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A rental property falling into foreclosure is a sad sign. “What happened to that landlord?” you might ask. Did a tenant do extensive damage, leaving them with a too burdensome repair bill? Did the landlord forget to pay their mortgage? What could have caused this? Well, if you’re like Ashley Kehr, someone else may have caused your home to (almost) slide into foreclosure, without you knowing.Welcome back to this week’s Rookie Reply. Wait, scratch that. This week’s Rookie Confession, featuring our own Ashley Kehr! Many listeners know Ashley as a fast-moving, quick-thinking, real-life monopoly player, but in this episode, she opens up about a mistake that almost lost her multiple properties. It was an easy real estate mistake to make, but even veterans in the game get caught now and again. Want to avoid what happened to Ashley? Tune into this episode!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). Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelAirbnbBiggerNews March: How a Surge of Foreclosures Will Impact the Housing Market w/Auction.com’s Daren BlomquistRookie Reply: How Do I Estimate Property Taxes?Connect with Ashley and Tony:Ashley's InstagramTony's InstagramCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-222Interested 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.
If you’re hesitant to start your real estate investing journey, ask yourself this—where would you be now if you started ten years ago, and where could you be in ten years if you started today? As today’s guest, Brandon Rush, said, “everything you enjoy today, is the result of something you did five to ten years ago.” Brandon currently has three multi-family homes with a total of ten units. Brandon started his investing journey when he couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel with his W-2. He couldn’t imagine himself working a nine-to-five until sixty-five, so he decided to take his future into his own hands and started house hacking. After two years of hard work and planning, he was able to quit his W-2 a month ago to be a full-time real estate agent.Brandon’s success is not without sacrifice. He moved out of his single-family home and moved an hour away from work for his first house hack. And, of course, after his first house hack, he moved to his second house hack! Moving required Brandon and his wife to get rid of most of their things and travel lightly. Although moving and getting rid of material things can be difficult, for Brandon, getting rid of clutter helped clear his mind and reinforced the idea that he was on the right path. Brandon is confident in his investing choices because he surrounds himself with like-minded people, has built an investor-friendly network, and knows that all his decisions now will benefit his future self.In This Episode We CoverHouse hacking 101—how to get started and why it’s a great way to start investingHow to build an investor-friendly network and the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded peopleSelf-managing your tenants—how to set boundaries and expectations from the startCreating your lease agreement and how to properly screen tenantsWhy cash flow is the most overrated metric of success and how to accurately measure your property's performanceAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramMLSAirbnbBiggerPocketsFacebook MarketplaceRealtor.comBiggerPockets CalculatorTenantCloudReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupConnect with Brandon:Brandon's FacebookBrandon's InstagramBrandon's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-221Interested 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.
This week’s question comes from Jerry through Ashley’s Instagram direct messages. Jerry is asking: I’ve finally made the plunge and bought three investment properties. After I rehab, rent, and refinance them, where can I get more money to invest? Is there a type of loan for investors or do I need to look into a hard money lender?Rental property loans are aplenty if you’ve found the right deal. Most veteran investors already know that once you have a good deal, it isn’t hard to find the money to fund it. But, before you build your rental property portfolio, you’ll need to know which options are out there. Don’t worry, you won’t need to spend months or years saving up for another large down payment. There are quicker ways to build a cash-flowing portfolio.Here are some suggestions:Go the commercial lending route and look into DSCR (debt service coverage ratio) loansPartner with another investor or a private money lender to finance your next down paymentCash-out refinance from your previous properties and recycle that money into your next dealOnce you have some investing experience, reach out to hard money lenders and ask for their terms and ratesAnd more in the episode…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). Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPocketsBiggerPockets Hard Money LendersConnect with Ashley and Tony:Ashley's InstagramTony's InstagramCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-220Interested 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.
