years! Jerry Reply Report comment
    Carolyn Lorence
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday BiggerPockets and congrats on your success! Thank you for “birthing” this community site, taking the mystery out of real estate investing with the generous sharing of knowledge, and raising the bar for all other REI groups. You bring an incredible amount of integrity and trust to the investing world! Thanks so much!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for the kind words, Carolyn.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for the kind words, Carolyn. Reply Report comment
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for the kind words, Carolyn.
    Carolyn Lorence
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday BiggerPockets and congrats on your success! Thank you for “birthing” this community site, taking the mystery out of real estate investing with the generous sharing of knowledge, and raising the bar for all other REI groups. You bring an incredible amount of integrity and trust to the investing world! Thanks so much!
    Carolyn Lorence
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday BiggerPockets and congrats on your success! Thank you for “birthing” this community site, taking the mystery out of real estate investing with the generous sharing of knowledge, and raising the bar for all other REI groups. You bring an incredible amount of integrity and trust to the investing world! Thanks so much! Reply Report comment
    Paul
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats! I can remember finding your site several years ago and what a fresh breath it has been! Thanks for everything you do, Paul
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Paul. I’m glad you have enjoyed the site.
    joe sillaman
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Ever since I visited BP I’ve been hooked. So much valuable and free info of the site along with people that truly care about Real Estate and helping others. Thanks!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Joe – Beyond the awesome free info, you can make a ton of awesome connections by staying active in the community. Keep at it and thanks for the message!
    Jon Klaus
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday BiggerPockets! I joined shortly after your 4th birthday and we have both grown and changed a lot. You are looking and doing great, BP!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    I’m happy that BP has played such a big role in your life, Jon. I’m also glad we’ve gotten the opportunity to become friends. Thanks, bud!
    Ned Carey
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congratulations and thank you!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    No, thank you Ned! You’re one of the leaders of the community and we appreciate it.
    William Shaffer
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Only a little under 9 years too late did I find this site but hey better late than never. Thanks for the hard work and the community you created with your great vision. Found lots of great inspiration here.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    It is never too late, WIlliam. No matter how experienced you are, there’s plenty to learn on BiggerPockets!
    Tom Sylvester
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats Josh! You have created such a great community for investors. Been here on and off for 6 of the 9 years and it has been an awesome ride! Here is to another 9.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    No kidding — 6 years? Wow. I’m glad we’ve finally begun to get to know one another. Thanks for being a part of BP.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    No kidding — 6 years? Wow. I’m glad we’ve finally begun to get to know one another. Thanks for being a part of BP. Reply Report comment
    Patrick Hockersmith
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats Josh this is my new favorite website every question i have had i have found an answer. love the pod cast and beginners guide you’ve built an amazing community. thanks
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Patrick! Please be sure to jump in and participate as well.
    Brooksj
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Josh, this is a great site. I’ll look forward to next year when BP goes double digit!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    You and me both!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    You and me both!
    Kimberly George
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats on your 9th Anniversary of Biggerpockets Josh! Love this website. Keep up the GREAT Work.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks a lot, Kimberly.
    Jeff Brown
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Quality owner, quality site, which translates into huge success. Impressive results such as BiggerPockets has generated always flows from the top.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Jeff. That means a lot.
    Cuong Le
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you Josh for creating the site! Countless lives have been changed due to all the hard work over the years. We appreciate you, Brandon and Biggerpockets very much. Happy Birthday and to many more years of wisdom sharing. Awesome!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Cuong — thanks so much. I appreciate your participation.
    Jacob Allen
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    The fact that you have taken the time to answer just about every single persons comment on this blog speaks volumes to the type of person running this site. Thanks so much for this awesome site. I look forward to gaining more and more knowledge every single day. Well done and happy birthday BP!
    Jacob Allen
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    The fact that you have taken the time to answer just about every single persons comment on this blog speaks volumes to the type of person running this site. Thanks so much for this awesome site. I look forward to gaining more and more knowledge every single day. Well done and happy birthday BP!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Jacob – My intent is to respond to everyone on the post — hopefully I didn’t miss anyone. I try my best to make BiggerPockets the best site online for people looking to better their lives and I hope we can continue to do so well into the future. I appreciate the message.
    Ben Leybovich
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Mazel Tov Josh! Or, if you prefer – S Dnyom Rozdenia 🙂
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for forcing me to learn a little more Russian, Ben — and I appreciate the wishes.
