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I Just Sold Half of My Rental Portfolio—Here’s Why That Should Make You Nervous!

Brandon Turner
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I Just Sold Half of My Rental Portfolio—Here’s Why That Should Make You Nervous!

If you listened to the BiggerPockets Podcast a while ago, you may have heard me mention: I once sold half of my portfolio.

Out of my 52 rental units, I sold 24 in one swoop by unloading my 24-unit apartment complex. (At the same time, I also sold two of my single family houses.)

Since then, I’ve been asked numerous times: “WHY!?”

  • Is the real estate market crashing?
  • Is it time to get out of real estate?
  • Is the sky falling?
  • Should I buy Bitcoin instead?

(To that last point—no.)

Here I explain exactly why I sold my portfolio—and why that should make you a little nervous. But don’t worry, it’s probably not what you think.

Why I Sold

When I started investing in real estate, I made a lot of mistakes. We all do.

One of those mistakes was very simple and common. When I analyzed deals, I assumed I would be able to do the property management myself—forever. After all, when I was buying my 24-unit apartment complex, I was just 25 years old, so it was easy. I had no kids, and my wife and I could spend all our time dealing with the drama that comes with owning lower-income rental properties.

However, time’s have changed. Specifically, this happened a few years back:

Rosie and Dad

That’s right—I became a dad, and it’s the best thing in the world. So, managing tenants wasn’t as fun as it once was, because frankly, I’d rather spend my time with Rosie.

But remember, when I analyzed my early deals, including my 24-unit apartment, I didn’t plan for property management. So, if I decided to outsource it at this point, a large chunk of my cash flow would be destroyed. AND because of my location, I don’t think I could find a decent property manager.

In other words, I had painted myself into a corner. Whoopsies. So, when someone randomly offered to buy my apartment complex, I said, “sure.”

[Subtle lesson here: I was contacted by a local investor, completely out of the blue. I had not been thinking of selling at all. He just reached out to me at the right time and bought a great deal from me. This should motivate you to contact every landlord in your area. There is a good chance many of them are in the same boat I was.]

No, real estate is not collapsing. Will the market decline again? Of course. It’s just a matter of time. Statistically, we’re in for a recession soon.

But does that mean I gave up on buying real estate? Far from it. In fact, I was just getting started. And that should make you nervous.

Related: How to Beat the Coming Housing Slowdown With a Value-Add Multifamily

Why You Should Be Nervous About What I’m Doing

It’s simple: I’m competing with you—and I’m going to win. Yes, I just said it.

I’m taking your next deal.

I’m going to out-hustle you.

I’m going to out-market you.

I’m going to out-smart you. 

Happy casual beautiful woman working on a laptop sitting on the bed in the house.

And I’m not the only one. Smart investors, everywhere, are still looking—and still finding—deals. So, are you going to sit on the sidelines and wait for the market to decline? Or are you going to get out there and compete with me?

The Next Step for You

Look, the end of the year is approaching quickly. You had some pretty lofty goals set at the beginning of the year. How are you doing on them?

Are you ready to get serious about crushing your goals? If so—and if you are ready to sprint to the end of the year—then listen up: Take the 90-Day Challenge with me.

Related: Buying a House: The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing Your First Property

It’s a 90-day sprint to buy your first (or next) property before the end of the year, and the entire BiggerPockets community is going to be doing it together.

To kick off the challenge, you can watch the BiggerPockets webinar here.

It’s time to sprint to the finish line. See ya there!


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