BiggerPockets Podcast 097: Quitting Your Job and Overcoming Real Estate Obstacles with Kyle Pettit

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Itching to quit your 9 to 5 to become a full time investor, but don’t know how to get there? This week, we sit down with an investor who has done just that — despite obstacles that could have discouraged his plans had he not been persistent and kept an eye on his end goal.

Listen as Kyle Pettit shares with the BiggerPockets Podcast his story of breaking into the rental and wholesaling sides of the real estate industry, including tips on screening tenants, expanding your marketing reach and tackling the challenges that come with working from home. If you’re struggling to make your mark in world of real estate and wondering when that pivotal point of becoming a full time investor will ever happen, this is the motivation you’ve been waiting for.

Newbies and experienced investors alike, don’t miss out on this informative, entertaining episode!

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In This Show We Cover:

  • Details on Kyle’s first deals
  • The ins and outs of an REO deal BiggerPockets-Podcast-Cover 300 300
  • What you need to know about hard money lenders
  • The importance of building relationships early on
  • How to be persistent despite setbacks on a wholesaling deal
  • Important information about lease options
  • How to find a good company for screening tenants
  • Getting started with postcards and yellow letter campaigns
  • Why you should always background check the people you work with
  • How to handle phone calls through a virtual phone system
  • Quitting your day job to focus on real estate
  • Tips on finding and handling sellers
  • The keys to expanding your real estate marketing
  • What you should expect being a full time real estate investor
  • Managing distractions and working at home
  • And lots more!

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About Author

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. Richard Low

    Thanks for putting on this podcast for almost 2 years! I just left you a 5 star review on iTunes, you guys are amazing.

    Quick question for Brandon or Josh or anyone else working on the backend of your podcast – I remember early on you mentioning a service that you use for your ‘Tweetable topics.’ What was that? And do you still do them? If you’ve stopped, why? Not getting enough use?

    I ask because I’m working for an online dentistry forum that has started a podcast. I want to emulate some of the success of your podcast and wanted to know what has helped you most to spread your podcast. Any advice would be appreciated!

  2. Kyle Pettit

    Hey Brian! Typically I only use $100 as EMD. However, recently, the way I’ve been writing them up is, $100 EMD upon acceptance of contract and to open escrow. Then I put in there for an additional amount to be deposited upon completion of feasibility or inspection period. By that point you should have a deposit from your buyer. Hope that helps!

  3. Hi,,, I’m new at BiggerPockets, and I’m trying to listen to the podcast and for some reason I can’t… can some one help me to find out if I need to download an application to listen… I have a PC

  4. Georges Arnaout

    Great podcast as usual guys. I am still trying to catch up 😉

    You talked about tenant screening companies in this podcast and I use SmartMove as well. Is there any good company I can use for tenants without a credit score? Only ITIN or Full name? I deal with a lot of immigrants in my area (East Boston, MA) and would like to be able to do a background check on them based on their name, dob, and maybe ITIN. I have searched the forum with no luck. I currently use MA courts system public records but it’s a pain.

  5. Nick Foundas

    Kyle, I know I’m late to the party on this one but it was a pleasure listening to your podcast, very informative and motivational. I was wondering, you had mentioned you used hard money for some of your acquisitions, how much down payment do they typically require you to put up? Also when you make the offer on a property, would it be a “cash offer” if you are using hard money to fund it? Good luck with your future deals. Karma will treat you well when you continue to treat the deals with respect!

  6. Gary Fischer

    Just a side comment…You know there is a Kyle “Petit” that’s a woman in Santa Rosa Beach FL ? She dabbles in real estate as well along with her ex. A pretty successful couple, mainly from their restaurant experience but just thought it was interesting when I saw this name here. Oliver Petit is her ex husband. “Oli”. They own the Red Bar in Grayton Beach. Pretty popular place actually. Lots of music icons know them and are friends with them. In fact one of the most recent I’ve seen is a video from Luke Bryan where part was shot from within the Red Bar

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