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Escaping the rat race at 26 isn’t easy, but Isaac Lane, Arizona-based investor and rookie landlord, is doing it through out-of-state investing! Isaac started investing only a couple of years ago, but he’s been scaling quickly as he purchased five rentals in his first year of investing alone. Now, he balances his time between working his day job as an engineer for a commercial real estate firm and managing his properties that are multiple states away!Welcome back to another Rookie Reply, where Isaac is helping us answer some common property management questions. He gives advice on how to start investing out of state and where to begin building your real estate team. And for those who still haven’t done their first deal yet, Isaac talks about property management, maintenance requests, inherited tenants, smart devices, landlord insurance, and why you ALWAYS change your locks during a tenant turnover.If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).In This Episode We CoverHow to start escaping the rat race through real estate investing (even at a young age)Long-distance real estate investing and the team you need to succeed from afarHow property managers handle maintenance and why you should ask for pictures on every repairWhat to do when you inherit tenants and whether or not they should re-apply for your rentalLandlord vs. homeowners insurance and why tenants should always have a renter’s policyWhen to change locks on a unit and the big key-code mistake Tony made on his short-term rentalAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPockets ProReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPockets BootcampsBiggerPockets ForumsRentRediBuilduimAppfolioLandlordLocks Connect with Isaac:Isaac's BiggerPockets ProfileIsaac's InstagramCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-256Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Everyone wants to know how the rich avoid taxes. You hear about it on the news, “billionaire pays zero dollars in taxes this year,” or “this real estate tycoon made millions but gets a tax refund!” This can seem like blatant tax abuse for those not in the investing game. Why do some people get to pay no taxes while others are stuck with a sky-high return just for working their W2 job? The answer lies in the assets you invest in.Real estate investing is one of the most tax-advantaged assets around. As a real estate investor, you can almost automatically count on lower income taxes while making more money. Don’t believe us? We brought Amanda Han, CPA to top investors, on the show to explain how investors avoid taxes while still striking it rich in real estate. Amanda understands the ins and outs of the tax code, and as a real estate investor, she benefits from knowing real estate write-offs and deductions better than the rest!On today’s show, Amanda will walk through the top real estate tax deductions and how rookie real estate investors can start paying less in taxes. She’ll also explain real estate professional status (REPS) and using it to lower your taxable income and how to find the perfect tax advisor for you and your properties. If you want to start using the same strategies that the wealthy use to avoid taxes, this is the episode to tune into!In This Episode We CoverThe biggest real estate tax deductions and some that many investors often missDepreciation explained and how this paper loss can help you keep your passive incomeThe best tax strategies for investors trying to minimize their taxable W2 incomeHow to find the right tax advisor and what they MUST know about real estateTracking expenses and making it easy on yourself during tax timeLLCs for rental properties and whether you even need one in the first placeAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPockets ProReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupStessaQuickbooksBiggerPockets BookstoreREPStrackerGoogle SheetsMileIQZapierConnect with Amanda:Amanda's BiggerPockets ProfileAmanda's InstagramAmanda's WebsiteCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-255Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Need to know whether flipping vs. renting makes more sense for your market? Don’t know if you can put offers on multiple houses simultaneously? Itching to hear how your flipping profits will affect your financeability on your next property? We’ve got time-tested real estate experts here to help you out! As always, Ashley and Tony are here to host this week’s Rookie Reply, but we’re also joined by Jake Kain, Arizona investor and agent who left the W2 life to start building a rental property and live in flip empire!Jake lends a helping hand in answering this week’s questions but also shares his own story about following your fire, starting a community, and how to become the “quarterback” of any real estate meetup. He’s expanded his network at lightning speed, allowing him to grow his portfolio to five units, all while flipping his own primary residences along the way. Jake helps answer questions about making offers on multiple houses, flipping vs. renting, how your DTI (debt-to-income ratio) could be impacted when house flipping, and where to find general contractors who will show up on time!If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).In This Episode We CoverStarting your own real estate meetup and how it makes you the most popular person in the roomLeaving your nine-to-five to invest in real estate and becoming a real estate agentDebt-to-income ratios and whether or not selling a fixer-upper could help or hurt yoursThe art of making offers on multiple houses and what to do if they all acceptFlipping vs. renting and why different real estate markets require different strategiesHow to find contractors for home renovations and why the quickest workers are rarely the bestAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets BootcampAlpha Geek CapitalFacebook GroupsConnect with Jake:Jake's BiggerPockets ProfileJake's InstagramCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-254Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Personal finance is what most twenty-something-year-olds