The BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Podcast

Today’s guest grew up poor, living in a cabin without power or running water. But now he controls millions of dollars in real estate, owns several companies, and leads one of the country’s top-producing sales teams.

How did Ben Kinney pull that off?

The story involves, of course, hard work and tenacity. It involves a book that shifted his mindset at just the right time. And most importantly, it involves teamwork.

In this episode, Ben lays out the hiring process he used to build a real estate agent business. He talks about how he got used to rejection working as a “cable guy” and shares how YOU can find an off-market deal and start house hacking—without a lot of money out of pocket.

Ben also details the seven goals that influenced his every decision and the three things every leader should do when growing his or her business. (Hint: “inspect what you expect.”)

In the "Deal Deep Dive" segment, Ben tells us how he was able to buy a company for a hefty price by controlling the terms of the deal.

He's a big-picture guy, who will challenge you to think differently about real estate and business. If you feel held back by tasks you don’t enjoy, listen to this show for practical tips on how to delegate more effectively.

Today's episode will inspire you and help you invest more efficiently, so you can do what you love and watch your wealth grow.

In This Episode We Cover:

  • The amazing story behind how Ben got started selling homes
  • Being recession proof
  • Why he builds and buys businesses
  • Using synergy to grow his RE empire
  • What he looks for in a deal
  • Why he likes to buy and hold instead of flip
  • How big businessmen save on taxes
  • What is the income triangle and how to flip it
  • Finding great leaders as partners or employees
  • Building an ecosystem to help find him deals
  • Questions he asks new hires or partners to determine if they are the right ones
  • The story about how he spent six days to find ONE hire
  • Working only do things he enjoys
  • And SO much more!

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In this bonus episode, co-authors Carol and J Scott read from Chapter 5: Seller Motivation and Leverage. This passage reveals the exact questions the authors ask sellers, and how to “aggressively listen” for valuable information — even when making casual conversation. Plus, Carol and J do some investor/seller role-playing.

Order “The Book on Negotiating Real Estate” today at www.BiggerPockets.com/NegotiatingBook; you can get a physical copy, eBook, or audio version (that one is read by professional narrators) — OR just get the Ultimate package, which includes everything, PLUS access to two live Q&A webinars with Carol and J, two bonus videos, and a Quick Reference Guide with the top negotiating tips and tricks from the book.

Enjoy this sneak peek!

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Would your real estate investing business benefit from better negotiating tactics? Of course it would!

On today’s show, Brandon and David sit down with J and Carol Scott, as well as Mark Ferguson, co-authors of the new BiggerPockets book The Book on Negotiating Real Estate. The authors discuss several powerful negotiating strategies, plus common misconceptions about negotiating, how “winning” in negotiating doesn’t always mean the other side is losing, and how the best deals are done through building rapport (with examples of how to do just that).

You won’t want to miss their tips on how to prepare for a negotiation beforehand—something that’s made them hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years—and how to negotiate with your own contractor to get the best prices possible!

This episode is full of advice to help you, the investor, save money and get deals. If you want to experience better results getting what YOU want out of a deal, download this one today!

In This Episode We Cover:

  • Introducing J, Carol, and Mark
  • Common misconceptions about negotiating
  • How winning doesn’t always mean the other side losing
  • The right mindset when it comes to negotiating
  • How building rapport can get you deals
  • Learning to shift the negotiation off of price and into something else
  • Tips in preparing for your negotiation beforehand
  • Negotiating with your contractor to get the best deal possible
  • The tip that’s made them hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years
  • How they closed on a deal using negotiating tactics to lower the price on an already great deal
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

Direct download: bpp-321.mp3
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Imagine building a business around work you’d do for free. Sound pretty great?

Today’s guest has done just that, and her story may change the way you think about investing. Brittany Arnason is a 26-year-old who’s converted her talent for hands-on work into a cash-flowing, 10-unit rental portfolio.

In this episode, Brittany shares how she learned the business of real estate and construction as a small child, bought her first property for $25,000, and worked on it herself to save money and learn the business.

She goes on to reveal her DIY secrets for adding value at minimal cost, how she applied skills she learned at her 9 to 5 to make her a more successful investor, and how she operates as a woman in a male-dominated industry.

Brittany has an incredible energy, spark, and passion for real estate, and it is infectious. Don't miss how she uses creative strategies to finance her deals and the BRRRR method to fund unlimited projects.

This is an episode that will leave you pumped up and ready to go get your next (or first) deal. Download it today!

In This Episode We Cover:

  • How Britt got her first rental property at the age of 18!
  • Quitting her job as a power engineer
  • Pros and cons of doing your own work
  • The Lifeonaire Strategy
  • Things that make a huge impact in a property
  • Using personal line of credit to fund deals
  • What is a Step Up mortgage
  • Doing BRRRR strategy with her boyfriend
  • Finding deals through realtors and MLS
  • How she learned DIY skills from the internet
  • And SO much more!