    Shariyf Grevious
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congratulations Josh, Brandon and the rest of the BiggerPockets staff, I discovered this site googling FortuneBuilders when I was at an event…and it is because of this site that I discovered that one of the trainers is a psychopath and actually FORCED himself to cry about a personal story at EACH EVENT he presented. Thank You for making such an awesome community that has saved so many people lives financially ……..thus saving them spiritually
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for joining up and being a part of our world, Shariyf.
    jessica
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats on on nine years! So excited to have found bigger pockets! Just recommended it to someone the other day!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s Awesome Jessica! Thanks.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s Awesome Jessica! Thanks.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s Awesome Jessica! Thanks. Reply Report comment
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s Awesome Jessica! Thanks. Reply Report comment
    Michael Lemieux
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats Josh! Happy birthday to your baby. Before you know it, she’ll be driving the car and staying out late. : ) Wish you many, many more. Great job. THANK YOU.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    She’s already doing that, Michael. 😉 Thanks for the message.
    J. Money
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats man! Was a pleasure meeting up and chatting over the weekend. Really got me to stop and appreciate stuff – let’s keep in touch 🙂
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for swinging by, J. It was definitely great linking up and getting to know you a little better. Appreciate the message.
    Douglas Larson
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Josh, Congrats on 9 years! You’ve created something amazing here and if everyone knew about it . . . the gurus would all be broke and homeless! We will keep spreading the word.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for the message and for helping to spread the word, Douglas.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for the message and for helping to spread the word, Douglas. Reply Report comment
    Jake
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    I haven’t been around (as an REI) for 9 years…but I’m glad BP is here NOW and I’m glad to have found it! I’m looking forward to the years ahead of learning from, connecting with, and hopefully contributing to the BP community! Happy Birthday and congratulations BP!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Jake. We’re here to help . . . start digging in and getting involved in the forums and blogs and you’ll really start to reap the benefits of BP!
    Emma
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy birthday!!! Love this site!!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Emma! Don’t hesitate to jump in more often.
    Kevin Perk
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats Josh! Well Done! What will the next 9 years bring? Thanks for letting me be a part of it, Kevin
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Kevin – Thank you for jumping in and getting involved. We’re enjoying having you as part of the community and I hope you’re finding incredible value engaging with us! Appreciate the message.
    Bill
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday BP! I definitely think you are getting older and wiser! I look forward to many, many more years of great content, interesting people, and fascinating stories!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    As do we, Bill! Thanks for the message.
    Jarl Meagher
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Let me off this infernal machine! Just kiddin’ Congratulations & Thank you. I can honestly say BP has changed my life for the better.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    You’ve caught onto our nefarious plan — to keep you a slave to your computer, Jarl! I’m glad the site has helped you better your life — that’s awesome!
    Peter Revutin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats on an amazing achievement! –PR
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    My man . . . thanks for chiming in after all these years 😉 It was awesome seeing you a few weeks ago — don’t ever hesitate to dive in on the site if you ever have questions about stuff. Talk soon!
    Charlie
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Josh, I am so glad you had this vision. I have been a part time real estate investor for almost a year now. I too, started out searching for info on the internet, and found out every site was trying to sell you the guru stuff. I bought into a few things, thank goodness not for too much money, but soon discovered it is not as easy as they lead you to believe. I became very leary of every email people sent me. My trust level was at a all-time low with anything about real estate investing on the internet. I decided I was not going to spend another dollar on guru stuff. Then low and behold while surfing the net one day I stumbled onto BiggerPockets. I thought to myself “let me see what these guys are pitching”. Well needless to say you all pitch nothing BUT awesome information and great advice. I love the podcasts and look forward to reading your emails!! Please continue keeping on and I wish you much success in your RE investing future. BiggerPockets ROCKS!! Charlie-VA
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing your story, Charlie, and I appreciate having you here as a user. Please jump in and use the site for anything and everything you need . . . and keep listening to the podcast — there’s always something to learn! Spread the word about BP . . . we’re here to help!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing your story, Charlie, and I appreciate having you here as a user. Please jump in and use the site for anything and everything you need . . . and keep listening to the podcast — there’s always something to learn! Spread the word about BP . . . we’re here to help! Reply Report comment