A successful investor finds their “why” where other people find excuses. Real estate investing isn’t without its challenges, but as you overcome more challenges, you become a better investor. Today’s guest’s strong “why” led him to real estate, and it’s what pushes him to break through barriers, overcome obstacles, and build the life he’s dreamed of.Hunter Lewis’ "why" came two weeks before his senior year of college when he found out his girlfriend was pregnant. Knowing he was to become a father forced him to get serious about his future. He found a college mentor that was successful in the commercial real estate space and began working for his company. Hunter then saved up enough to buy his first property in July 2020. Since then, he’s closed on two other doors and is working on his fourth!Hunter became a first-time landlord with his second property, and while it was a challenge initially, he learned more about property management and how to compromise. Becoming a father at a young age also taught him how to take advantage of opportunities and reframe obstacles. As a real estate investor, he’s learned how to structure partnerships with family and the benefits of patience. Hunter is now working towards his five-year goal—$10,000 of passive income per month.In This Episode We CoverTaking advantage of opportunity and finding ways to advance your careerFinding your “why” and reframing your obstacles How to structure partnerships with family and significant othersBecoming a first-time landlord and how to self-manage your rentals The importance of understanding and watching the marketInvesting while working full-time and how to use your job to help you investAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramMLSAirbnbThe GaryVee PodcastRentRediMonday.comAsanaOn the Market PodcastThe Ultimate Property Management MasterclassConnect with Hunter:Hunter's InstagramHunter's Youtube ChannelHunter's EmailCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-219Interested 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 rental property portfolio isn’t complicated. You find deals, finance them, buy them, manage them, and repeat. What could be easier? For most real estate investors, it’s not the big steps that stop them from scaling. It’s the little ones. Finding deals means looking through the MLS, cold calling, driving for dollars, or door knocking almost daily. Financing means talking to mortgage brokers, local banks, or investment property lenders. These day-to-day tasks are what make or break your portfolio, so how do you get on top of them?Welcome back to this week’s Rookie Reply, where we’re joined by On The Market co-host, Henry Washington. In only a few short years, Henry has grown his portfolio to over seventy-five doors. With kids at home, a family to take care of, and businesses to manage, how did he scale so fast? He gives his secrets in this episode.And as a bonus for our BPCon2022 attendees, we have some tips for you on how to make the most out of the upcoming convention!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).Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsBPCON2022Real Estate Rookie Facebook GroupThe Real Estate PodcastBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets BootcampsOn The Market PodcastConnect with Henry:Henry's InstagramCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-218Interested 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.
Successful real estate investors don't find success alone. Real estate is a relationship business, so eventually, you need someone— an agent, contractor, cleaning lady, or handyman. At times, your success depends on these people, so you need to build a relationship with them. Once you cultivate a relationship, maintenance becomes the next step, but how do you do that? How do you find the balance between too friendly and impersonal? How do you turn a transactional relationship into a transformational one?Today’s guests, Evan and Katie Miller, have prioritized relationship building in their business and have seen tremendous success. The advantage of investing as a couple is they balance each other out. Evan enjoys numbers, while Katie enjoys working with people—creating the balance they need to be a well-oiled real estate machine. They have sixteen units amongst seven properties in Florida, Denver, and Nebraska. While growing their real estate business, they both work full-time jobs with a baby at home. Katie is the general manager at the BiggerPockets publishing division, which motivated her to invest because she sees the power of real estate every day. Since they still work full-time, they prioritize time management, relationship building, and organization. Evan and Katie hope to hit fifty properties in five years while keeping their full-time jobs.In This Episode We CoverInvesting with a spouse or a significant other and how to find balance and set boundariesAppraisal issues and finding creative solutions vs. knowing when it’s time to step awaySelf-management vs. property management and whether outsourcing is worth itVetting and finding the right property manager in a new marketHow to cultivate and maintain relationships both professionally and personallyOut-of-state investing, learning how to invest in new markets, and the criteria you should haveAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsBPCON2022BiggerPockets BookstoreReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupThe Money PodcastThe Real Estate PodcastAirDNAThe Official BiggerPockets Facebook GroupMLSLoopNetBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets Free MembershipReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelConnect with Evan and Katie:Evan's InstagramKatie's InstagramEvan's BiggerPockets ProfileKatie's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-217Interested 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.
