My Top 10 BiggerPockets Podcast Episodes (with Number of Listens)

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Holy schnikes! (Yes, I just said “schnikes.”)

The BiggerPockets Podcast has just surpassed the quarter-millennium mark—in terms of number of podcast episodes, that is. That’s 250 podcasts! With each one an average of one hour and 15 minutes, that’s 300+ hours of podcast listening, or over 12 days straight of content. With a new one coming out each week, it will likely to take at least a year to catch up.

Since most people will not take the year-long commitment to listen to every one (though I advise it), I am going to help you out. Since I am the keeper of all of the podcast data and have listened to every single one, I figured it would be nice to share my top 10.

Note that this is NOT just a top 10 in terms of listens. It is my subjective opinion, which just so happens to have significant overlap with the top 10 in terms of listens. However, I will warn you that there are some in the unbiased top 10 that did not make my top 10. For those, scroll to the bottom where I will present you with the top 10 in terms of listens.

So enough of my talking, let’s get into it.

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My Top 10 BiggerPockets Podcast Episodes (with Number of Listens)

1. Podcast #157: A Simple Morning Ritual to Dominate Every Area of Your Life with Hal Elrod // 226,329 listens

If you can’t already tell by this blog post here, this podcast has had the greatest impact on me. Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning, studies the morning routine of all high achievers and discovers a pattern. They all do at least two or three of the six SAVERS, which he describes in the episode. Doing all six creates the perfect morning routine, which I do every morning. It has changed my life.

2. Podcast #223: How to Become Set for Life Through House Hacking, Frugality, and Maximizing Your Income with Scott Trench // 391,252 listens

I promise Scott did not pay me to choose his podcast. It actually has the 3rd most views all time to prove its legitimacy. In this episode, Scott scrapes the surface of his book, Set for Life. He provides a guideline towards financial freedom through house hacking, frugality, and increasing your income. This is great for a Millennial or those just getting started on the journey.

3. Podcast #200: Step by Step to Buying Your First Real Estate Investment with Brandon Turner & Josh Dorkin // 405,103 listens

This podcast has the most views and rightfully so. If you’re even a little bit interested in investing in real estate, this is a must-listen. It goes through the step-by-step process of buying that first property.

Related: 4 Books to Help You Adopt the Entrepreneurial Mindset

4. Podcast #238: Becoming a Real Estate Millionaire on a Teacher’s Salary with Michael “Swanny” Swan // 391,392 listens

Michael Swan goes into how he invests in a very expensive market (San Diego) on just a teacher’s salary. He has used strategies such as liquidating his retirement to buy his first few deals, and he’s been able to “trade up” to acquire millions of dollars in real estate simply using his teacher pay. So, for all of you naysayers with medium to lower paying jobs who “can’t afford” to invest in real estate, there is a way—and this episode is for you.

5. Podcast #108: Building a $350M Real Estate Empire Using the 10x Rule with Grant Cardone // 389,706 listens

Grant Cardone reigned the most viewed list for quite some time. However, he was recently dethroned by Scott Trench and Michael Swan. Grant is one of the most motivational speakers I’ve encountered. In this episode, he talks about how most people don’t think large enough. By 10-Xing your goals, you are able to realize your full potential.

For example, if your goal is to acquire $10M of real estate, why not 10-X that goal and try to accomplish $100M? If you don’t achieve that $100M goal and only achieve $70M, you’re still 7x better off than if you were just to invest in $10M. Side note, this episode can get vulgar and is definitely NOT one of BiggerPockets’s G-rated podcast episodes. I’d suggest watching this while the kids are at school or baking cookies with grandma.

Grant Cardone was also on show #250. This was another good episode, but has not had the time to garner the views yet. I would suggest also listening to that one as well.

6. Podcast #196: LLCs, House Hacking, and Saving on Taxes with Brandon Hall // 311,108 listens

Taxes are the possibly one thing people are afraid of more than death. Just kidding—but seriously. Brandon Hall helps ease your frustrations and answers a ton of tax-related questions on this episode. He goes into house hacking, LLCs, S-Corps, bookkeeping, and so much more. He is also very easy to listen to, so putting this one in the top 10 was a no brainer.

BONUS: Linda Weygant on show #244 also does a GREAT job talking about taxes. I didn’t want to put two tax episodes in the top 10 so I decided to give you a bonus. She has not had the time to garner the views, as the episode is only a couple of months old. Linda, like Brandon, is extremely articulate. Plus, she’s funny and makes taxes sound easy.

7. Podcast #152: Building Wealth and Passive Income with Rental Properties with Ben Leybovich, Brian Burke, and Surge Shukhat // 246,355 listens

I LOVE this episode. Why? Because it’s got three very knowledgeable investors packed in to 1.5 hours of greatness. They all do very different things, and it’s great to hear their different perspectives on how they use rental properties to build wealth and passive income.

8. Podcast #11: The Ultimate Beginners Guide Podcast with Josh Dorkin & Brandon Turner // 333,706 listens

If you can’t tell, I really enjoy the episodes that ease the nerves and encourages the newbies to take action. This is one of those episodes. Josh and Brandon provide a very broad overview on how to get started in real estate and how people make money. Josh and Brandon walk you through the steps to take before getting started—choosing your strategy, ideas for finding properties, tips for getting financing and much more. There’s a lot of great information in here for the new investor.

9. Podcast #77: Negotiating Your Way to 1,000 Wholetail Real Estate Deals with Michael Quarles // 208,590 listens

One of the things I need to work on most is negotiation. Negotiating is uncomfortable. It feels like you are taking advantage of the other party, but that is not always the case. Michael Quarles discusses how he goes into negotiations and how he creates a win-win situation for both him and the party he is negotiating with. If negotiation is one of your weaknesses, this is a must-watch episode.