overlook. Why invest, save, or cut back spending when you finally have the money that a college degree or diploma promised you? For those who have just started working, spending all your hard-earned money on a bigger apartment, a nicer car, or a luxurious trip can be enticing. But, you could also be using your paychecks to multiply your wealth, set yourself up for financial freedom, and lock in early retirement while most are focused on barely paying their bills.This personal finance-first attitude is what Malia Gudenkauf adopted early on. After attending basic personal finance classes, she realized the disservice many young people did to themselves. So, Malia started developing financial literacy skills, from focusing on becoming debt-free to later investing in passive income streams like real estate. Thankfully, her sister, Grace (you can hear her episode here), was just starting as a landlord and needed a partner she later found in Malia.In this episode, Malia details everything you want to know to get your finances in order, how to avoid getting caught in analysis paralysis, reverse engineering your income goals when buying a rental property, and advice on how and who to form partnerships with. Whether in high school, college, the working world, or close to traditional retirement age, the advice Malia gives is crucial if you want to start your real estate investing journey.In This Episode We CoverBuilding a solid financial foundation and the basic personal finance steps anyone can followHow to “reverse engineer” your goals and buy the properties that fit them bestSmall multifamily investing and how to purchase multiple doors at onceReal estate partnerships and tips for finding a partner who will help you grow without causing your headachesReal estate vs. stocks and why the passivity of rental properties is often overstatedDefeating analysis paralysis and how leveraging partnerships gets you past rental property roadblocksAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPockets CalculatorBiggerPockets ProReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelThe BiggerPockets Money PodcastBiggerPockets ForumsUsing Calculated Risk to Acquire 17 Doors In Under a Year (at Age 24!) w/ Grace GudenkaufSemi-Retired at 30 Thanks to One Year’s Worth of Real Estate InvestingConnect with Malia:Malia's BiggerPockets ProfileMalia's InstagramMalia's TiktokMalia's WebsiteCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-253Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Buying your first rental property doesn’t need to be complicated. With some simple steps, you can go from onlooker to real estate investor, collecting passive cash flow every month! But you’ll never get going if you don’t know where to start. So to make 2023 your best year yet, David Greene, investor, agent, and host of the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast, sat down to walk through the eleven steps it takes to go from rookie to real estate investor.Real estate is NOT a “get rich quick” type of investment, but it can help you build wealth in a surprisingly short amount of time. Just ask David, who spent years working overtime as a cop, slowly building up a real estate portfolio that eventually led him to financial freedom before most people buy their first house! In this episode, David will walk step-by-step through everything a real estate rookie must do to get their first rental property, how to analyze real estate deals once you find them, and how to repeat the system so your passive income stack grows bigger every year!Ready to become a real estate investing expert in 2023? Sign up for BiggerPockets Pro, where you can access real estate tools and calculators, rookie bootcamps, lease agreement packages for all fifty states, unlimited webinar replays, and exclusive videos. Start 2023 off right, and use code “NEWYEAR” at checkout for a special discount!In This Episode We CoverHow to buy your first rental property in 2023!How David went from almost giving up to financial freedom in only a few yearsHow to analyze a real estate deal in minutesThe eleven steps to success when starting in real estate investingHow to find real estate deals in ANY market using the LAPS funnelWhy so many people fall short of their new year’s resolutions and how you can succeed in 2023Using BiggerPockets Pro to get your first real estate deal even faster! And So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsBiggerPockets ForumsBPCon 2023BiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets BootcampsBiggerPockets InstagramBiggerPockets Rent EstimatorBiggerPockets Rental Property CalculatorBiggerPockets Podcast ShopBiggerPockets ProBiggerPockets Pro-Exclusive VideosReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelConnect with David:David's BiggerPockets ProfileDavid's InstagramCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-bonusInterested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Tenant not paying rent? Debating whether a year-long, six-month, or month-to-month lease is best? Don’t know how to estimate rent for a new unit? On this week’s Rookie Reply, we’re tackling some of the most troublesome yet common questions that rookie real estate investors have. We’ll be going deep into property management, tenant screening, and what to do when a tenant stops paying. So fret not when investing; there’s always a way to make a win-win!This time around, we’re joined by Alexandra Burnham, live for Phoenix! Alexandra is like many real estate investors, except for one big difference. Alexandra and her partner share over $750,000 of student debt! Talk about a hole in your pocket! But, instead of letting the naysayers convince her that she can’t invest with her debt, Alexandra has flipped the situation on its head, buying five rental properties and tackling her debt faster thanks to multiple income streams. Stick around for her full story and the phenomenal advice she gives to get your property locked up and leased!If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).In This Episode We CoverPaying off massive student loans thanks to real estate investingWhat to do when a tenant stops paying rent (and the options you