BiggerPockets Podcast 011 : The Ultimate Beginner’s Podcast For Real Estate Investors

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Getting started with real estate investing can seem overwhelming, but on today’s episode of The BiggerPockets Podcast, we are going to walk you through the entire broad overview of how people actually make money in the real estate investing field – and how you can do the same. In this unique episode, Josh and Brandon will walk you through the steps to take before getting started, choosing your strategy, ideas for finding properties, tips for getting financing in order and much, much more. Grab a pen and paper and get ready to take notes – this episode is jam packed with over an hour of directly actionable and educational information.

Read the transcript of Episode 11 with Josh and Brandon here.

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In Today’s Flipping Podcast, We Cover:


  • The first “personal” decision you need to make before investing.
  • Working full-time vs. part time in real estate investing.
  • Josh Dorkin’s real thoughts on “gurus.”
  • Investing when you are broke.
  • Six steps to overcoming analysis paralysis
  • Ten unique niches and three solid strategies you can invest in real estate with.
  • Brandon’s favorite “team member” that helped cut 90% of his work out
  • To partner or not to partner? Pros and Cons
  • 13 ways to finance your real estate investments

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Thanks for checking out the BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing & Wealth Building Podcast. Hosts Joshua Dorkin & Brandon Turner strive to bring top-notch educational content and interviews to our listeners -- without the non-stop pitch prevalent around the industry. With over 180,000 listeners per show, the BiggerPockets Podcast has become the biggest real estate podcast in the world. But don’t take our word for it. We’re the top-rated and reviewed real estate show on iTunes — check it out, read the reviews on iTunes, and get busy listening and learning!


  1. Jesse M. Holmes on

    Soup to nuts? I guess I’m from the boonies, too!

    Great show, guys! The UBG has so much value to new investors. Hey, speaking of beginner’s guides, you mentioned starting up an REI club if there isn’t one near you. I wanted to recommend a link to Glenn Plantone’s article outlining exactly that.

    Thursday is my favorite day of the week. See you in the forums!

    • Thanks for listening and for pointing out that post, Jesse. I’m also glad to hear that Brandon isn’t the only one in the boonies that doesn’t know what on Earth us city folk are talking about. That said, here’s more information on “soup to nuts” to help out. Honestly, I didn’t understand the roots of the idiom until seeking out that link.

      We definitely appreciate your support each week; please be sure to leave us a review on iTunes if you haven’t already! Catch you next week…

  2. Josh and Brandon,

    Another home run obviously. I absolutely love listening to your podcasts. My wife and I actually listen to them every morning while we are getting ready for work through our entertainment surround sound system. :o) Brandon, as one musician to another, you should try adding a little reverb to Josh’s voice and see what happens. LOL

    Anyways, I think it is awesome that you guys thought to pretty much narrate the UBG. Great strategy. It worked well with J. Scott and his book also. It’s a good plan and it really helps the words on the page jump right off at you if they don’t already. I think this podcast will really help brand new investors shake out a few of the webs that clog the thinking and get them to start taking some action. great Job again. Can’t wait for the next one.

    • Hey Thomas –
      To be honest, we were a little nervous doing a show without a guest, but I think we did a good job and your feedback certainly reinforces that. We didn’t want to mess with something that was working, but I’m glad we did.

      Thanks for listening, and keep spreading the word!


  3. Mehran Kamari on

    I can’t wait to listen to this one. Got it loaded on the USB for my drive to/fro work this evening. I can tell by the description that I’m going to love it. I don’t use iTunes but I may have to install it just to leave a review!

  4. Thank you for the great podcast. So far I am enjoying what BP is providing for all investors. I really like the excellent points provided. Became a PRO member to obtain as many of these great spreadsheets and contracts provided by many of our members. Thank you again.

    PS I got your back on the “borg” comment. He is just a hater

  5. Niki Cunningham on

    Just listened to the podcast and really enjoyed it, but I guess I missed Brandon’s favorite team member that cut 90% of his work. So could you please share on that because I’m needing a team member like that!

  6. Daniel Inman on

    Love the podcast Josh and Brandon,
    Sorta young starter investor here (29) and I would love to here a podcast from Jeff Brown on purposeful planning or anything he wishes to discuss(normally gold advice). And second topic would be green investing, is it possible or lucrative?

    Thanks again guys,


    • Hey Daniel –
      Thanks for listening! I’m glad you enjoyed the show. We’ve got the BawldGuy on our list of people to get to down the line and are definitely interested in doing an episode on Green. Keep listening and we’ll bring the good stuff to ya!

  7. Guys,

    I’m enjoying the series of podcasts. The only nitpick I would have is about calling vacancy and credit loss (unpaid rent) “expenses”. Vacancy is a lost opportunity, but it’s not an expenses 😉

  8. Wow, this was a really great one. I already read the UBG twice and it was nice to have this podcast to go along with the guide. That guide is what made me decide that real estate investing will be my path to financial freedom. Thanks for the guide and the podcast!


  9. I didn’t realize you guys had this particular podcast until recently. I appreciate the amount of topics that were covered and I’ll probably listen to it again. I have a hard copy to! Priceless………

  10. Good morning,

    I am curious. What is the best and/or easiest way to get started? I was working towards doing a Flip or two while seeking out any wholesale deals that I can come across just to create some funding to get me to a couple buy and holds. In this podcast, it was stated that flipping and wholesaling is an avenue that is better when doing full time.

    A little about me, I work full time as a luxury auto sales consultant. I work long hours. The same long hours I do not mind giving to real estate in my future. Right now, I need to keep the job that I have for more reasons than one.

    So here I am, looking to put together some capital for the buy and hold, but looking to get there in any and many ways that are possible. What is the best and/or easiest way to gain the funds to move forward? Or should I just look into Private Funds?

    Please give me any and all feedback, I would love to be in the know.

  11. Julia Rowling

    Thanks again, guys, for publishing the UBG! It is such a great overview and framework to build knowledge from.

    I liked that, true to form, Josh reminds us of the need for HARD WORK to be successful. Contrary to the guru-hype, it’s rarely overnight, and the four-hour workweek may be something to aspire to, but for most of us, it’s not going to be that easy-breazy. So for newbies: get educated…apply concepts with action…monitor and adjust…keep learning…keep taking action.

    I am a HUGE fan of BP and cannot thank you enough for creating such important content!!!!

  12. Is the two percent rule realistic? I am a newbie and renting my first home now and that rule seems unreasonable. i bought for around 200k, meaning according to that rule, i should rent for 4k but home around here rent for 2k if you are lucky

  13. Julie Marquez

    Thanks for all that you guys do for real estate investing! I am thankful that I don’t have to bribe a guru or pay $20k to learn all this information. What you guys provide is so invaluable, and I can’t thank BP enough for the platform and great content. Thanks again!

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