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Navigating the Fork in My Real Estate Road (Happy 11th Birthday, BiggerPockets!)

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There comes a point in every person’s life where they stand at a fork in the road — a moment that defines their destiny.

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For me, that fork came in 2004.

Was I going to keep making mistakes or could I do something to stem the tide?

I jumped into the real estate investing business with both feet, but like countless others, I didn’t have the tools at my disposal to make great decisions. My out-of-state rental properties were causing headaches that I wouldn’t wish upon my greatest enemies, and I didn’t know where to turn.

I tried looking for help online and found nothing but vague promises of salesmen telling me I could “get rich quick” if I just paid for some crazy course or boot camp. Of course, being a New Yorker, my “BS-o-meter” is pretty well-tuned. I didn’t want hype, hope, or promises. I needed answers from real investors who had been where I was going.

It was that fork in the road that led me to start BiggerPockets 11 years ago today. 

Where We’ve Been

Birthdays tend to make us reflect upon our lives and especially the year we’ve just completed. When I sit down today to look at how far BiggerPockets has come, I’m both blown away and humbled. Here are just a few facts:

  • Over 30 million people have come through BiggerPockets since its inception.
  • We currently have 382,458 members from nearly every country on earth.
  • The BiggerPockets Podcast has been downloaded over 9,000,000 times.
  • The Forums now have 1,559,373 posts, with thousands of new posts each day, making them some of the largest and most active forums on the internet.
  • And so much more!

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Where We’re Going

What’s even more exciting is that much of this growth has happened in just the last 12 months! BiggerPockets is experiencing exponential growth in a way I could have never imagined, and I’m excited to see where this growth takes us in the coming years.

We have some pretty big, exciting things in store for the BiggerPockets community over the next year, from new tools to new books to new networking opportunities (and maybe even another conference, but you didn’t hear that from me). I believe the next year will be the most transformative year for BiggerPockets, and in turn, for our members.

While I don’t want to reveal too much right now, look for some major changes to BiggerPockets’ look and feel in the coming months. We’re thrilled with the update and can’t wait to unveil our sleek new design, improved user experience, and much more. For a (slightly cryptic) first look, check out the image below!

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Special Thanks

I want to end this post by thanking everyone who has made this possible:

  • To the team here at BiggerPockets (19 people strong now!)
  • To the moderators who volunteer their time policing the Forums
  • To the volunteer writers on the BiggerPockets Blog and the Member Blogs
  • To the Pro members who help keep the lights on here at BiggerPockets
  • To those who simply read, post, and consume information throughout BiggerPockets
  • To those who spread the word about BiggerPockets to their family members, friends, and colleagues
  • To the thousands of social media fans on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and more
  • And to my wife, who keeps my head screwed on straight through it all.

Without you all, BiggerPockets would be nothing but a dream inside my head as I struggled to invest in real estate. Instead, it’s a vibrant, expanding community of individuals who care about each other’s success and want to help one another reach their goals.

There is simply nothing else like it on earth, and I’m proud to be a part of such an adventure.

Happy 11th Birthday, BiggerPockets! 

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.

    Erika Carter Residential Real Estate Broker from Chicago, IL
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    I love BiggerPockets!!!! Thank you!!!
    Joshua Dorkin from Denver, CO
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thanks Erika!
    Scott Trench President of BiggerPockets from Denver, CO
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    It’s a shame there’s no “vote” option for blog posts. Rock on Josh!
    Joshua Dorkin from Denver, CO
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thanks Scott! I’m glad that our fanboy has become a part of our success. You rock!
    Douglas Bourque Investor from Dunnellon, Florida
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thank you Josh for following your dream! It has helped me tremendously.
    Sharon Vornholt from Goshen, KY
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Happy birthday Josh! Wishing BiggerPockets many more. Sharon
    Joshua Dorkin from Denver, CO
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thank you Sharon!
    James Slaughter Environmental Scientist / Investor from Davidson, North Carolina
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Happy Birthday Bigger Pockets! I signed up as a pro member the first evening I found the site (after listening to a webinar) and have not looked back. Josh I can’t begin to tell you how much I have learned and what an inspiration your site is. Much continued success! James “Kevin” Slaughter
    Joshua Dorkin from Denver, CO
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thanks a lot, James. I’m happy you’re loving the site!
    Robert Gandy Investor from folsom, Louisiana
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Josh, Thank you for all that you have done bring all of us together. Your site has been invaluable to me. I am not very active here, but I tell everyone that I talk to about how important Bigger Pockets is. Congratulations and many more successful years!
    Joshua Dorkin from Denver, CO
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thanks for the message, Robert. Why aren’t you more active? The site gets even more valuable as you put more time into it.
    Nnabuenyi Anigbogu from Chicago, Illinois
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    The only thing i don’t like about Bigger pockets is that i have to wait a week in between podcasts :). Great job with the site. It has taught me plenty.
    Joshua Dorkin from Denver, CO
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    We appreciate the patience! Thanks for the message!
    Karen Rittenhouse Flipper/Rehabber from Greensboro, NC
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Happy Happy Birthday, BiggerPockets, and many many more. 🙂
    Joshua Dorkin from Denver, CO
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thanks Karen!
    Joshua Dorkin from Denver, CO
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thanks Karen!
    Jerry W. Investor from Thermopolis, Wyoming
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    You have built an amazing thing here. To make it even better it is a thing that helps people as well as providing a job for you. Not many folks can do that. I appreciate the information and knowledge I have gained since coming to the site. It has taken me many steps further into real estate than I even dreamed of doing.
    Joshua Dorkin from Denver, CO
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thanks, Jerry. I’m glad that we could play a part in your business!
    Tiffany Alexy Broker-in-Charge/Property Manager from Raleigh, North Carolina
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Love BP the way it is, but also looking forward to whatever fresh changes lie ahead… Congratulations Josh!!!
    James Green Wholesaler from Waldorf, Maryland
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thanks BP! This site has been awesome & I truly love that it is a “give back” community. Here’s to 11 more!
    Kevin Entner Investor from Mukilteo, Washington
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Congrats on 11 years Josh! Even though I don’t post much, I have been reading the blogs for 5 or 6 years now and greatly enjoy the content. Here’s to another 11 years!
    Tim Puffer from Lansing, Michigan
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    BP is simply awesome. Most people my age spend most of their social media time on Facebook looking at videos of cats. I spend my time on BP learning and moving toward my first deal. Thanks Josh for the Awesomeness that is BP!!
    Ronald Perich Investor from Granite City, Illinois
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    I credit BP with getting me the education and knowledge I needed to get going in this business. Josh, your idea 11 years back changed countless lives, including my own. Thanks for having that vision!
    Yenni Liong from New York City, New York
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Thanks for made a decision to create such an awesome website eleven years ago Josh! It’s been my go to place for knowledge and motivation. Happy birthday BP, and all the best!!!
    Shailesh L. from CORAL SPRINGS, Florida
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    I would be closing on my first true investment rental property next week. I don’t think this would have been possible without motivation from Bigger pockets podcasts & it’s plethora of knowledge & resources. Thanks Josh & team, you guys are doing an awesome job !. Happy Birthday !
    Elizabeth Blazina Investor from Seattle, Washington
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Happy Birthday Josh and crew. So wonderful to have BiggerPockets! It is something to be very proud of. Look ing forward to the new growth as well. Liz
    Todd Campbell Investor from Austell, Georgia
    Replied almost 4 years ago
    Happy Birthday Josh and BP Team!! Thank you for having the vision, insight and drive to start this spectacular resource for all of us. I love BP!!