Real Estate Investing Expert Guides

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The Ultimate Beginner's Guide To Real Estate Investing

Looking to invest in real estate but not sure how to get started? START HERE.

The most common question asked by those starting out in real estate investing is simply, "How do I begin?" Don't get overwhelmed by the volume of information out there. Instead, check out this one-stop comprehensive guide and discover the many different paths to achieve wealth and financial freedom through real estate. Learn how to make a plan for success, the best strategy and niche for you, tips to obtain financing, how to find deals, and other knowhow that will arm you with the knowledge you need to begin taking action towards your first (or next) investment property.

The First-Time Home Buyer’s Guide

Demystify the home-buying process, from financial readiness to closing day, with this comprehensive guide

Just thinking about buying a home for the first time brings waves of emotion. It’s both an exciting and frightening concept for most people. First and foremost, know you’re not alone! Over one-third of all Americans are considering buying a home in the next five years. Our goal with this guide is to prepare you for the road ahead.

How to Invest in Real Estate Using the BRRRR Method

Looking for the secret to creating wealth in real estate? The BRRRR method—or "buy, rehab, rent, refinance, repeat"—is our proven, easy-to-follow method to build your portfolio

When you buy a home, fix it up, improve its value, and then refinance, you’re borrowing against the value of the property at its highest. Done correctly, this allows you to recover more of—or sometimes all of—the money you invested in the property. Our guide to the BRRRR method explains each of the steps and outlines how to build wealth through real estate, one property at a time.

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Home Loans

Feeling overwhelmed by a vast array of home loan options? Learn which lending choice is right for you and your property purchases in this comprehensive, easy-to-navigate guide.

Taking out a mortgage may be nerve-racking for a first-time buyer—and for good reason. Home loans represent a big commitment. But mortgages are also the simplest, most realistic way for the vast majority of people to buy a home. And if you choose correctly, your loan can be an affordable path to owning a home or investment property. Explore your lending options—including 15 vs. 30-year fixed-rate loans, adjustable-rate loans, and government-backed loans—to make your best, most informed decision here.

How to Become a Real Estate Agent: An Investor's Guide

A real estate license offers benefits like direct MLS access and potential commissions. Ready to get your license? We walk you through all the steps—and explain the essential elements of a rockstar agent

While a real estate license isn't a necessity for all investors, some find it an essential part of their investment strategy. But getting your license can be a long process, involving coursework, exams, and background checks—and, of course, you'll need to find a broker. Learn more about what separates average agents from the great and get all the details on acquiring your license with our in-depth guide to becoming a real estate agent.

Buy and Hold: An Investor’s Guide to Purchasing Rental Property

Don't start investing in rental properties without reading our guide to acing the buy and hold strategy first.

Buying rental property—also known as the buy and hold strategy—helps investors secure both steady cash flow and equity. With this method, real estate investors purchase properties and rent them out long-term while the value appreciates. BiggerPockets's guide to the buy and hold strategy will teach you how to analyze rental markets, budget for your investment, choose the best property, and finance your purchase. Ready to start investing in rental property? Here's how.

How to Become a Millionaire: The Ultimate Step by Step Guide

The step by step guide to financial independence

Of the 7 billion people on earth, less than 20 million are millionaires. That’s far less than one percent. This ultimate guide explores the only three ways anyone becomes rich—and demonstrates how anyone can reach millionaire status if they only follow a few simple rules. The goal of this guide is simple: to make sure you become a millionaire sooner rather than later.

The Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Market Analysis

How to understand and compare real estate markets and properties—for your best deal ever.

Before diving into real estate investing, make sure you understand how to compare markets and properties. Whether you're trying to decide between investing in Boise or Sacramento—or you're just comparing two similar homes—this guide will walk you through all the numbers you need to know. From calculating cash-on-cash return to running a comparative market analysis, the experts at BiggerPockets demonstrate the steps you need to follow and the statistics you must know.

The Real Estate Agent’s Ultimate Guide to Working with Investors

Are you an agent eager to start working with investors? Start your education here.

As an agent, working with investors can dramatically increase your income and leads. But if you're used to working with conventional home buyers, diving into the world of investment real estate may feel overwhelming. In this guide, we walk you through the basics of investing and outline what agents need to know before working with investors to prepare you to embark on the journey to wealth.

How to Become a Landlord: Managing Rental Properties for Real Estate Investors

Renting out your property doesn't have to cause stress. Follow BiggerPockets' guide to being a fantastic landlord for a smooth renting experience.

Purchasing your first rental property is just the beginning of your real estate journey. For BRRRR and buy-and-hold investors, being a good landlord is almost as important as making good deals. From prepping your properties to landing a tenant and handling rent, BiggerPockets' guide to becoming a successful landlord will help real estate investors create a profitable, conflict-free business. Inside, learn how to price your rentals, screen tenants, and handle legal concerns. We walk you through the stressful parts of landlording, too—from managing evictions to handling tenant-on-tenant harassment.

Recession Prep 101: Investing in Real Estate During a Financial Crisis

The business cycle acts like a wave: Every economic expansion is followed by a downturn.

Smart investors need to know how to safely manage their real estate investment strategy during financial recessions. This guide will walk you through the potential outcomes of the 2020 coronavirus crisis—and show how smart investment decisions will help you weather the storm. Learn how to protect and expand your portfolio by following our guide to recession-proof real estate strategies, available exclusively to BiggerPockets users.

Landlord Emergency Preparedness 101: What Real Estate Investors Should Do Before Disaster Strikes

Landlords need an emergency and disaster preparedness plan to keep them and their tenants safe.

Emergencies and disasters can test your skills as a landlord. Make sure you and your tenants are prepared by following this guide to landlord emergency preparedness, written by a pilot and Houston landlord who’s faced a number of true emergencies. Learn how to prepare for an emergency, what to do afterwards, and how to help both you and your tenants heal and prosper.

How to Flip Houses: The Ultimate Guide

A Fix-and-Flip can be an incredible way to make BIG profits fast. But the risks can often turn a dream into a nightmare.

House flipping can be an incredible way to grow wealth fast – but there are dangers. Learn how to flip houses for fun and profit in this exhaustive guide. You'll learn how to find great deals, run the math to make sure the profit is there, learn insider tips for managing contractors, and so much more.

How to Buy a Duplex: The Ultimate Step by Step Guide

A duplex can be a great first investment... if you can buy it right.

Many real estate investors begin their journey with the purchase of a duplex, triplex, or fourplex. In this ultimate guide, you'll learn how to find great deals on these small multifamily properties, how to arrange financing (even when you have no cash) and how to manage them into an amazing cash flow machine.

Tenant Screening: The Ultimate Guide

Being a landlord isn't hard - when you have the right tenant.

Tenant screening is one of the smartest steps you can take towards making your property management experience as headache-free as possible — and protecting your investments. This book will walk you through the exact step by step process needed to filter out the duds and find the best tenant for your property.