Real estate investors are a hard-working bunch. They put in long hours every day to create passive income and find financial freedom. Many investors resort to doing what they hate, day in and day out, simply to escape the clutches of a nine-to-five job. If you’re a rookie real estate investor, you’re probably the property manager, head of acquisitions, tenant contact, and accountant all rolled into one. But this “all or nothing” way of working could slow you down faster than you know.If you want to take your wealth to the next level, try quitting—it’s what Pat Hiban and Tim Rhode have been doing for decades. As two successful real estate agents, they enjoyed the negotiation games that eventually led to large commission checks. But as the years went by, this non-stop grind took its toll—so much that they both gave up very profitable professions to do what they love. Surprisingly, the “do what you love” lifestyle made them even more money than before!This is all well and good for a couple of veteran investors, but what about our real estate rookies? What about you, listening to this with one, two, or ten deals? How do you take a step back and become a quitter like Pat and Tim? Can you really make more money by doing less, and even if you could, how do you take the first step? In their new book, The Quitter’s Manifesto, Pat and Tim lay out the exact team and strategy you need to go from burnout to big checks with far less effort.In This Episode We CoverHow two formal education failures became multimillionaires Going from 100% “obligation” work to 100% “interest” work by doing what you loveFinding the “quiet” that brings your best ideas to light Building your team of quitters who will hold you accountable to do less and make moreHow to find a world-class real estate mentor who will speed up your growth substantiallyThe financial position you should be in before you contemplate quitting And So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsGoBundanceUpworkBPCON2022BiggerPockets BookstoreBuilding 61 Different Passive Streams of Income with Pat HibanTurning $5K Into $5K/Month and Retiring at 40 with Tim Rhode9 Simple Steps to Finding the Best Real Estate Mentor for YouBook Mentioned in this ShowThe Quitter's Manifesto by Tim Rhode and Pat HibanConnect with Pat and Tim:Pat's LinkedInPat's BiggerPockets ProfileTim's WebsiteTim's LinkedInCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-216Interested 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.
Want to become a millionaire? After this episode, you’ll have everything you need to start your journey to a seven-figure net worth through real estate investing. Most people think that to become a millionaire you need to have a high-paying job, a large inheritance, or hundreds of rental properties. This couldn’t be further from the truth, as regular real estate investing allows almost anyone to build wealth, attain financial freedom, and live the life they dream of in only a matter of years.For those who haven’t bought their first investment property, or only have a few, this webinar with Dave Meyer will provide the step-by-step system that’ll take you from onlooker to investor. Dave takes you through the math behind making millions, how to find investment properties worth buying, analyzing real estate in just minutes, and finally, how to repeat the system so you can continuously build wealth no matter what life position you’re in.Stick around until the end as Dave throws in a special gift for our viewers that will help take you from rookie to veteran investor in no time at all. The tools, information, and data found in this episode could help slingshot your wealth to levels you’ve never imagined. So, are you ready to start?In This Episode We CoverHow to become a real estate millionaire no matter where you’re starting fromDefining your “why” and knowing how much money you want to makeHow an economic recession could affect real estate investors in 2022The “crystal clear criteria” every investor must know before buying a rental propertyBuilding your real estate “stack” that can make you rich in only a few yearsHow to analyze rental properties for complete confidence in the dealFinding, funding, and financing investment property purchasesThe fastest way to level up your real estate investing skills so you can reach financial freedomAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsZillowBiggerPockets CalculatorsOn the Market PodcastBiggerPockets ProMLSBiggerPockets Agent FinderBiggerPockets Rental Property CalculatorCraigslistBiggerPockets BootcampsMashvisorRoofstockAirDNAConnect with Dave:Dave's InstagramDave's BiggerPockets ProfileCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-215Interested 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.
