BiggerPockets Members, You’ll Want to Read This

by | BiggerPockets.com

Hey, BiggerPockets Nation!

It’s Josh, Founder and CEO of BiggerPockets.

I’ve got some really exciting news to share with folks, as well as some important changes that are happening.

But for those skimmers:

TLDR: We’re restructuring how our membership plans work across BiggerPockets, and new account pricing will be going up—BUT if you are an existing paid member, nothing different will change for you except you get cooler stuff for the same price. You are grandfathered into the old plans and old pricing! And we’re giving you a week’s heads up so you can upgrade before the restructuring.

The past few months, we’ve been hard at work at a few REALLY neat features on BiggerPockets that will help you connect better, learn more, and achieve financial freedom even faster. We’ll be rolling these new features out over the next several months (and some have already been launched, such as the brand-new “Rehab Estimation Calculator,” which is going to help a LOT of people), so keep an eye out.

Really Good News for YOU (Seriously)

On Wednesday, November 15th, BiggerPockets is doing something we haven’t done in a while: We are changing our prices to better fit the new features.

However, here’s the good news for you:

  1. If you are an existing Pro or Plus member, you’ll be grandfathered in. This means nothing will change in your price. It’s locked in FOR LIFE! (‘Cause we love you guys!)
  2. If you are NOT yet an existing Pro or Plus member, we’re giving you a week’s “heads up” notice about it so you can lock in the lower price, FOR LIFE! (‘Cause we love you guys, too.)

Most of our community will be unaffected; anyone who upgrades their account before Wednesday, November 15th OR is currently a Plus or Pro member will be grandfathered into the old prices and will continue to have access to all the features they’ve always had access to.

What’s Changing?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Pro monthly subscription is currently $29 and changing to $39
  • Pro annual subscription is currently $290 and changing to $390
  • Plus monthly subscription is currently $9 and changing to $19
  • Plus annual subscription is currently $90 and changing to $190

Why Are We Changing Prices?

This year has been busy for BiggerPockets. Not only have we seen huge growth in the usage of the platform, but we also have been busy at work updating the site.

As we have made changes, it has become very clear that our members are on BiggerPockets to learn, to network, and to invest. So, we thought, why not make our subscription options match the intentions of our community? This means changing access to features and providing more tools for investors to use.

Basic Plan Changes

Nothing. Absolutely nothing! We are dedicated to giving access to our best in class content for free. If you have a Basic account, now would be a good time to consider upgrading at a low price, otherwise continue using the plan at no cost to you.

The Basic plan has always been a free way to meet new and experienced investor alike, as it provides the essentials for getting started in real estate. If the purpose of your account is to learn about real estate investing, you have 100% free access to the blog and its thousands of blog posts from experienced investors. If the purpose of your account is to start talking with investors, you can private message and search for members using keywords. You can also dip your toes into investing by accessing the calculators, up to 5 times, to understand how to use them, and attend weekly webinars. All this access is free!

Plus Plan Changes

As you can see in the image above, the Plus plan is undergoing the most changes. We are committed to making this THE plan for those of you who want to primarily network on our site. We will accomplish this by limiting access to the calculators in exchange for more ways to meet other BiggerPockets members through advanced search options such as searching by name, member type, keywords, company, and more. We are cutting back on access to the Marketplace, a location on our site not highly trafficked by members looking to meet other members. In exchange, we will provide profile and blog analytics, previously only available to Pro members.

We will continue to add features to the Plus plan in 2018 as we focus on improving our dashboard and profile creation experience. The goal is to make meeting experienced investors, real estate agents, lenders, inspectors, etc. easier than ever!

Pro Plan Changes

Our Pro plan has always been the plan we encourage active investors to select and use. It’s the best way to find deals in the Marketplace and access the calculators to help prevent real estate investing mishaps. Pro is the only plan that gives you access to all the webinar replays, so you can continue to let Brandon Turner & others make investing mistakes so you don’t have to ;), it’s also the only plan that allows you to highlight your work as an investor through a profile video. The main change? Pro will exclusively offer unlimited access to all our calculators!  If you are serious about real estate investing, the Pro plan is your best friend.

In 2018, you can expect new features as we spend more time improving our network and other tools for investors. Our goal is to update the plan so you can network like a Plus member and invest like a Pro!

Now What?

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your account, there has never been a better time than now!

You can upgrade at the current prices through Wednesday, November 15th and be grandfathered into the old prices and access to features. An annual subscription will get you 15% off current prices and then save you $100 each subsequent year after the prices increase!

If you have comments, questions, or concerns, please reach out to us at [email protected]. The support team will be able to address and assist any concerns regarding the grandfathering in of plans and pricing through the end of November.

Thank you for being a member of our growing community! We wouldn’t be the best in class real estate education site without you!