have)Whether or not to lower your rent price when a unit is sitting vacantWhy even high-earners MUST have a side-income stream to stop constant burnoutSix-month vs. month-to-month leases and why flexibility can be favorable for landlordsWhat is a healthy ROI (return on investment) for a short-term rental property?And So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupThe Real Estate PodcastBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets Rent EstimatorBiggerPockets Lease Agreement PackagesConnect with Alexandra:Alexandra's InstagramAlexandra's FacebookCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-252Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Becoming a real estate investor isn’t complex. Find a property, buy the property, and rent it out. While this formula may be easy to write down, putting it into practice is much more complicated. This is why many wannabe investors never make the jump to buy their first investment property. But, with the right advice, mentorship, and mindset, anyone can become a passive-income generating real estate investor, with a path laid for financial freedom and early retirement.Today, Ashley and Tony combine their real estate knowledge to help three investors buy their first or next rental property. First, we talk to Brandon, a future house hacker who struggled to buy a home last year and is now looking for his first primary residence that can help subsidize his mortgage. Next, we speak with Lawrence, an investor who bought two rental properties within six months but wants to expand quicker with the help of creative financing. Finally, Melanie joins us to discuss her plans for a short-term rental property, but she still doesn’t know the best place to buy.If you’re finding the 2023 housing market a tough nut to crack but know that you want to invest in real estate, this is the episode for you. We’ll follow along with our three mentees over the next ninety days as Ashley and Tony give strategic advice on what they should do next to get a profitable rental property under contract. So follow along, and you too could get your next property in ninety days (or less!).In This Episode We CoverHigh interest rates and how more expensive mortgages have caused many investors to pauseBuilding your “buy box” and how to come up with your exact rental property criteriaCreative financing and how to buy a bigger rental property even if you don’t have the money for itGenerational wealth and using real estate investing to put your family in a better positionShort-term rental markets and how to analyze a vacation rental from afarWhat to do when inflated rental property data isn’t adding up to today’s ratesFinding financial freedom and leaving your W2 desk job behindAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramAirbnbAirDNABiggerPockets CalculatorBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets ProInveloMLSReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupRookie Reply: Creative Financing 101 with No Cash, Credit, or CredentialsCreative Financing: 2022’s Antidote to High Interest Rates300 Doors, 100% Creative Financing with Pace MorbyConnect with Brandon, Lawrence and Melanie:Brandon's BiggerPockets ProfileBrandon's InstagramLawrence's BiggerPockets ProfileLawrence's InstagramMelanie's BiggerPockets ProfileMelanie's LinkedInCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-251Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The real estate market is changing, especially in high-appreciation cities like Phoenix, Arizona. This week, Ashley and Tony made the journey to the Valley of the Sun to visit real estate rookies for a live podcast recording. But it wasn’t just the rookies coming out; expert investors like Jamil Damji and Pace Morby also swung around to answer questions about creative financing, the 2023 housing market, multifamily investing, and more. They give some killer insight that only off-market masters know, and their input could help you score better deals over the next year.As always with a Rookie Reply, we also take questions from the Real Estate Rookie Facebook group, the Rookie Request Line, and Instagram to see what’s on investors’ minds. This time, we’ve got questions on how real estate wholesaling works, the best way to reject an agent or lender (without burning bridges), the true cost of owning a rental property, and the risks and rewards of using a dual real estate agent. This episode comes packed with rental property gold, so stick around!If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).In This Episode We CoverCreative financing strategies in 2023 and how investors are starting to take advantageHow to find a real estate investing partner that will grow your business fasterThe safest way to invest in multifamily real estate (without using your own money)The best place to find real estate and housing market data (check out On the Market)Costs that go into owning a rental property and what many rookies overlookThe dangers and benefits of using a dual agent on your next real estate dealHow real estate wholesaling works and the two ways to close a wholesale dealAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupAirbnbDave Meyer's InstagramBiggerPockets Rental Property CalculatorOn The Market Podcast5 Tools To Unlock Your “Ideal Life” w/ “Traction” Author Gino WickmanLandWatchPrivyZillowCrexiConnect with Pace & Jamil:Jamil's BiggerPockets ProfilePace's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-250Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
