BP Podcast 099: 3 Personal Finance Bloggers & Their First Real Estate Investment with Scott, Lauren, and Philip


Today on the BiggerPockets Podcast we’re excited to bring you another “newbie podcast” with 3 new real estate investors who are excited to share with you the story of their very first real estate deal!  This episode we are talking with three investors who share a common trait: they all have a deep understanding of personal finance and it’s role in the real estate investing space and write about it online!

Today you’ll hear from Scott Trench, Lauren Bowling, and Philip Taylor as they share how they found their first deal, financed it, manage it, and more. We cover everything from house hacking to creative finance, dealing with fear, and numerous other topics so, without further suspense, let’s get to the show!

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In This Show We Cover:

  • How to find deals in a hot marketBiggerPockets-Podcast-Cover 300 300
  • Finding and working with a great agent
  • Down payments: how much is really needed?
  • Three different “house hacking” methods (one from each guest!)
  • Using government programs to finance properties
  • Wrapping repairs into the loan and creating immediate equity
  • The one rule you need when renting to family or friends
  • How to thrive when your home is worth less than you paid for it
  • Doing your own work vs. hiring it out
  • How to cash flow your property and save on taxes at the same time
  • The #1 personal finance tip from each guest
  • Plus MUCH more!

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Thanks for checking out the BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing & Wealth Building Podcast. Hosts Joshua Dorkin & Brandon Turner strive to bring top-notch educational content and interviews to our listeners -- without the non-stop pitch prevalent around the industry. With over 80,000 listeners per show, the BiggerPockets Podcast has become the biggest real estate podcast in the world. But don’t take our word for it. We’re the top-rated and reviewed real estate show on iTunes — check it out, read the reviews on iTunes, and get busy listening and learning!


  1. Good podcast Josh/Brandon just an idea to increase advertising dollars or give your sponsors a bigger bang for their buck (which will hopefully result in money for you) you may want to look into a 15 or so second commercial in between the people you are interviewing.

  2. Dean Teter

    I just spent 17 hours on the rode and I was listening to pod casts the entire time (Thank you Josh & Brandon, I just wish I had a pen). I really enjoyed listening to this particular pod cast because as a newbie- hearing how people completed their first deal is nice to hear and learn from.

  3. Nelya mushiyeva

    Not all the contractors are bad. My husband is a contractor and he is the most honest contractor. The way his customers feel at ease is by him talking to them, walking them through the process and always meets the deadline. The only time he goes over the deadline is when his customers add more to his plate, in his case it is always the case.

    As for 203k loan, I wish I new of this program when I bought my home. We bought it at a good price, the place was livable but needed to be up to code. The house is close to 100 years old and had no updates. We end up spending 100k for our renovation.

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