Related: 15 Ways to Get Back Up When the Entrepreneurial Life Knocks You Down

10. Podcast #245: Creating Wealth that Lasts Generations with Bestselling Author Ryan Holiday // 134,690 listens

Ryan Holiday is a boss. At 30 years old, he has written multiple books, including The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, and is creating wealth for his family that will last generations. Ryan and I have similar goals, which is why he rounds out my top 10.

This show scrapes the surface on a variety of topics that include hard money lending, vacation rentals, and writing books. It really got my wheels spinning on all of the different ways to increase my income to create long-term wealth. I feel like my wisdom points increased by ten-fold after listening to this episode. A must see!

The Top 10 BiggerPockets Podcast Episodes According to Listens

Now, I realize that my top 10 was subjective based on what I was looking for. For example, I am not interested in flipping properties so none of those episodes made it to my top 10. Because I do like to be objective, here is a list of the top 10 by listens.

Rank Show # Show Title Guest Listens
1 200 A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying Your First Real Estate Investment Brandon Turner & Josh Dorkin 405,103
2 238  Becoming a Real Estate Millionaire on a Teacher’s Salary Michael “Swanny” Swan 391,392
3 223  How to Become Set for Life Through House Hacking, Frugality, and Maximizing Your Income Scott Trench 391,252
4 108  Building a $350 Million Real Estate Empire Using the 10X Rule Grant Cardone 389,706
5 1 Building a Successful House Flipping Business and Losing Millions Marty Boardman 353,854
6 221  Buy and Hold Real Estate: What Works and What Doesn’t Tim Shiner 346,160
7 237  Partnerships & BRRRR Investing While Working Full-Time Ian Reeves 341,077
8 11  The Ultimate Beginner’s Podcast For Real Estate Investors Brandon Turner & Josh Dorkin 333,706
9 229  Early Retirement Through Short-Term Rental Properties Zeona McIntyre 327,761
10 196  LLCs, House Hacking, and Saving on Taxes Brandon Hall 311,108

Conclusion

Picking this top 10 was actually one of the hardest things I did this week. There are 250 episodes out there, and it felt nearly impossible to just pick 10. Still, these are my top 10. I understand that not everyone is going to agree with my top 10. That’s fine because I wrote this article. This is MY TOP 10.

[Editor’s Note: We are republishing this article to help out our newer readers.]

If you disagree, I’d like to hear what you think I missed in the comments section below.

Let us know which podcast episodes are your ride-or-die picks below!

About Author

Craig Curelop

After developing a huge love for real estate investing and personal finance, Craig decided to join the BiggerPockets team as a financial analyst. Over the past few years, he has looked at hundreds of financial models of startup companies. His experience will help BiggerPockets reach the next level as a startup company. Craig has a passion for helping others get out of their “comfort zones” to get what they want and achieve the “impossible.” In his spare time, Craig enjoys traveling, hiking, exercising, and sports of all kinds.

26 Comments

  1. Jody Broussard

    I’m in the middle of watching all the podcast. I’m on 125. So far the one that has caught my attention is 123. It’s with Justin Escajeda. Coming from substance abuse with all relationships gone, and to be where is was at that time is very impressive. Justin is very street wise, and can be an inspiration to a lot of us.
    Just my opinion so far.

  2. Lana Lee

    One of my favorites is Finding Your “Freedom Number” with Clayton Morris | BP Podcast 151. That episode shows why people, sometimes with good paying jobs start with real estate. It basically teaches us how to find your freedom number – the amount of money you need for comfortable living without your 9 to 5 job.

  3. Rachel N.

    I agree with a lot of these! My favorite has to be #238 with Michael “Swanny” Swan. But I also really like hearing from the women investors – Arianne Lemire (233), Natali Morris (165), Amanda Han (162) and Linda Weygant (244) have been inspiring to me since there are disproportionately fewer women in the game. If the Bigger Pockets staff are reading these comments, how about featuring more women?

    It’s also been fun to listen to podcasts about areas I know nothing about in order to hear why people love a particular niche – like mobile home parks and tax liens. Such great value in all of these!

  4. Justin Sumulong

    Thanks for putting this together Craig!

    You know what would be great as well is if there was a top 10 list for different types of investors. For example:
    J Scott’s Top 10 for Flippers
    Scott Trench’s Top 10 for Buy & Hold Investers
    Brandon Turner’s Top 10 for Mobile Home investors (wait…has this guy even bought a Mobile Home Park?!)
    and so on…

  5. yonah weiss

    Great list Craig! I wish I had more time to listen to all of them, so thanks for narrowing down the greats!
    I also loved Podcast 133: Scaling Your Business From Scratch to $50 Million in Assets with Jason Cohen. He goes through some great insights about financing, that I would have otherwise not been aware of.

  6. Michael Swan

    Thank you for including my podcast!! I love this stuff and had a great time with Brandon and Scott On episode 238!!

    Anyone out their that would like some advice or just bounce ideas off me, go to my profile and my direct go to phone number is listed there. It is my cell number and I always leave open Mon, Thurs, and Friday’s from 3:15-6:15 pm. PST to talk to BiggerPockets members. If you want no nonsense, straight from the hip advice, I won’t sugar coat anything.

    Take care everyone!! Financial freedom is right around the corner!! If a lowly paid parochial school teacher ca do this, anyone can!!

    Swanny

  7. Aaron Cater

    I love your guys’ work. I will go back and re-listen to a couple of those episodes. The only one I didnt like was your Tim Ferriss episode. He obviously knew nothing about real estate investing and was just podcast hopping to sell his new book.

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