You want to start a real estate business. The cash flow is calling, and whether you’re looking to build passive income, escape the nine-to-five grind, or set yourself up for early retirement, rental property investing is a smart move to make. But, most real estate investors get it all wrong when building their rental property portfolios. They focus on scaling as fast as possible without building the systems to support a thriving business, leaving them burnt out and tired of the real estate game within only a few years.Successful real estate investors like Ashley and Tony know that the key to building an unstoppable, profitable, and enjoyable real estate business is simple. To scale, you need to track, budget, outsource, and minimize the time it takes you to bring home the same amount of bacon every day. Of course, this is easier said than done, and many investors go through a lengthy process of trial and error to get there. But you don’t have to. On today’s show, Ashley will walk through the exact things you need to start, scale, and grow a real estate business.You’ll learn how to track time so you can spend less of your day working, the two most important financial statements you need, budgeting for a business, outsourcing tasks, taking advantage of software, and the apps Ashley and Tony use every day. Want to know more about building a passive-income-generating real estate portfolio? Check out Ashley’s new book Real Estate Rookie: 90 Days To Your First Investment!In This Episode We CoverThe step-by-step process to start investing in real estate (even if you have NO experience)Why tracking your time is crucial if you want to grow and scale your real estate businessThe two most important financial statements every investor MUST knowBudgeting for a rental property and how much to keep in emergency reserves for your propertiesSeparating finances and why every investor needs different bank accounts, credit cards, and moreOutsourcing repeatable tasks and the tradeoff when hiring virtual workersThe best real estate software and apps you should try todayAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentAirbnbAppFolioAsanaAvailBiggerPocketsBiggerPockets BookstoreBiggerPockets BootcampsBiggerPockets CalculatorBiggerPockets ProBuildiumGoogle VoiceGoogle TasksGuestyHospitableHostfullyInveloJamil Damji's InstagramLoomMileIqMonday.comOwnerRezOn The Market PodcastPersonal CapitalPropstreamPunch Lists AppQuickbooksReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupRentRediStessaTime by QuickbooksConnect with Ashley and Tony:Ashley's InstagramAshley's BiggerPockets ProfileTony's InstagramTony's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-249Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Do you need an LLC for rental property investing? Ask some investors, and they’ll hit back with a resounding “of course!” But ask another group of investors, and they’ll tell you “not at all!” This duality causes many rookie investors to become confused, not knowing when to protect their property with the limits that come with an LLC. So how are millionaire investors setting up their properties and partnerships? Or, more specifically, what are Ashley and Tony doing to protect themselves?Welcome back to this week’s Rookie Reply! We’ve got some great questions queued up for our cabin and campground co-hosts, Ashley and Tony, to answer! First, we take a question about what to ask a seller during a final walkthrough, and how talking to tenants may be worth the extra time. Then, we hint at when to ask a listing agent for financials on a commercial property, the great LLC vs. umbrella insurance debate, and finally how to buy an investment property when you’re strapped for cash!If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).In This Episode We CoverWhat to do during a final property walkthrough and top questions to ask a seller before you closeEstoppel agreements and using them to verify leases on tricky propertiesRental property LLCs and when buying umbrella insurance makes more senseWhen to ask for financials on a commercial property and using them to vet a dealStock portfolio loans and how to borrow against your assets to buy real estatePartnering up to purchase more property even when you have no cashAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie YouTube channelReal Estate Rookie PodcastConnect with Ashley And Tony:Ashley's InstagramAshley's BiggerPockets ProfileTony's InstagramTony's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-248Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Low mortgage rates, sneaky homebuying strategies, and getting into (and out of) debt, Lindsey Iskierka's story has it all. As the lead real estate agent on the SoCal David Greene team, Lindsey is in the thick of real estate day in and day out. But she’s not just helping others buy and sell homes, she also boasts a respectable rental property portfolio, with four units sprawled out across the states in three completely different markets. And even though Lindsey is in the real estate game now, it wasn’t always this way.Back in 2015, Lindsey wasn’t making much after getting her grad degree. With her husband interested in real estate, they decided to go to a seminar, which later turned into a $40K debt they had to climb their way out of. Lindsey decided to get her real estate license to not only help pay off this debt but save enough to buy their first home—a house hack in Long Beach. It didn’t take long for the home to appreciate, leaving Lindsey and her husband with a hard choice—sell or refi the property.We won’t spoil the story, but her choice allowed her to buy multiple other units across the country, which has now become a portfolio of short-term and medium-term rentals. Lindsey also gives some killer advice on how first-time homebuyers and investors can snag rock-bottom mortgage rates in 2023. We’re talking two percent lower than today’s rate! If you want to hear how you can lock in a rate below five percent, we suggest you stick around!In This Episode We CoverAre real estate courses ever worth it, and how much they actually costThe new 2-1 buydown mortgage that'll get you a much lower interest rateGetting past your “worst-case scenario” and how doing so can help you build much biggerThe 1031 exchange explained and using it to multiply your rental property portfolioLong-distance real estate investing and why turnkey rentals may be a better choiceThe VASH program investors can use to help veterans who need housingWhy buying at today’s rates and prices can “only get better” as you holdAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPocketsThe Real Estate PodcastBiggerPockets EventsBiggerPockets InstagramThe Real Estate Rookie PodcastGoBundance WomenPriceLabsGuestyAirbnbThe One BrokerageDavid Greene's Website Connect with Lindsey:Lindsey's BiggerPockets ProfileLindsey's InstagramCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-247Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