Joshua Dorkin

Founder and CEO

About Author

Joshua Dorkin

Joshua Dorkin (@jrdorkin, Google+) founded BiggerPockets.com when he saw a need for free, trustworthy information about real estate investing online. Over the past 12 years, Josh has grown the site from self-funded hobby to full-time job and passion. Today, BiggerPockets brings together over 850,000 members, housing the world’s largest library of real estate content, iTunes’ #1 real estate podcast, and an array of analysis tools, all geared toward helping users succeed.

102 Comments

    • Brandon Turner

      Hey Robert, You’ll definitely be locked into the old pricing, so don’t worry about your rate going up. 🙂 Additionally, (and we probably should have said a bit more in the post) – we’re actually adding some neat functionality to the Plus membership, so you’ll get those too. It’s just future Plus subscribers who will be affected, for those who don’t upgrade by next week.
      Hope that explains some!

    • Brandon Turner

      Thanks Kelly!

      Yes, we are big believers that users of BP come in all different phases of their investments. Those just looking to learn will always get free education. But for those looking to rock those calculators (including the new Rehab Estimation Calc… which I’m obsessed with!) or get some really in-depth networking superpowers, we’ve got the paid plans too!

      Enjoy your new membership!

  1. Seems very greedy to me by almost doubling the Plus membership! Do you really think Plus members want access to the marketplace striped away! Maybe instead of guessing what services are important to the different membership classes you should have just ask your members. I’m a Plus member and the only reason is because I wanted access to the marketplace where so far I haven’t seen anything that resembles a deal. I will not be upgrading or renewing my membership! If McDonald’s, amazon, or Walmart doubled there prices they would go out business. Don’t price gouge me and tell me it’s for my benefit….

  2. Peter Raber

    As a Plus member I signed up for a year expecting full access to the calculators, Now your going to take that away and charge more. Now to get the full access to calculators you are charging over 400% more seems like Bigger Pockets may be getting a little to Big for it’s Britches.

  3. Amy Roberts

    I wish you would have a couples/partners pro membership. My hubby is paying for pro and I have free – seems silly that we are biz partners and married and yet I have to ask him to run deals …. or that we would have to pay twice for each of us to have pro access….

    • Jordan Schoner

      My wife and I are in the same boat. I have always thought it was kinda pointless for her to even have an account at all because of what you are talking about. Hopefully, they can fix it one day so there can be more people helping people on BP.

      • Brandon Turner

        Hey guys – we’ve actually been talking about this for a little while now. We’d love to do it – it makes perfect sense. But it’s just been tough to figure out how to implement. Do we require marriage certificates? What about those who are civil unions? Partners? business partners? friends? It gets a little sticky but we’re definitely trying to make something like this work. Thanks ya’ll! 🙂

        • Scott Schreiber

          I think you’re on to something re: the different ways to implement. Why not just require one form of proof of relationship? If it’s a married couple, a copy of the certificate; Business partners, copy of their Operating Agreement/Articles of Incorporation/whatever it is; Friends: Either incorporate and draw up an OA (which you should be doing anyways, most likely), or you don’t get the benefit.

    • Brandon Turner

      Correct! However, Plus currently doesn’t get the “brandable PDFs” with the Calculators, so if that is something you’d eventually want, I’d jump into Pro before the increase. Putting your logo on top of a PDF report is a nice way to show you are professional to lenders, partners, etc.

  4. Christopher shawn eady

    People instead of complaining! Think they have to make a profit too! No where does it says non profit! If gate the price increase! Than keep your tenants at the same rate forever! As I increase my tenants rent! And it’s been a long time since they had a increase! Plus more features means more work for bigger pockets! U cheap slum lords! Lol

  5. Connor Maloney

    Come on all of you cheapo’s! ? This price is still pennies on the dollar compared to the amount of value BiggerPockets can add to your real estate investing career, not to mention all of the amazing connections and relationships it will help you develop!

    • Mindy Jensen

      Thanks for the support, Connor!
      Our basic membership is and always will be free. You’ll always be able to find the information you need, and network with our members.
      For those who want more time with the calculators or more in-depth networking capabilities, we’ve got you covered there, too.
      And this is a heads up that the price is increasing next week. You can STILL get in on today’s pricing by upgrading before November 15.

  6. Jose Perez

    This post didn’t really highlight any of the new changes to the pro membership. Are you guys trying to keep it a secret till the new changes start releasing? Or is it a bunch of mumbo jumbo to be able to some what justify the price? Updating/cleaning up the website’s css/html is hardly an update.

    With that said, regardless of being grandfathered in or not… I would pay my pro membership fee 🙂 (but I’m glad I’m grandfathered in lol)

  7. Sam Lucio

    Not very happy about the changes to plus members calculators. It’s the only reasons I joined and started paying. I don’t use too many other functions other than to run deals. Seems like a step in the wrong direction…

  8. Marshall Hooper

    For those complaining about the calculators, why can’t you just build your own? It’s very basic stuff. You should all be tracking your business’ via Excel anyways. You could probably pay a high school kid $100 and give them your credentials and they could replicate what the calculators are doing in about 2 hours.