This week’s question comes from Ricky through Ashley’s direct messages on Instagram. Ricky is asking: I’m about to start my investing journey with short-term rentals. How do I build a real estate team, and which positions should I look for first?On your way to building a short-term rental empire, you’ll need to build out your real estate investment team. These are the people who will help you scale, manage your properties, and handle host headaches that come up, so you can focus on finding better vacation rental properties. If you want to scale like Tony, who’s already at sixteen short-term rental units, you’ll need to invest in the four “buckets." Doing this will free up time for you to run a better business and source bigger deals.Here are some suggestions:Start making checklists, notes, and training videos as soon as you buy your first propertyFind the things you hate doing and offload them sooner, rather than laterBuild out your short-term rental core four who can help manage the property while you source dealsStart small with a cleaner or maintenance worker and slowly hire out from thereAnd more in the episode…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).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPocketsBPCON22Investor Girl BrittBadAsh InvestorAirbnbLoomBiggerPockets Agent FinderFind Money, Partners, & Deals Using The “D.A.D System” w/ Mike Michalowicz21 Real Estate Professionals You Need on Your Team (Updated 2021)Connect with Ashley and Tony:Ashley's InstagramTony's InstagramCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-214Interested 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 older you get, the more you realize how much life costs. As a kid, it's easy to take for granted the free rent and free meals, but what if you could get back to that? What if you could live mortgage or rent-free as an adult? What if you could have your meals paid for on someone else’s dime? In today’s episode, our guest, Nate Weintraub, shares how he lives for “free” with his three properties that total sixty-five units.With a real estate investor as a father, Nate has always been around rental property investing. He never saw himself getting into real estate until he worked his first W-2. After seeing the realities of a nine-to-five, Nate decided to buy a property after college and pursue real estate. In March of 2020, he put a house under contract in Rochester, New York. Since then, he has purchased a sixty-three-unit storage facility in Alabama and is currently house hacking in Florida.As Nate works toward financial freedom, he has made steps toward reducing his cost of living while still living a life he loves. In addition to being an investor, he does what he loves as a self-employed copywriter—BiggerPockets’ copywriter in fact. At only twenty-four, Nate lives rent-free in his house hack, his rental property covers most of his food, and his real estate investment trusts pay for his car. In This Episode We CoverAnalyzing and choosing an out-of-state market to invest in (w/o visiting them)Self-managing and how to build a trusting relationship with your tenants House hacking and how to use it to live rent-free while building wealthSelf-storage investing and how to break into a newer, bigger asset classFinding reliable and trustworthy partners and how to manage your partnershipsThe importance of talking about your real estate aspirations and how to generate more business through conversationAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie PodcastZillow$13M in Equity from One Deal & Cash Flowing Despite Being Comatose with AJ OsborneReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupHow to Cut Expenses for a Faster Route to Financial FreedomBiggerPockets CalculatorsEasy Storage SolutionsStessaRoomies.comYelpSquareFootQuickBooksOn the Market PodcastBiggerPockets ForumsAirbnbConnect with Nate:Nate's InstagramNate's EmailNate's WebsiteCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-213Interested 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.
This week’s question comes from Carolyn through Ashley’s direct messages on Instagram. Carolyn is asking: I just bought my first investment property in cash. Am I still considered a first-time homebuyer? What happens if I take out a mortgage on that property?First-time homebuyer loans tend to confuse many real estate rookies. When it comes to first-time homebuyer loans and programs, what options do you have? Some investors think that they can only use loans like the FHA loan for their first home, while others may be enticed by first-time homebuyer programs that boast a lot of benefits, but with a ton of red tape. Which loans work for which investors, and what happens when you want to refinance?Here are some suggestions:Remember that loans like the FHA loan are not reserved for first-time homebuyersSpecial loan programs designed for first-time buyers could help you fund your down payment, but you’ll want to read the fine printLook for state-specific grants when buying your first home (you could come across some free funds!)If you are going to refinance after a cash purchase, be sure to double-check the “seasoning” period with your lenderAnd more in the episode…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).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPocketsCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-212Interested 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.