What makes a great real estate market? If you’re a new investor, you might think that high rents and cheap home prices are all that matter, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Experienced investors search for more than just surface-level pricing when looking into where is worth investing. This is doubly true when you’re investing in short-term rentals and medium-term rentals—both of which require a specific area to succeed. So what would Ashley and Tony look for when scouting a new real estate market?Happy Holidays and welcome back to another Rookie Reply! We hope you’ve got your presents wrapped and are ready for the greatest gift of all—Ashley Kehr’s singing voice…and some advice on real estate. This time around we’ve got a few technical questions that rookies may have trouble answering. These topics range from how to find the zoning on a rental property, whether to furnish your rental when renting by the room, when to hire an attorney for a real estate deal, and what makes the best real estate investing area!If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).In This Episode We CoverWhether or not furnishing a room when house hacking is worth the costWhere to locate your property’s zoning and how to see what counts as “allowable use”How to find out what your town is planning on developing/building so you know where to buyThe three signs of a fantastic rental property investing marketWhen it makes sense to hire a buyer’s attorney, and which deals require itWhat it means when a home is owned by the Chamber of CommissionersAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie YouTube channelKara Beckmann’s New Christmas AlbumTony’s Short-Term Rental Shopping ListFacebook GroupsBiggerPocketsConnect with Ashley And Tony:Ashley's InstagramAshley's BiggerPockets ProfileTony's InstagramTony's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-246Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
How far can you go? What are your “limits” in life? For most people, it’s easy to get discouraged by everyday barriers, but for today’s guest, not letting limits define him is what led to a brighter future. Tony Clark, today’s guest, identified and assessed his limits to determine his starting point. And now, he has three rental units, including a duplex in Nashville and a house in California.Tony’s real estate investing journey started when he realized how expensive life is. After college, he worked at a church making decent money, but after dating his now wife, he realized that wasn’t enough to support a family. He turned to real estate to escape the grind and ensure he wouldn’t have to work crazy hours to live the life of his dreams. Once he recognized that he needed to buy an asset someone would want, he bought a transit van to rent out. From this purchase alone, he started his journey to pursue passive income.From his experience with the transit van, he transitioned to real estate seamlessly. After identifying his limiting factors, he settled on Nashville—where he could enjoy living and where the numbers made sense. He’s also been able to build a team and even start a property management company. Tony is now much closer to his ultimate goal of buying better properties with great tenants, spending less time working and more time building his empire!In This Episode We CoverWhy owning appreciating, cash-flowing assets is the true path to wealth How to cut your expenses, live for cheap, and invest the restUtilizing the assets you own to save money, work less, and make money simultaneouslyLimiting factors and how understanding your limits can make you a better investor How to set your buying criteria, and how to find investments that fit your goalsSelf-managing and what you need to run your own property management businessAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPocketsMLSRentRediZillowBiggerPockets ProThe Real Estate PodcastDoorDashTuroOutdoorsyHemlaneShowamiConnect with Tony:Tony's InstagramTony's BiggerPockets ProfileTony's TiktokCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-245Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Need to know how to estimate rehab costs, even if you’re investing out of state? For most investors, it seems almost impossible to do a full-scale renovation while living hundreds, or thousands, of miles away. But, many time-tested investors have done it (including Tony), and you can too, but you’ll need to know who to go to and what to ask before you start. Or, you could bite off way more than you can chew, and risk losing your rental as a result.Happy Saturday, rookies! We’re back with another Rookie Reply, where your snowed-in on her birthday host, Ashley Kehr, and Tony J. Robinson are here to answer questions directly from the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group and the Rookie Request Line. In this episode, Ashley and Tony share their best tips on estimating rehab costs, how to structure a partnership when someone brings money and the other brings effort, separating your rental property finances, and how to find a rock-solid CPA before tax time!If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).In This Episode We CoverThe easiest way to estimate rehab costs even if you’re investing from out of stateHow to split expenses on a rental property and which different bank accounts to haveBusiness credit cards and how to make bookkeeping much easier for yourselfWhy expert investors ALWAYS buffer in more money for unexpected rehab costsHow to split roles, responsibilities, and profits in a real estate partnership What to look for in a real estate CPA and questions they MUST be able to answerAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupQuickBooksStessaMLSLowe's Home ImprovementThe Home DepotFrom Line Cook to Long-Term Investor with 32 Wholesale DealsBiggerPockets BootcampsBiggerPockets ForumsReal Estate Rookie YouTube channelConnect with Ashley And Tony:Ashley's InstagramAshley's BiggerPockets ProfileTony's