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How does finding and closing 15 deals a month sound? Today’s guest shares exactly how his team does just that!

Returning guest Nathan Brooks goes into detail about how he built a turnkey business that consistently finds and closes deals on a large scale. He also shares great info regarding how he uses the DISC profile to understand himself and his team members, his three-step process for rehabbing homes, and why he always has at least two sets of eyes on every deal.

Plus, he reveals what he wishes he had done differently in the beginning and how to alternate between a “10,000-foot view” of your business and being on the front line. You also won't want to miss his discussion about mistakes newbies should avoid.

Nathan is a long-time investor with a heart-felt passion for helping others succeed. If you want to grow your real estate business, be sure to check out the incredible advice and encouragement he shares in today’s episode!

In This Episode We Cover:

  • How Nathan uses the DISC profile to understand himself
  • What he would have done different if starting his business again
  • His three-step process for rehabbing homes
  • Why he always uses two sets of eyes on every deal
  • How he utilized meetups to grow his business
  • How his team is buying 12-15 deals a month
  • His rule for replacing anything that doesn’t have a 10-year life span
  • Mistakes for newbies to avoid
  • How to alternate between a big picture view and daily activities to lead to success
  • How he handled his nightmare flip
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

Direct download: bpp-319.mp3
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Interested in buying over 100 units in two years' time? Today’s guest did just that!

Collin Schwartz shares the amazing story of how he built an impressive portfolio on the foundation of direct mail and networking through meetups. You’ll learn how Collin utilized a clever twist on the BRRRR method to avoiding paying cash for properties (but still get back his down payment), how he uses balloon notes to do this, and how his highly targeted direct mail strategy led to it all being possible. Collin also shares how he runs meetups to find deals, what his criteria are for buying properties, and how he partners/leverages with others to make this incredible success possible over such a short period of time.

Collin also earns income managing properties—and even leverages that business to find deals too! If you want a solid game plan that will lead to impressive growth, this is an episode you don’t want to miss!

In This Episode We Cover:

  • How Collin went from handwriting 191 letters to over 100 units in two years
  • How he uses networking to find deals
  • His direct mail strategy
  • How he uses the BRRRR method and traditional financing
  • His 50/50 partnership structure
  • Tips for using RUBS to increase profit
  • What criteria he looks for in properties
  • How to run meetups to find deals
  • Advice for using balloon notes to get into deals (and later refinancing)
  • How to outsource paperwork and bookkeeping to others
  • How he makes money managing his own properties
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

Direct download: bpp-318.mp3
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Ever dreamed of being a successful multifamily investor who owns millions of dollars in real estate while others manage your assets?

Well, today’s guest is doing just that! Brandon and David sit down with Chad Doty, a one-time businessman who ditched corporate life and moved on to real estate, now owning 3,000 units!

Chad shares TONS of meaty insight, including what he looks for when choosing a market, where he’s currently investing (and avoiding), and four rules of thumb for building a multifamily business. Chad gives great advice regarding overcoming high barriers to entry, getting brokers to take you seriously (even as a newbie), and adding value to properties in order to generate big profits.

Plus, you DO NOT want to miss Chad’s take on finding deals others are missing, the order in which you should build your team, and how he would invest his grandmother’s last 100K! If you’re looking for an episode with so much value you’ll feel guilty you didn’t have to pay for it, download this one now!

In This Episode We Cover:

  • How Chad got into multifamily
  • What evergreen is
  • Two real estate myths
  • What comes first: deal or money
  • The market he invests in and why
  • His success metrics
  • The four components of any successful business
  • Raising money to fund an apartment building
  • Increase rent vs. decrease expenses
  • What does his team look like managing thousands of properties
  • Rules of thumb for communicating with property management
  • His thoughts on the future of today's market
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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In This Episode We Cover:

  • Closing over 3 million dollars as a first deal that made him quit college
  • The plan he took
  • What he could've done better
  • What it's like buying rental properties at a young age
  • Hack on Managing properties
  • The Subway Sandwich Story
  • How Graham became a millionaire in real estate by 26
  • Why going to college would have set him back a decade
  • The Millionaire Formula
  • His current investments and future plans
  • Tips on landlording
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

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Interested in learning techniques that will virtually guarantee you success, regardless of your field of interest? Of course you are!

On that front, today’s show will not disappoint! Brandon and David interview bestselling author Robert Greene, whose latest book is titled The Laws of Human Nature.

Robert discusses brilliant concepts regarding earning the trust of others, determining who you can trust in an interaction, and developing the super power of reading other people’s non-verbal cues. He also shares valuable insight that will help you positively impact the emotions of others around you, put yourself in a peak state of performance, and activate the power of your own emotional connection to things you are passionate about.