While constantly hearing success stories can be encouraging, it can also start to seem unattainable when you don’t know where to start. How did all these successful investors get to where they wanted to be? And if they can do it, why can’t you? Today’s guests, Simon Murillo and Kristina Vaio adjusted their mindset from “why them?” to “why not us?,” which resulted in some serious short-term rental success. It took a while for Simon and Kristina to become cohesive in their real estate partnership. Simon has been interested in house hacking since 2018, but Kristina couldn’t envision sharing her home with strangers. For his first investment, Simon wanted to invest long-distance in his hometown, but Kristina had reservations about investing in a property she couldn’t physically manage. Despite their opposing views on what their first investment would look like, through a lot of communication, education, trust, and compromise, they found an investment they agreed on—their basement.With the help of a rockstar real estate agent, they were able to close on a house in December of 2021. It took a few months of blood, sweat, and tears to set up their basement rental, but within just thirty minutes of posting their short-term rental listing, they got their first booking! Now, they’re averaging about $4,500 each month and are looking for their next home to house hack. They plan on doing this at least two or three times until they’re financially free in their forever home—and you can do it too!In This Episode We CoverConvincing a skeptical partner and how to find compromise through mutual goalsHow to ease into investing through small steps and self-educationBuilding a team that can help you with your vision—from investor-friendly real estate agents to reliable contractorsThe benefits of going to investor meetups and being surrounded by similar people with similar goalsManaging your short-term rental while balancing your full-time W-2Increasing the value of your property through unique upgrades and renovationsAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie PodcastBiggerPockets ForumsAlpha Geek CapitalReal Estate Rookie BootcampAirbnbSarah Robinson's InstagramRedfinZillowFacebook GroupsNextdoorMLSBiggerPockets Agents FinderHospitableReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupConnect with Simon and Kristina:Simon's InstagramSimon's BiggerPockets ProfileKristina's InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-211Interested 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 term “other people’s money” is common in the rental property industry. You may hear successful investors use it all the time—but what does it mean? Who are these “other people,” and why are they giving out money so freely? Don’t worry—rich relatives are not necessary for this episode of the Real Estate Rookie Podcast. We’re not talking about taking money from your Grandma. We’re talking about private money lending.Who better to bring on to the show than Alex Breshears and Beth Johnson, authors of the new BiggerPockets book, Lend to Live: Earn Hassle-Free Passive Income in Real Estate with Private Money Lending? Although tailored towards would-be passive private money lenders, Lend to Live drops some serious knowledge that the everyday investor can use. If you’ve ever wanted to know where to find private money, how it works, and how you can use it to grow your real estate portfolio, this episode is a great place to start.Alex and Beth break down the fundamentals behind private money lending, what makes a great private money lender, and how to vet yours when accepting money. Private money can create phenomenal opportunities for active investors, but it comes with legal landmines that are easily activated if you don’t know what to look for. So, before you start accepting money from a local lender, be sure you read Lend to Live first! In This Episode We CoverWhat makes a great private money lender and the qualifications they should possessWhy become a private money lender and who private lending is best suited forHow to find private money even if you’re just starting to grow your networkStructuring a private money loan and keeping yourself legally protectedPrivate money red flags and what investors and lenders should look out forPoints, rates, and other lending lingo you need to know before taking a loanAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie PodcastBiggerPockets ForumsBiggerPockets BookstoreThe BiggerPockets PodcastPrivate Money: What the Experts Warn Against Before You Lend (Or Borrow!)Connect with Alex and Beth:Alex and Beth's Email Alex's BiggerPockets ProfileAlex's LinkedIn ProfileBeth's BiggerPockets ProfileBeth's WebsiteCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-210Interested 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.
As an investor, finding and closing on a deal is only the beginning, and it sets the tone for how the rest of the deal will go. So what criteria should you have to make finding a profitable deal easier? Once you find a deal that's promising, how do you do your due diligence before submitting an offer? In today’s episode, Kenneth Donis shares his bulletproof process for finding and underwriting profitable deals.Kenneth is the Head of Marketing and Acquisitions in the Donis Brothers’ operation. The Donis Brothers have a little more than 1,000 units under their belt and show no signs of slowing down. Kenneth is responsible for finding those deals, underwriting them, and meeting with brokers. With a growing portfolio, Kenneth’s process has become more efficient, and the proof is in their success.Kenneth breaks down his process into three parts—creating criteria, analyzing the deal before submitting the offer, and submitting a letter of intent. He explains how to create a buy box based on your budget and the importance of ensuring your overhead is covered. Taking to heart just a few of the tips that Kenneth shares today could put you on the fast track to closing on your next big investment property!In This Episode We CoverCreating criteria to find great deals based on your goals and budgetDefining your ”buy box” and what you should include in yoursMultifamily deal analysis and the quotes you’ll need before submitting an offer Drafting the letter of intent and the key elements to a perfect offerHow to build lasting and beneficial relationships with mortgage brokersRaising capital from outside sources and using creative financing to fund your dealsAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramReal Estate Rookie PodcastMLSApartments.comBPCON22Real Estate Rookie PodcastChanging Their Family’s Fate by Building a 600+ Unit Portfolio (At Age 20!)How a College Dropout Got a Seat at the Millionaire Investor TablePost, Invest, Profit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Content Creating for InvestorsBiggerPockets CalculatorsConnect with Kenneth:The Donis Brothers’s WebsiteThe Donis Brothers’s InstagramThe Donis Brothers’s Facebook PageThe Donis Brothers’s TwitterThe Donis Brothers’s Tiktok The Donis Brothers’s Youtube ChannelThe Donis Brothers’s PodcastCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-209Interested 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.