InstagramTony's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-244Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Building a short-term rental business is surprisingly simple. You buy a property, furnish it, then throw up some pictures of it onto booking sites like Airbnb and VRBO. After a few weeks, a booking comes in, and from there you’re in the game! This is all great until a poor review comes in, sending your listing to the bottom of the pile and your profit with it. Through no fault of your own, your income stream just got cut off, and now you have a mortgage to pay without a calendar full of bookings.For many hosts, this type of scenario seems like game over for investing. But for Mark Simpson, it’s the start of something even better. Mark grew up in hospitality, marketing his family’s bed and breakfast nestled in the British countryside. His family was frantically cleaning, cooking, and booking with spreadsheets and no system to streamline their business. This ongoing problem led Mark to build Boostly, the software allowing hosts to take their bookings into their own hands.Mark has helped numerous short-term rentals bring in millions in direct bookings, helping hosts and guests minimize the amount spent on fees while maximizing their experience. So how do vacation rental hosts start doing direct bookings? What benefits come from leaving the big booking sites behind? And how can hosts regain autonomy so their business is never forced to stop? Mark answers these questions and more in today’s episode!In This Episode We CoverDirect booking sites explained and why they’re starting to rival online travel agenciesHow bad reviews and unfair algorithm updates can destroy your listing overnightConverting guests from the big sites into direct bookings effortlesslyBuilding a direct booking brand so your short-term rentals become more than just another vacation propertyWhy online travel agencies may start charging hosts to get higher rankings Pricing tools, online accreditation, and other things direct booking hosts need to surviveAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBoostly’s Property Management Software ListAirbnbVrboBooking.comExpedia GroupTripadvisorHospitableHostawayHostfullyGuesty For HostUplistingYourPorterOwnerRezStripeI-PRACAirCoverSuperhogAutoCampWhy Hosts Are Backing Away from Travel Sites and Building Direct BookingsDouble Your Cash Flow Overnight (In ANY Market) with Medium-Term RentalsHow Airbnb designs for trust | Joe GebbiaPriceLabsAirDNAWheelhouse PricingBeyond PricingStayfiMailChimpKorona POSConnect with Mark:Mark's InstagramMark's WebsiteCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-243Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Foreclosures have slowly been creeping up as real estate values get hit hard. With home prices dropping and a tough economic forecast ahead, could a wave of foreclosures be on the horizon? If so, who will this affect the most—residential real estate investors like Ashley and Tony or commercial real estate investors with their million-dollar multifamilies? We’ll get into what exactly could happen in this week’s Rookie Reply!Ashley and Tony have taken four very different questions this week, directly from real estate rookies like you! They touch on how an upcoming foreclosure crisis brings an opportunity to real estate investors, who covers closing costs and where to find a purchase and sale agreement, home appraisals explained, and how to get funding for your home renovation or rehab! These answers are crucial if you’re looking to invest in 2023, so make sure you tune in!If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).In This Episode We CoverCould flipping be in danger as interest rates rise and foreclosures start to increase?Where to find a purchase and sale agreement when buying an off-market dealWho pays closing costs and how to negotiate for better terms with a sellerHome appraisals explained and how to ensure the appraiser gives your home the highest value possibleFunding renovations for BRRRRs and flips, and creative ways to finance your dealsAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie PodcastBiggerPockets ForumsOn The Market PodcastLegaltemplates.netBiggerNews March: How a Surge of Foreclosures Will Impact the Housing Market w/Auction.com’s Daren BlomquistConnect with Ashley and Tony:Ashley's InstagramAshley's BiggerPockets ProfileTony's InstagramTony's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-242Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Hard work comes with everything, and real estate is no exception. To achieve success, you must be willing to work hard and continue to work hard even when things get rough. That means viewing mistakes as lessons and being resilient enough to power through whatever life throws at you. Today’s guest, Sahleem Lee, started his real estate journey and almost gave it up, but after a three-year hiatus, he has come back even stronger. Now he has thirty-two wholesale deals under his belt.Sahleem's real estate journey started with flipping cars and fast food. Sahleem worked as a line cook, but he always planned on moving up. His eye was on the general manager position until he got into car auctions. He began flipping cars, and his coworker saw his real estate potential. After a lot of convincing, they became business partners and split a deal fifty-fifty. Unfortunately, the deal went south, and after such a terrible experience, Sahleem decided to step away from real estate. He got bit by the real estate bug again three years later after stumbling on a YouTube channel about wholesaling and reading Rich Dad Poor Dad. From there, he decided to use real estate to pursue freedom and started to become a student all over again. Now, along with his wholesale deals, he has three long-term rentals and two and a half acres, where he plans to build twenty-two units with his business partner and mutual mentor.In This Episode We CoverThe importance of mindset and how to use it to overcome the roadblock of fear and analysis paralysis Mutual mentorship and how to add and extract value at the same timeLearning how to rehab with no experience and how to self-educateWholesaling and how to prepare for your first real estate wholesale