BiggerPockets Podcast 316: How to Become a Millionaire Through Real Estate by 26 with Graham Stephan

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Interested in becoming a millionaire through real estate investing? Of course you are!

Today’s guest did just that—by age 26!

Brandon and David sit down with top-producing real estate agent and investor Graham Stephan as he spills the strategy he used to build massive wealth at such a young age. You won’t want to miss his “fortune formula,” including how he adds value to the deals he buys, how he saved money to invest without missing out on life’s experiences, and how he found work he loved to do so he could work hard while still feeling like he was on vacation.

Graham’s passion for real estate carried him to big success through investing, and he shares great advice for using YouTube to grow your brand. He also discusses how skipping college helped make him a millionaire and how he worked with his grandma to fund his first deal! 

Graham touches on why he feels the future of RE is in development, ways to “make, not just find,” deals in today’s market, what to watch out for with Airbnb, and how he bought a house before he even owned a credit card.

DON’T miss this powerful show from someone who made the most of his 20s to set himself up for future success. Download it today!

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In This Episode We Cover:

  • Started as listing agent in L.A. at age 18
  • Closing over 3 million dollars as a first deal that made him quit college
  • The plan he put in place
  • What he could’ve done better
  • What it’s like buying rental properties at a young age
  • Hack on managing properties
  • House hacking in LA
  • The Subway sandwich story
  • How Graham became a millionaire in real estate by 26
  • Why going to college would have set him back a decade
  • The Millionaire Formula
  • His current investments and future plans
  • Tips on landlording
  • And SO much more!

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Books Mentioned in this Show

Tweetable Topics:

  • “If people worth 10 million dollars are buying these properties, chances are this is something I should start paying attention to myself.” (Tweet This!)
  •  “You don’t have to deprive yourself to be successful, you just have to be smart about the things you chase.” (Tweet This!)
  • “Going to college for me would have set me back probably almost a decade.” (Tweet This!)
  • “For me, my work is my vacation.” (Tweet This!)
  • “Every year there’s a new opportunity out there.” (Tweet This!)
  • “Landlording is a skill.” (Tweet This!)
  • “If you pick up the phone, you are ahead of 80% of agents out there.” (Tweet This!)

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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 180,000 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 Comment

  1. Julie Marquez

    Great show! What a fantastic guy.
    I’m surprised you didn’t plug Bigger Pocket’s Set For Life book, Graham lived that so well with his subway sandwiches. What do you regularly eat these days?
    Also, what does it mean to be an agent that represents tenants? I’ve never heard of that before. Maybe it’s just not in my market?

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