BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast

BiggerPockets Podcast 116: How to Quit Your Job Through Wholesaling, Flipping, and Taking Action with Nasar Elarabi

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On this episode of the BiggerPockets Podcast, learn what it took for Nasar Elarabi to quit his dead-end job and become a full time wholesaler, flipper, and landlord. Tune in for discussions covering how he funds his deals, what makes him a better landlord, and why he’s tried his hand at many avenues of real estate. In this not only informative, but also wildly entertaining episode, Nasar shares his tales of success and the failures that helped him learn — including the first flip he ever undertook (that turned out to be disastrous).

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This show is packed with a heavy dose of motivation and miles of actionable content, so don’t waste another minute. Just hit “play!”

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In This Episode We Cover:

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  • How Nasar got into real estate 
  • The story of how he got it all wrong with his first flip
  • What he learned from those mistakes
  • How he shifted to buy & hold properties
  • What you should know about debt to income ratios
  • How Nasar funds his deals
  • How he became “too stupid to quit
  • Why he shifted once again to wholesaling
  • What makes him a better landlord now
  • Interesting information on owner financing
  • How to know when to quit your job
  • The ins and outs of achieving a “slam dunk deal
  • The importance of working with the right people
  • What exactly code enforcement leads and delinquent tax leads are
  • What makes him different from other investors
  • And SO much more.

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Books Mentioned in this Show

Tweetable Topics:

  • “Slow down and learn to focus on that one thing that you want.” (Tweet This!)
  • “Just because you own four houses does not make you a real estate expert.” (Tweet This!)
  • “Sometimes you’ve got to jump off the roof and get your wings on your way down.” (Tweet This!)
  • “You’re going to learn more doing it than reading a book.” (Tweet This!)