dealSkip tracing and why it can be a helpful tool when trying to close on an off-market propertySahleem’s marketing tactics and how to use them to improve your lead generationAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelBiggerPocketsOn The MarketOfferUpCraigslistGoogle VoiceConnect with Sahleem:Sahleem’s InstagramSahleem’s FacebookSahleem's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-241Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Off-market real estate deals can give investors like you HUGE discounts on what would be expensive investment properties. Either due to the property condition or the state of the seller, these real estate deals sell for sometimes hundreds of thousands less than their on-market equivalents. But finding them can be a challenge. As a result, most new investors rely on real estate wholesalers to bring them a deal. But what if the price point still doesn’t make sense?Welcome back to another Rookie Reply, where we’re joined by real estate wholesaling master, Jamil Damji, and newly self-employed investor, Ethan Wilson. Jamil and Ethan both have a taste for off-market, underpriced deals and are here to share their wisdom with you. In this episode, you’ll hear how to negotiate with a wholesaler who’s firm on price, how to find off-market deals WITHOUT cold-calling sellers, and Jamil’s killer deal-finding strategy that costs far less than the competition!If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).In This Episode We CoverHow to negotiate with a real estate wholesaler even if they have a set purchase priceInvesting in your early twenties and why partnering up can help you scale fasterCold calling tips and why most investors are too scared to talk to sellersThe EASIEST, cheapest way to find off-market real estate dealsMeth house and mold remediation and why you should ALWAYS google a potential property’s addressAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie PodcastBiggerPockets ForumsOn The Market PodcastKeyGleeAstroFlippingBiggerPocketsOn The Market Youtube ChannelConnect with Ethan and Jamil:Ethan's InstagramEthan's BiggerPockets ProfileJamil's InstagramJamil's BiggerPockets ProfileJamil's Youtube ChannelCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-240Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Before the most well-known real estate moguls were moguls, they were rookie investors with a dream. While it took vision to get them to where they are today, they wouldn’t be successful without goals and a plan to achieve their goals. Tony and Ashley, two investing tycoons in their rights, use today’s episode to reflect on their goals from 2022 and start thinking about goals for 2023.One of the most important parts of goal setting is the plan to get your goals accomplished. A goal without a plan is just an unattainable dream, but with a plan, your dreams can become your reality. So how do you intentionally set a goal? You turn your goal into a SMART goal. SMART goals are more achievable since you measure them, and when you start seeing results, it encourages you to keep going and accomplish them.Goals give you something to work towards, but sometimes you don’t meet them, and that’s okay. The beautiful thing is that they can roll over. Missed your goal this year? Try again next year! Tony and Ashely both fell short on a few of their goals for 2022, but that didn’t discourage them. Develop a growth mindset, and a missed goal can turn into an opportunity. So join Tony and Ashely, pull out a notepad, write down your goals and make 2023 the year that everything changes.Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie PodcastBiggerPockets BookstoreAirbnbUpworkPropStreamAlpha Geek CapitalMonday.comFind Money, Partners, & Deals Using The “D.A.D System” w/ Mike MichalowiczReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelThe Science Behind Setting and Achieving Big GoalsConnect with Ashley and Tony:Ashley's InstagramAshley's BiggerPockets ProfileTony's InstagramTony's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-239Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Section 8 investing isn’t as scary as it seems. Most landlords will opt to not rent to section 8 tenants, fearing non-payment or just getting stuck with a bad renter. But, this means that the tens of thousands of potential tenants, waiting with guaranteed rent, have nowhere to stay, while you struggle to fill an empty unit. Ashley Hamilton, Detroit-based investor, thinks that not renting to section 8 tenants could be a huge mistake.Welcome back to this week’s Rookie Reply! This time, we’ve got Cullen asking: Is it a bad idea to invest in properties out of state where the housing market is cheaper and more affordable for us? Or would it be better to save more money and invest in the market we are currently living in?Good news for Cullen, we’ve got a cash flow market expert here to help answer his question!If you want Ashley and Tony to answer a real estate question, you can post in the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group! Or, call us at the Rookie Request Line (1-888-5-ROOKIE).In This Episode We CoverCash flow vs. appreciation and when to start investing out-of-stateBuying in affordable real estate markets and what to look for before you investSection 8 investing and how “guaranteed rent” can help boost your property profitsAction steps to take when identifying a rental market or potential investment propertyTenant screening tips that’ll keep your portfolio at 100% occupancyThe one thing you’ll need if you want to be financially free through real estateAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowFind an Investor-Friendly Real Estate AgentAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPocketsMLSThe BiggerPockets Real Estate PodcastReal Estate Rookie Podcast10 Deals on a $20K Waitress Salary With Ashley HamiltonInvestor Update: The “10 Deals on $20K/Year” Investor’s Explosive GrowthBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets CalculatorsConnect with Ashley:Ashley's InstagramAshley's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-238Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Tammy Martin