This week’s question comes from Aaron on the Real Estate Rookie Facebook Group. Aaron is asking: How do you set up your rental income for tax season? Do you just show your accountant, for example, a Stessa report? Do you give receipts to your tenant when they pay so you have one for tax season?Navigating the world of real estate accounting can be tricky. Do you write everything down by hand or update your numbers in tax software? Ask two real estate experts like Ashley and Tony and you’ll see that there’s usually one clear way to gather up your rental income so your CPA doesn’t have a mountain of paperwork and an avalanche of questions to ask you.Here are some suggestions:Use software like Stessa or QuickBooks to easily track your income/expenses for tax timeSend tenants rent receipts (if they ask for them) using software like Apartments.com and RentRediKeep clear records of how much you received in rent, spent on maintenance, and any amount of vacancyGet your bookkeeping in place from the first property onwards (your future self will thank you)And more in the episode…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).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupStessaQuickBooksApartments.comRentRediGoogle DriveOneDrive Check the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-208Interested 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.
As an entrepreneur trying to build wealth, how do you find work-life balance? How do you prioritize your family and life when you work long hours for a better future? Is the time freedom you’re ultimately working towards worth the time you have to give up presently? Amanda Salovitch, today’s guest, shares the balance she’s been able to maintain as a full-time working mom, building a short-term rental business while going from zero to six units in a year and a half. Amanda has been passionate about real estate for a while. She became a licensed real estate agent fresh out of college in 2008. Amanda worked at a brokerage with another recent high school graduate, and when she decided to pursue a career at the bank, she watched him grow his investment career. The bank required a very fast-paced lifestyle, and it wasn’t until the pandemic that she began to slow down and reassess certain aspects of her future. She started listening to the Real Estate Rookie podcast and became inspired.She purchased three long-term rentals shortly after she began listening to the podcast. She then closed on a property with three short-term treehouse rentals with various income-generating activities. While living a hectic investor life, Amanda always includes her kids as much as possible. Her ultimate goal is to have the time and freedom to live the life of her choosing with her family, and with the path she’s on, she’ll be able to achieve it soon!In This Episode We CoverGetting your real estate license and the benefits of being a licensed investorFinding your personalized work-life balance and the importance of having a strong “why”The process of qualifying for a loan and how to qualify for the financing of your choosingThe 1031 exchange explained, its benefits, and its shortcomingsHow to get your spouse on board with investing while communicating your goalsInvesting while still working your day job and how to manage your time for optimum efficiencyAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupAirbnbReal Estate Rookie PodcastMLSQuickBooksApartments.comLodgifyBooking.comMileIQThe Real Estate PodcastVrboConnect with Amanda:Amanda's WebsiteAmanda's BiggerPockets ProfileAmanda's InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-207Interested 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.
Not knowing how to deal with a bad contractor can cost you thousands, if not tens of thousands, on a single deal. The wrong contractor can cause months more of holding time, thousands in materials wasted, and drain your energy when trying to get the project done. But, once you know the common contractor red flags, you’ll be able to spot which workers won’t work out in the future so you can hire the right ones faster.Ashley and Tony both have horror stories when hiring general contractors. They have some crucial tips when hiring a contractor for your next home renovation. Their most important one? Hire slow and fire fast. The wrong crewmember could sabotage your entire real estate deal.Here are some suggestions:Don’t pay contractors per hour and stick to your contractor criteriaStand your ground and don’t second guess yourself if you know how something should be doneNever hire the same contractor for another job until they’ve finished the first oneSet milestones and benchmarks for the contractor to hit so they stay on-scheduleDon’t hire the first contractors available for a job, take your time vetting the crew and general contractorAnd more in the episode…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).Links from the ShowBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupReal Estate Rookie BootcampCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-205Interested 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.