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing your story, Charlie, and I appreciate having you here as a user. Please jump in and use the site for anything and everything you need . . . and keep listening to the podcast — there’s always something to learn! Spread the word about BP . . . we’re here to help!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing your story, Charlie, and I appreciate having you here as a user. Please jump in and use the site for anything and everything you need . . . and keep listening to the podcast — there’s always something to learn! Spread the word about BP . . . we’re here to help!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing your story, Charlie, and I appreciate having you here as a user. Please jump in and use the site for anything and everything you need . . . and keep listening to the podcast — there’s always something to learn! Spread the word about BP . . . we’re here to help! Reply Report comment
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing your story, Charlie, and I appreciate having you here as a user. Please jump in and use the site for anything and everything you need . . . and keep listening to the podcast — there’s always something to learn! Spread the word about BP . . . we’re here to help! Reply Report comment
    Rachel
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Nice tribute, Josh! It’s amazing how time flies the older we get. I remember BP in its infancy stages, it’s amazing how much its grown! Sometimes I reminisce about the core group back in the old days; definitely a lot of interesting discussions and stories. Great to hear of it’s success. I know it’s definitely been a long ride for you yet something you enjoy doing. Having a strong mission statement and sticking with your true intent for the site sounds like the recipe to your success. Sometimes in the midst of all the hustle and bustle (whether it be personal or business), we forget “why” we started things in the first place. Yet, this “why” is what helps to fuel the passion and persistence. BP continues to be a place for folks of all ages and levels to gather and share their experiences and perspectives. There’s something for everyone here making BP what it is today. Happy Birthday Josh and BP! 🙂
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Rachel – I prefer your tribute back . . . awesome! The core group has changed over the years, but the central belief of those in that group never does. This community is all about collaboration for the success of all involved and that’s something you rarely find in a community. Thanks for being a part of this place!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Rachel – I prefer your tribute back . . . awesome! The core group has changed over the years, but the central belief of those in that group never does. This community is all about collaboration for the success of all involved and that’s something you rarely find in a community. Thanks for being a part of this place! Reply Report comment
    Maurice
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday Bigger Pockets. Your site is an oasis in a sea of hard sell. Most web sites try to sell you something in a manner reminiscent of a crack head in need of another hit. Bigger Pockets has a more gentle approach. Keep doing the things that have made you successful and may you have continued success.
    Maurice
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday Bigger Pockets. Your site is an oasis in a sea of hard sell. Most web sites try to sell you something in a manner reminiscent of a crack head in need of another hit. Bigger Pockets has a more gentle approach. Keep doing the things that have made you successful and may you have continued success.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Maurice – I like your visuals . . . thanks for the message and for being a part of BP Nation!
    Tanisha
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You have built a wonderful website and I am blessed to have found it. Keep up the great work!!!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    We’re blessed to have you! Thanks for the message.
    Cheryl
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday BP and Congrats Josh! This community is truly an amazing resource!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks, Cheryl!
    Andrew Bosworth
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday BP! So glad we found each other.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    We’re glad to hear it, Andrew.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    We’re glad to hear it, Andrew.
    Landon
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday! This site has almost single handedly changed the direction of my life. It has shown me that although the world of real estate investing will most definitely be filled with challenges, there is endless information and a ton of support available here. It has been THE catalyst for me to take the first step towards my new career, and I will continue to come back to gain more knowledge and inspiration. A big thank you to BP!!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing that, Landon. That means a lot to hear. Much appreciated! Lots of luck to you going forward.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing that, Landon. That means a lot to hear. Much appreciated! Lots of luck to you going forward. Reply Report comment
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing that, Landon. That means a lot to hear. Much appreciated! Lots of luck to you going forward. Reply Report comment
    Alexander Lloyd
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    THIS SITE IS AN ABSOLUTE BLESSING. I HAVEN’T DONE ONE DEAL (YET), BUT I FEEL INSPIRED EVERYDAY FROM THE STORIES, THE RESPONSES TO MY FORUM POSTS, THE PODCAST AND ARTICLES. I LOOK FORWARD TO SHAKING YOUR HAND ONE DAY ON THE BEACHES OF THE WOLD OR AT A UNITED WAY CONFERENCE AS ONE OF THE TOP GIVERS IN AMERICA… RANDOM, AND IN ALL CAPS, HOWEVER, YOU GET THE POINT. THANKS
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Alexander. That’s really a kind thing to say. I appreciate it.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Alexander. That’s really a kind thing to say. I appreciate it.
    Courtanie
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday Bigger Pockets! As a new (freshly new, lol) aspiring real estate investor (under 30) I must say that Bigger Pockets has been a wonderful guide to helping get my business started. I wish Josh and Brandon all the best and much success. Many more birthdays to come 🙂
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you, Courtanie. I’m glad you joined the community and hope that you’ll continue to participate on the site as you move forward with your career. We’re here to support and help you!
    Sharon Tzib
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    I love Bigger Pockets and don’t know what I’d do without it. Hands down one of my Top 3 websites! Thank you for having the vision to create it.