The purchase, sale, borrowing, or even leasing options for a piece of commercial property often hinge upon the commercial real estate valuation https://cesvaluations.com/value of the building. Assessing that value, however, is no simple matter. Commercial appraisals are generally more subjective than residential reviews, whether it’s an apartment building, an industrial complex, a retail shopping center, or an owner-occupied business structure.

Dec 29th
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Jenniferann Rieger

it's hard to hear Tony.

Nov 18th
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Gus

Exactly 45% of this episode is advertisements. Content begins at 3:50

Sep 25th
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Jayclay Mac

I absolutely love this podcast cast and this episode is so valuable. It answers the question I cannot get away from; I love Real Estate... and working with people!

Jun 5th
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Jordyn Moreno

it's a buyer rep agreement

Feb 4th
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Ryan Copeland

Asana - I have to look up that project management tool

Dec 17th
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Joseph O'kray

This dude just admitted to fraud

Nov 4th
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Krystyan

Great Podcast

Oct 25th
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Braan Anderson

can you explain what counting meters does?

Oct 5th
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Nameuser

recession proof real estate investing

Aug 27th
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Nameuser

nvm he has a book lmao

Aug 27th
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Nameuser

anyone that knows when a recession starts and ends either trying to sell something or just delusional. Great to know that! should I get a econmic degree?

Aug 27th
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David D Carroll

Another fantastic podcast. I'm still househacking as my first deal.

Jun 4th
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David D Carroll

Great explanation of when balloon payments are useful. Thanks!

Apr 16th
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John Rice

love the channel appreciate you guys so much. I have a question about flipping. when your planning out your renovations and additions how do you estimate or appraise how much equity you'll create or how much profit you'll achieve?

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Rick Doctor

I am super excited for this show. Can't wait!

Mar 4th
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