7 Ways to Find a Real Estate Mentor for Free

by | BiggerPockets.com

How can aspiring real estate investors find mentors — for free?

All the greats have mentors. The best investors, real estate moguls, coaches, athletes, and politicians have all had mentors. Not every new investor can afford or justify the high cost many real estate trainers are trying to charge today. So how do you get this crucial help without a big budget for it?

7 Ways to Find Free Real Estate Mentors

  1. Use BiggerPockets to tap into their advice, feedback, and strategies.
  2. Join local meet up groups and networking events.
  3. Go where they hang out and strike up a conversation.
  4. Volunteer with causes they are involved in.
  5. Simply do awesome work — then get noticed and get recruited by them.
  6. Go to their free trainings.
  7. Invest with them and learn as you go.

Related: 4 Rookie Mistakes That Drive Potential Real Estate Mentors Away

How I Did It

What I did was find a mentor who worked in all the elements in real estate. They were involved in everything from purchasing the property to rehabbing the property and property management. This investor happened to work out at the same CrossFit gym as I did.

I overheard on multiple occasions his conversations on all the elements he was involved with in the industry. I offered to work for this person for free (yes, I said for free) to help with whatever was needed in his business. In return, in two to three years. I learned what would have taken most investors 10-15 years to learn. I basically pulled from his 20 years of experience in the industry and squeezed it into those few years. It helped me sidestep most (not all) newbie mistakes and a lot of expensive trial and error.

What’s Important in Finding a Mentor

It is vital to remember that just because someone in the industry is willing to mentor, train, or put you to work for free, that doesn’t mean there is value for you. You’ll learn something, but if you really want to fast track to your goals, you need to find a great mentor who has been there and done that. That is someone who is not only crushing it in business and is getting the results you want, but is also good at mentoring. This really worked for me, but it is always good to evaluate your options and test them out before making a big commitment.

Related: Why an Amazing Mentor Makes the Difference Between Mediocrity & Wild Success

If you want to learn and earn real estate in the most effective and profitable way, it pays to get a mentor. Some are comfortable with paying tens of thousands for training programs, while others such as myself don’t have that amount of capital starting out, so we barter with our time.

If you have a mentor, how did you find them?

Let me know your experiences with a comment!

About Author

Sterling White

With just under a decade of experience in the real estate industry, Sterling currently manages over $10MM in capital, which is deployed across a $26MM real estate portfolio made up of multifamily apartments and single-family homes. Through the company he co-founded, Holdfolio, he owns just under 400 units. Sterling was featured on the BiggerPockets Podcast and has been contributing content to BiggerPockets since 2014, with over 200 posts on topics ranging from single-family investing and apartment investing to wholesaling and scaling a business.


  1. Alex Sanfilippo

    Awesome posts and great advise for finding mentorship! As an individual who is in the middle, both always looking for more influences/mentors and also mentoring younger generations, I can tell you that these are some pro tips in this post!

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