Sometimes in real estate, less is more, and as the saying goes—quality over quantity. You don’t need a portfolio with 100+ properties if you have a strong cash flow from five. This approach allows less to fall through the cracks and a more personalized experience for the tenant while still building wealth like never before. Today’s guest, Kelly Cronin, explains how she has created Cronin Castles, a variety of unique experiences in various locations, and is now profiting off people’s desire to experience more life.Her current portfolio includes a sea house in Puerto Rico, an off-the-grid dome in Alaska, a tiny home in Utah, and eighty acres in Wisconsin. While Kelly was merely setting her price on listing sites and looking for interesting places, she stumbled on the next big thing. Currently, short-term rental sites are looking for more properties with unique experiences, like Kelly’s, to feature and further differentiate themselves from the competition.Kelly was able to start investing because she saved half of her income. She was able to save an astonishing $110,000 not because of a high salary—in fact, she never hit the six-figure mark—but because she gamified her life. Kelly did this by finding ways to lower her mortgage, save on childcare expenses and use credit card points to cover her travel expenses. Now Kelly can give people the traveling experiences she would want while simultaneously building wealth and changing her financial future.In This Episode We CoverHow to research and invest in different markets Cultivating unique experiences and how to market your rentals Managing your rental property remotely and the importance of building a network in the market you choose to invest inSaving fifty percent of your income and how to gamify your life and stretch your money Self-managing your properties and how to stay on top of your rental portfolioAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBiggerPockets ForumsBrandon Turner's InstagramNate Robbins' InstagramBrian Murray's InstagramAirbnbVrboRealtor.comAirDNAZillowDerek Diedricksen's InstagramBoostlyGodaddyHostfullyMeta Business Suite96 Units in 5 Years By Combining Long & Short-Term RentalsConnect with Kelly:Kelly's WebsiteKelly's Facebook PageKelly's InstagramCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-205Interested 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.
New short-term rental regulations are sprouting up around densely-populated states like California and New York. These regulations can stop new investors from setting up shop while making established hosts much wealthier. With stricter short-term rental laws, what should real estate investors do to hedge their risk against being stuck with a property that can’t be rented out?Both Ashley and Tony own short-term rentals. Ashley’s is situated in a town with no regulations, while Tony has vacation rentals scattered across multiple markets, each with its own specific ordinances. Tony knows that even with these new laws, there are still steps you can take to ensure that your short-term rental investment isn’t ever at risk of being left empty.Looking into short-term rental markets? Here are some suggestions:Look for established, mature vacation rental markets when starting your searchEconomic dependency on tourism will most likely make an area more open to short-term rentalsAlways research the number of short-term rentals an owner can legally own in an area as well as how the permitting process worksStay up-to-date on an area’s short-term rental laws as they are subject to changeAnd more in the episode…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).Links from the ShowReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Youtube ChannelReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupCheck the full show notes here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-204Interested 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.
Property management can be one of the more complex decisions when it comes to investing. Do you save money and ensure the job is done exactly how you want it by self-managing, or do you invest in someone with experience and save yourself time, energy, and headspace? Today’s guest, Karen Lane, breaks down property management in bite-size chunks, so whether you’re deciding between property management vs. self-management or hoping to pursue property management already, this episode is perfect for you.Karen has been in property management for commercial real estate for most of her career, so she’s seen it all—including a dead deer carcass in the middle of a shopping center parking lot. She’s worked with private investors on both coasts and internationally. Karen’s abundant experience has made her a wealth of knowledge and the perfect person to learn from. While she has thrived in the property management space, she now hopes to beat analysis paralysis and find her first investment. Karen goes over what it means to be a property manager and how to become one. She also talks about the nuances of juggling the different relationships you need to maintain as a property manager. Today’s episode is the free property management masterclass you don’t want to miss. In This Episode We CoverWhat it means to be a property manager and how to know if you have what it takesFinding and vetting a property manager to make sure your goals and expectations alignHow to keep the landlord and the tenant happy and find a middle groundManagement agreements and how to understand the property management fees that come along with itHow to check for hidden fees as a landlordThe most significant things to look for in a property manager to make sure your relationship is successfulThe ideal reporting structure, the cadence, and what you should includeAnd So Much More!Links from the ShowAshley's InstagramTony's InstagramBiggerPocketsReal Estate Rookie PodcastReal Estate Rookie Facebook GroupBPCON2022BiggerPockets ForumsRookie Landlord BootcampBiggerPockets CalculatorsBuildiumAppFolioQuickbooksA Step-by-Step Guide to Estimating Rehab Costs w/ Master Flipper & Investor James Dainard (Part 1)Finding Contractors, Renovation Red Flags, and Estimating Rehab Costs (Part 2) w/ James Dainard18 Deals in 2 Years AND a Full Time Job with Kevin ChristensenConnect with Karen:Karen's Property Management CompanyKaren's Company EmailKaren's WebsiteKaren's EmailCheck out the full show notes here: https://biggerpockets.com/blog/rookie-203Interested 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.
Comments (18)

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?

Apr 4th
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Rick Doctor

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

Mar 4th
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