    Sharon Tzib
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    I love Bigger Pockets and don’t know what I’d do without it. Hands down one of my Top 3 websites! Thank you for having the vision to create it.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    It’s mine too, Sharon!
    Mike B
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy B Day. Keep up the great work!!!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you Mike!
    Mike B
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy B Day. Keep up the great work!!! Reply Report comment
    Onan Dumas
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday BP, thanks to you countless people have pursued and fulfilled their dreams in real estate. All while not getting pitched anything along the way [unless they wanted to in the PRO members forum 😉 ]. Here’s to another 9 years…Heck, let’s make it 90! -Onan
    David Yao
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Can’t tell you how much I appreciate your work on the Biggerpockets. Happy birthday, enjoy the fruit of your labor and keep up the good work!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you David for the recognition.
    Joe Fairless
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats and happy b-day. I remember 4 yrs ago I reached out to you about a mentorship program and through that program I ended up learning a lot. It helped get to where I’m at today. Very grateful for this community.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you, Joe! We’re grateful for you and our other users who stand by us.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you, Joe! We’re grateful for you and our other users who stand by us. Reply Report comment
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you, Joe! We’re grateful for you and our other users who stand by us. Reply Report comment
    thomas
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday! I just signed up! How did it take me 9 years to find you? Hopefully you wil continue to touch the lives of people for many years to come. All the best! Thomas
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for signing up, Thomas. Better late than never . . . I appreciate the message.
    Penny Isabel
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    HBTY, HBTY, Happy Birthday Bigger Pockets, HBTY! And thanks for giving it life Josh! You birthed…um, sired? ….never mind….a really fantastic community!!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for the song, Penny.
    Ben
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats on the big milestone! I know that I’m grateful for all the information that’s so readily available here – it’s saved me time, money, and frustration!
    Ben
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats on the big milestone! I know that I’m grateful for all the information that’s so readily available here – it’s saved me time, money, and frustration!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for the congrats, Ben!
    Ben
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats on the big milestone! I know that I’m grateful for all the information that’s so readily available here – it’s saved me time, money, and frustration!
    Andrew
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats to the entire BP team and community! Josh, your run down of the site’s evolution was great. It’s always cool to read about the “process” of making something as successful as your site. 9 years old is a significant milestone….what’s that in dog years?! Anything special planned for the big 1-0?!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    There’s no special plan yet, Andrew. Thanks for the message and support.
    Galya
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy belated. Even though I discovered this site very recently, I do feel at home here because there are so many people that think the same way I do. I get so much needed support here, please continue doing what you do. Till 120.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Galya – I’m glad you feel at home in our home . . . stick around and stay active — you won’t regret it.
    David Thomas
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congratulations Joshua Dorkin and the entire BP Team! Awesome site as I have said many times and love the sense of community and support. Most importantly – your dedication to truly educating and inspiring investors of all levels. Here’s to 10 more years and beyond! David Thomas
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks David! I appreciate the message. Spread the word!
    chuck wilson
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    congratulations, bigger pockets is a breath of fresh air with all the gurus and their hot air thanks
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks, Chuck. We try to keep the hot air out of the site as much as possible!
    Yvette
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy birthday Bigger Pockets! I’m excited to be a part of this year’s celebration! Wishing many more!
    Yvette
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy birthday Bigger Pockets! I’m excited to be a part of this year’s celebration! Wishing many more!
    Marianne
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Bday BP! I sure am happy to have found you 🙂
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Hey Thanks Marianne!
    Jeremiah
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats and thank you man. I can’t tell you how helpful it has been.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s awesome to hear, Jeremiah.
    Rob
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday!!!! I only wish I had found you 9 years ago but I’m looking forward to the next 9+++++! Rob
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    We’ll be here to help you succeed, Rob. Just be sure to jump in and stay active in the discussions on site . . . don’t just read — engage and you’ll build your network, find partners, and more!
    Michelle
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday Bigger Pockets! And congratulations Josh! My life is one that has changed for the better because of this site. I am so grateful to this community. I have made some fantastic connections here and I appreciate the honesty and integrity with which you run Bigger Pockets.
    Michelle
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday Bigger Pockets! And congratulations Josh! My life is one that has changed for the better because of this site. I am so grateful to this community. I have made some fantastic connections here and I appreciate the honesty and integrity with which you run Bigger Pockets.
    Michelle
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday Bigger Pockets! And congratulations Josh! My life is one that has changed for the better because of this site. I am so grateful to this community. I have made some fantastic connections here and I appreciate the honesty and integrity with which you run Bigger Pockets.