  9. Christopher shawn eady

    Wow! Go to classes and seminars and your going pay thousands of dollars! So don’t go , pro and see what u will lose by not upgrading .u can’t afford not to! Plus people want more upgrades than wait till next year and might go up even more! Hence why property Mgmt companies like the tenants better than the whining and penny pinching owners! Give me a break!

  10. Tim Sabo

    WOW!

    That’s an increase…imagine jumping a tenant’s rent that much? Can you say, “Ouch!”

    Yes, its tax deductible, and yes there is some good stuff here. But this price hike for future BPers will slow growth; kind of like pushing up mortgage rates-KNOW the sales will slow.

    Well, I’ll let others add their two cents. All I can say is…

    WOW!

  11. Daniel F. Harb

    Hello Josh Dorkin, Mindy Jensen, Brandon Turner, Scott Trench, and all the staff at BiggerPockets,

    I am 4 plus weeks new to BP and wanted to say “Thank You” for all of your hard work. I have been a Plus member for a week, and I will be going Pro before the increase on the 15th. I realize the goldmine of information on your site, and in-between patients and before & after work at the hospital, I can’t wait to get on BP to soak up all the incredible and expert information I find there!

    The value we receive from going “Pro” on BP: Priceless…

    Thanks for listening and “Best of Investing”!

    Daniel F. Harb, ARRT,RT(R)

  12. Heather Roller

    Question – after many of your webinars you offer a 20% discount code off a pro membership. It looks like you have a webinar scheduled for next Wednesday. Does this mean I should wait until after the webinar for a 20% discount code off the old prices or will you have already made the change at that point? Thanks.

  13. Senthil N.

    Pasting back the Plus feature: “Bigger Pockets helps network with meeting experienced investors, real estate agents, lenders, inspectors, etc. easier than ever!” So what I can easily find on yelp I would rather find on BP? And BP is a better source of inspectors for example? Hmmmm …. Thanks to BP I can now easily find vendors who are craving my attention.

    And sure why not pay for calculators that you can find online on other sites? If you even need them in the 1st place.

    Perhaps it’s time to create another RE investment blog website that is actually free.

    • Tim Sabo

      You hit the nail on the head my friend. Ask yourself this question: am I looking for a library or a bar? Are you looking to do research and share knowledge, or are you looking to connect with others and grow your network?

      For me, I’m here for the articles which are plentiful. I have more than adequate social resources although occasionally i have met other locals through BP. In other words, if you want to validate your own data and share and learn from others, BP is a great site to do that for free. If you want to connect, and grow your real estate network socially, BP is a great place to PAY for that. In either case, BP has a lot to offer; simply decide which need BP fills and go with that plan.

      • Christopher shawn eady

        U people want more benefits for the same price! So no one makes a profit and bp never grows and makes better upgrades! I say take all calculators and not give the people free anything but to view and no use of anything on bp! That way people can be mad now they can’t get any resources! Lol

  14. Monica Litster

    Rats, I was totally planning on upgrading as a part of the webinar on Wednesday.I have been planning to upgrade for a while, and have a house closing today, and was really hoping I’d be able to use the code and get the discount. Can I still use last week’s code? Please? 🙂

  15. Ryan Dossey

    Lol. Great move Josh/Brandon and the team. Fully believe you guys should be monetizing the snot out of all of the hard work you’ve put in.

    BP has personally made me a ROI that is incalculably high.

    Keep up the great work guys.

  16. Clint Weir

    Have to agree that it’s not right to take back something that you’ve been paying for like limiting the number of uses on the calculators at the Plus level now. Why not just keep it the same? Guess I won’t be upgrading after all.

    • Mark Bruntz

      I think you’re doing a wonderful job Biggerpockets staff, keep up the good work. My only concern is the calculator uses for the plus membership.

      For the basic membership you get 5 calculator uses. Now if you pay $90 a year and you get to use the SAME calculator uses? That doesn’t seem reasonable for someone who would rather use the calculators more than having more ways to meet other BiggerPockets members through advanced search options.

      Have you thought about giving the plus members more calculator uses than the FREE users? If not whats stopping the calculator users from creating 1 account using 5 uses, then creating another account use 5 uses and so on…….

      Here is a thought. Set an amount of calculator uses per month for plus members and if they don’t use them they carry over to the next month and never expire. Buy only 5 uses per month when your paying $90. Seems a little low.

  17. Rochelle Ray

    If you take your business seriously and see the value of the education that BP gives, pay it. If not, don’t. Simple. Many people pay much, much more for what BP has offered for much less not to mention the ability to connect with so many others as a great resource on here. REI requires continuing education if you plan on making money. You can do this recreationally or yes, you can get education elsewhere but it won’t be as “real”, cheap or connect with so many others and get so much feedback. It’s your business but don’t gripe at @Brandon Turner just because you don’t see the value.

  18. Juan Jimenez

    I signed up to Plus membership, but when I try to use the calculators, it says that I have used 3 of my 5 free uses. I was under the impression if I signed up prior to the 15th, I would have unlimited access to the calculators.

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