Connect with Nasar

Real strategies that work for real people seeking to build wealth through real estate investments. Co-hosted by Brandon Turner and David Greene, this podcast provides actionable advice from investo...
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    Sergio Araujo Real Estate Investor from Chicago, Illinois
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Awesome Podcast! Very useful for wanna be wholesalers like I, who have not taken action yet. That will change soon!
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Thanks for listening and commenting.. Yes its all about taking action
    Vania Castillo Investor from New York City, New York
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Very candid and the most entretening podcast so far. Thank you for sharing. You go Nasar!!!
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    I am glad that I have been able to entertain you.. lol and thank you for listening..
    Andre Clemons from Tampa, Florida
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Great Podcast
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    thanks for listening
    Tom Tarrant
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Great Job Nasar! You are so funny and entertaining to listen to.
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    thanks tom… I try to add a little spice..
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    thanks tom… I try to add a little spice..
    Raquel Llanes from Fullerton, California
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    I LOVE THIS WEBSITE!!!! I learned so much from this podcast alone. I found that my county has a website that they post tax delinquent addresses. So awesome! Such a good podcast, thank you so much for all the info Guys!
    Henry R. Rental Property Investor from Saratoga County, NY
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Very good podcast! And funny too
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Im glad I was actually able to help some one in life.. My old job was wrong about me.. And thanks for listening
    Glenn McCrorey Investor from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Nasar, very well done. Motivational and entertaining. I sat on my front porch smoking a cigar listening to your podcast and was laughing out loud…. don’t you just love real estate?
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Glenn, Thanks man glad I could be entertaining.. We could all use a good laugh.. And yes I love real estate
    Doug Sheridan Flipper/Rehabber from Tulsa, Ok
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Great stuff Nasar! When I was young and cutting my teeth in outside sales I had a poster in my office of “Tigger” from Whinny the Pooh that said ” Think less, jump more”! I still call Tigger my favorite business coach to this day. Thanks for sharing your success and failures in R/E and life.
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Yeah man.. I try to tell me people just do it like nike. Dont over think it.. And glad you enjoyed the podcast
    Thomas Neely Accountant from Saint Louis , MO
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Love this POD cast!
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    thanks man
    Pyrrha Rivers Investor from Yokosuka, Japan
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    What a charismatic guest! Thank you for your candid straight-forward and open interview, Nasar. I love how you keep it real.
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Thanks for listening.. And yes I keep it all the way real.. Much success
    Jack B. Investor from Charlotte, North Carolina
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Great interview Nasar!
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Thanks for listening
    Deshan Kennedy Real Estate Agent from Fredericksburg, VA
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Good podcast Nasar. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Man, thanks for listening.. And no problem… We can all learn from my failures and stupidity..
    Suzgo Phiri Real Estate Investor from Washington, District of Columbia
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    “I was too stupid to quit” best quote ever !!!
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Yup, and I was too stupid to know I was too stupid.. lol Thanks for listening
    Don Pederson Real Estate Investor from Bensalem, PA
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Awesome stuff!!
    Leonard L. Investor from Newport Beach, CA
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Nasar, you are one funny dude. I have never laughed so f***n hard during a business podcast. So many guys on this podcast make it sound easy, but you were totally real. Not only about how some people cannot be wholesalers, but who else have I EVER heard say they deserved to be fired?! Speaking of keeping it real, I realize listening to you that, although I grew up in mixed race neighborhood of LA, I now live in a pretty white suburb and I never hear black voices anymore. Kind of a bummer. Anyway, if you are ever in Orange County, let me know because I want to buy you a beer/wine/hand-crafted cocktail (that last one a nod to your foodie status).
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Man Im just glad you were able to get a good laugh.. All I know is being real… No need to be a liar..I dont drink alcohol or smoke.. But im quite sure you can take me to a Good food joint out their to eat..
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    and thanks for listening
    Leonard L. Investor from Newport Beach, CA
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    OK, really excellent fish tapas, overlooking the sailboats of Newport Beach harbor. Just let me know when you are town.
    Darren Sager Investor from Summit, NJ
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Great Podcast Nasar! Great to hear that you’re a “DoRu”. Way to go making things happen and getting past the perils in the early stages!
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Thanks so much…
    Sheikh Rahman Investor from Richardson, Texas
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Amazing podcast! With all of the talk on the internet, I never thought that real wholesalers would be so few. This was a great perspective from someone actually working for his daily bread. Thanks Josh, Brandon, and Nasar!
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    thanks for listening.. You know I got to keep it real… lol
    Jonathan Makovsky Investor from Fairfield-New Haven-Hartford County, Connecticut
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    This podcast was awesome! Loved the Do-ru reference. Keep kicking butt!
    Corey Earlie
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Thank you so much for the information, with a great BP podcast episode! I’m also from North Carolina and returning to Charlotte this year once I arrive from my work overseas. My goal is to dive headfirst into wholesaling properties in the area! I would love to speak with you directly upon my return and possibly learn from you firsthand if you’re willing!
    Dana Whicker Investor from Fernandina Beach, Florida
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Wow, just got around to listening to this one, great podcast.
    D'Aydra Allen
    Replied almost 5 years ago
    Just finished listening to this. It was great for my ears and motivation for my business! I love how real and honest Nasar is, thank you! It’s so good to hear a person share their mistakes and lessons while being in a place you hope to be.
    Kathia L. Rental Property Investor from South FL
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Awesome podcast, up there in my Top 10 Best Podcasts and I laughed out loud throughout, you and Josh should be a comedic duo. It was so nice I listened twice. Thanks @Nasar for giving us the real deal on wholesaling. I came to BP thinking I could wholesale bc I saw a “guru” who shall not be named but on his website he wanted tons of money to help me, help myself. If it wasn’t for BP (thanks @Josh) I might actually be paying monthly for free info. I’ve figured out that buy and hold is the way to go for me. I’m taking my time and scouting for my first deal now after pouring over the podcasts blogs, books and articles.
    Vince Beusan from Laguna Hills, California
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Naser, just finished this morning listening to the Podcast. Definitely an entertaining funny podcast with good sense of humor. I found that it lightens up the conversation, but also gets the point across well. Thanks for sharing from the heart with honesty of the deals you’ve done with the BP community. Wholesaling is a transactional job, and you clearly explained that and how each deal is check to check. Also I like how you informed the people about keeping their funnel full with understanding how to Market, negotiate and sell. I’ve been selling solutions for 19+yrs and those are the key ingredients no matter what the widget is… Wholesaling is not easy, and the steady consistent “DO’ers” win the race! See you around BP!
    Katrina Jones from Bronx, New York
    Replied over 4 years ago
    OMG! I work at that same call center he mention, which is now Wells Fargo and it is horrible. lol!!!!
    Lauren Har Investor from Miami, Florida
    Replied over 4 years ago
    4 minutes and 40 seconds into podcast and I am still listening to rambling useless conversations and waiting for some kind of useful information. Please add a fast forward button to your podcasts or get to the guest/ point more quickly. All the podcasts start the same way.
    Raymond Sylverne Rental Property Investor from Miramar, Fl
    Replied over 4 years ago
    I’ve officially listened to this podcast 3x now and every time I walk with a sense on of inspiration reinforcing the idea that I can do it to. Your something like the people champ. Respect brother!
    Victor Macanas Office Admin from Bremerton, Washington
    Replied about 4 years ago
    Awesome Podcast, one of my favorites when it comes to wholesaling. I really appreciate you keeping it real. Great advice and thanks for sharing your experience’s to help a newbie like myself avoid making the same mistakes. Respect!
    Cindy Lamug from North Las Vegas, NV
    Replied over 3 years ago
    This podcast had me smiling while at work! (Trying not to laugh) I love your honesty and congrats on your success, Nasar!
    Stephen Taylor from Rockford, Illinois
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Hello Nasar just listened to your podcast great job.. one question who do you use for your outsourcing mail list
    Stephen Taylor from Rockford, Illinois
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Nasar who do you use for your outsourcing mail list
    Don Spafford Investor from Idaho Falls, ID
    Replied over 2 years ago
    The DoRu, Love it! Great podcast.