    Michelle
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday Bigger Pockets! And congratulations Josh! My life is one that has changed for the better because of this site. I am so grateful to this community. I have made some fantastic connections here and I appreciate the honesty and integrity with which you run Bigger Pockets. Reply Report comment
    Nichole
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday BP!!!!! And thank you gentlemen for all your hard work and dedication!!! 😀 LOVE my BP!!! ????
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you Nichole! We love our users and fans . . .
    Anthony
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday, BP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Josh, Congratulations! This forum still rocks and has only gotten better what with the quality of the veterans and newcomers, alike. All the best, Anthony aka ROIGuy
    Anthony
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday, BP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Josh, Congratulations! This forum still rocks and has only gotten better what with the quality of the veterans and newcomers, alike. All the best, Anthony aka ROIGuy
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks very much, Anthony!
    Barbara
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday!!! Biggerpockets has got me on the right track.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s what I like to hear, Barbara!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s what I like to hear, Barbara!
    Steve H
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy B-day bigger pockets from growing pockets!
    Tina
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    First of all, Thank you for having such a vision. Bigger Pockets is an invaluable resource to everyone in the real estate field from newbies to pros. There is something for everyone and you created one place to find it. Thank you for showing us the right way to do things and for granting us access to resources, tools and people of integrity. I can’t forget to mention the podcast…it’s awesome. Wishing you continued success. Woo hoo!!!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks so much, Tina! Hopefully you can tell your friends and colleagues about us with that same enthusiasm!
    steve
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    happy birthday.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Steve.
    Enrique B
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Great great resource for both knowledge and community. Thanks for the creation of and the wonderful management of the site. Congratulations on the success so far and here’s to the continued success to come.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks so much, Enrique. Thank you for using BP for your business.
    Ralph Ramey
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    You did an awesome job Joshua. I am not new to real estate, but I don’t have tons of expierance either. I have found many tips, ideas, and answers here. I also have had my own ideas and notions confirmed and or disproved here. This website has proven to be one of my best resources and I truly thank you!! Ralph Ramey
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s great to hear, Ralph. Thanks for the message.
    Darren
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy B-day Josh, Been here with you off/on thru the years… Haha, remembering the cheesy afro-emoticons and all. You have done a GREAT JOB here Josh! Speaking for myself… THANK YOU!!!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Wow – it has been YEARS since we had emoticons . . . thanks for dropping in to share your note. Thanks for sticking around too!
    Tracy Royce
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Proud to be a small part of it, and see your growth. To your continued success!
    CARDWELL THAXTON
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday Bigger Pockets!!!!!!!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! I am glad you were born. May you live long and prosper. yay!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Cardwell!
    Rhodaline Arthur
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    A year ago, i applied for a loan from the bank and was turned down because i am younger and don’t have enough work experience. I found out about seller financing on BP and I now have my first seller financed duplex under contract which is scheduled to close next friday!! Go BP!!!!! . Thank you so much Josh!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Fantastic, Rhodaline! Congrats on getting that deal under contract. Once you close, please share some more detail in our Success Story forum to help inspire others like you. Thanks for the message.
    karen margrave
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    QUESTION JOSH – Are any of the members that started with you still here?
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s a great question, Karen. I think there are a few . . . I could probably go back through the records to check.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    That’s a great question, Karen. I think there are a few . . . I could probably go back through the records to check.
    jamar williams
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy birthday bigger pockets.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Jamar!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Jamar!
    BobT
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    has it really been 9 years?! I first landed on this “little” site with help of google in 2008, took me a while to realize I kept on coming back for more. Great job BP team and of course the BP community that makes it great. cheers
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks for coming back, Bob! I’m glad we’ve been able to give you the value you’ve been looking for. Much appreciated.
    John Fedro
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Happy Birthday BP! This is one fantastic site. Congrats to you Josh and Brandon and everyone that has contributed to make this site as success. All the best, John Fedro
    Treathyl Fox
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Awesome! 9 years! Wish you continued success!!!
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thank you.
    Ted Fall
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats on this milestone! This site and the podcasts are truly motivational! Thank you for having the vision and perseverance to create and stick with it. It’s great to have a place for the “free” exchange of ideas and knowledge.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Thanks Ted. It hasn’t always been easy, but I’m so glad that I’ve managed to take the site to where we are today….
    Shaun
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Congrats Josh on a great milestone and in creating an amazing resource for all us members.
    Joshua Dorkin
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Much appreciated, Shaun. Thanks for being a part of the community.
    Brandon Turner
    Replied almost 6 years ago
    Way to go, Josh! 🙂