BiggerPockets Podcast 160: From 0 to 50 Flips in 5 Years (While Still Working a Job!) with Stefanie Marshall

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Today on the BiggerPockets Podcast, we sit down and chat with Stefanie Marshall, an investor from Northern California who has flipped more than 50 properties in the last five years, all while working a job as an accountant! In this powerful (and hilarious) interview, Stefanie shares how she jumped into the flipping game, how she managed to purchase a property in California for just $30,000, the sad story of losing $100,000 on a single flip, and how she bounced back to create an impressive flipping empire! Don’t miss a second of this fun, informative (and often sarcastic) episode!

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In This Episode We Cover:

  • BiggerPockets Podcast ArtworkWhat Stefanie does in real estate
  • How she got started
  • How she completed 60 deals in a span of five years
  • Tips for investing while having a day job
  • How she started without knowing much and ended up being saved by a contractor
  • Thoughts on finding a good partner
  • Some of Stephanie’s deals that went wrong
  • Where is the line when doing a price reduction
  • What to do when something goes wrong in the middle of a flip
  • Why you anticipate “I don’t know what’s going wrong” expenses
  • Where she currently invests and what the market is like
  • The minimum profit she tries to shoot for
  • How a flat fee listing works
  • The importance of being represented well in a deal
  • How she finds deal through auctions
  • What cash for keys is
  • How to research properties before going to an auction
  • How she finds deals today
  • The female perspective on investing
  • Thoughts on having a team and building systems
  • And SO much more!

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Books Mentioned in this Show

Tweetable Topics:

  • “Everything does not have to be always bigger and better.” (Tweet This!)
  • “Your first loss will be your smallest loss.” (Tweet This!)

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  1. Yasmine Bisumber

    Really enjoyed this one, I am usually in my car driving when listening to the podcasts. This morning I had some time to myself and I got on and listened and am able to leave a comment. Super great content, it is so nice to hear from female flippers. Stephanie has really gotten her business under control and I hope to go from 0 to 50 in years as well! Again, thanks so much for sharing and putting this one together.

    Alright, gotta get back to work!

  2. Karen O.

    Podcast was informative. Thanks. I’ll start working my way through previous posts. Only negative, seems like you spent a lot of time chatting with each other. Would have rathered hear more from Ms. Marshall. Still, all in all – Good show. Keep up the good work.

  3. Kelly Arthur

    This was a great podcast. She was funny but what I like the most is how knowledgeable she was and how she is on top of her numbers/analysis. I’m also and accountant and a numbers geek. Numbers don’t lie!!! I also love to see female flippers and aspire to be as successful as Stefanie. She is sharp and on point.

    Thanks Stefanie, this was very helpful and full of great tips.

    Continued success to you Stefanie,


  4. Kory Thaut

    I enjoy these stories about building good, long-term teams, based on doing the right thing and taking care of people. In this business, it’s so easy to treat people like numbers in a business plan but it seems that Stefanie is really passionate about building relationships that are both good for her business as well as those she works with.

  5. RNL Peterson

    Great podcast Stephanie! Me and my husband are just getting started in real estate investing. We became accidental landlords due to life circumstances and are now thinking it has been a blessing to be on this path. We’re super excited about learning about buy and hold strategies as well as flipping. Thanks for all your insight!

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