And do not miss Robert’s advice on making sure others cannot manipulate or deceive you, or what he’s learned studying Leonardo da Vinci and others who have mastered their crafts! If you want to become the investor who gets deals first, gets the best prices on rehabs, and is less likely to be fooled in a transaction, download this episode right now!

 

In This Episode We Cover:

  • Robert's mentor-mentee relationship with Ryan Holiday
  • What a mentor is looking for a mentee
  • What are the laws of human nature
  • Understanding human nature and why it's the most important skill
  • Seeing through people beyond the surface
  • Validating the good in people
  • Flattery vs. recognizing somebody's strength
  • The different biases and how we're governed by emotions
    - Conviction bias
    - Appearance bias
    - Group bias
  • Techniques to resist these biases
  • How to present yourself
  • Mastery and being emotionally connected to what you do
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

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Would your real estate business benefit from better rehab/construction knowledge or tactics? Well, that’s the focus of today’s show, where Andresa shares her story of moving from Brazil to America and crushing it in the real estate space!

Andresa excels in an area many of us find extremely challenging: managing rehabs. In this episode, she pulls back the curtain and shares tips for how you can do the same. Andresa gives great advice for finding excellent contractors (and vetting them), the three things she puts in every contract, and how she makes sure she’s never ripped off.

You won’t want to miss her advice on finding the perfect team, determining the scope of work for your project, and learning your market. Andresa also shares a killer tip about challenging low appraisals she’s used successfully three separate times! Andresa is able to skillfully manage several rehab projects at a time while also running a side Airbnb business and gives great guidance on how you can do the same. Download this one now!

In This Episode We Cover:

  • How Andresa got into real estate
  • How she finds great contractors
  • The three things she puts in her contract
  • How she pays her contractors
  • Her advice for finding the perfect team
  • How she embraces what she’s good at
  • Why you should be humble enough to partner with others
  • How she determines her scope of work
  • Tips for understanding your market
  • How she challenges appraisals
  • Her advice for Airbnb investing
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

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You want to crush it in real estate investing. But you also want fun, adventure, and time for yourself and your loved ones. Can you have both? Our guest today says, “YES!”

Jesse Itzler is a serial entrepreneur who’s worn a lot of hats: rapper, founder of a private jet company (sold to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway), partner in a coconut water venture (sold to Coca-Cola), ultra-marathoner, and part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks.

Jesse shares his plan for 4x-ing your productivity, what he learned from living with a Navy SEAL (and writing a book about it!), and why investors must learn to “fall in love with the process,” rather than the product. You’ll learn his trick for scheduling memorable experiences and why you should develop your own “happiness meter.”

Oh, and stick around to hear Jesse’s hilarious story about performing in front of 600,000 people—and forgetting the words. This show is packed with wise counsel for anyone who is or wants to be a hard-charging entrepreneur, but also craves more balance and bliss. Download this episode, and share it with a friend or family member who would enjoy it! When you do, tag us on Twitter (@jrdorkin, @brandtonatBP, @biggerpockets) or Instagram (@jrdorkin, @beardybrandon, @biggerpockets)!

In This Episode We Cover:

  • Jesse Itzler's backstory
  • The moment of the most happiness -41 bucks story!
  • How to measure happiness with the "Happiness Meter"
  • The "3-Hour Rule"
  • What Kevin's Rule is and why you should create "moments"
  • Advice for making the most of life
  • Why you should think through: What do I want to be known for in the next 5 years?
  • How to reach out to people who you aspire to meet
  • His advice on growing multiple business
  • A way to redefine failure
  • The Misogi
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

Direct download: bpp-313.mp3
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Excited about real estate investing and looking for a blueprint to follow? Well, you’re in luck!

Today’s guest James Masotti is a well-rounded investor who’s piling up properties while working a full-time job.

James shares how he consistently finds deals in a competitive market (it’s not through the MLS), how he funds these deals (it’s not with his money), and how he handles the common complications every investor faces.

He also gives some great advice for acquiring properties already occupied by tenants, and explains how he keeps his partner and lenders happy even when things don’t go according to plan. He offers tips on planning for CapEx and dealing with the dark side of real estate investing, too. 

Plus, you won't want to miss his advice when it comes to building funnels to find deals, as well as just what to look for when interviewing real estate agents.

James has a straightforward, no-nonsense approaching to succeeding in today’s market and provides tons of good content for how you can do the same! Download this episode today!

In This Episode We Cover:

  • Jame's entrance into real estate investing while having a professional career
  • Cash reserves and how he plans for CapEx
  • How he finds and funds deals
  • Dealing with tenant evictions
  • Finding the lender you need
  • What a debt cover ratio is
  • Why he continuously builds funnels
  • How to handle when things go wrong
  • Analyzing and overcoming the dark side of real estate investing!
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

Direct download: bpp-312.mp3
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Are you a real estate investor concerned with the potential of a shifting economy? These concerns are understandable, and today’s guest has some great techniques for both protecting your money and taking advantage of deals in any market!

J Scott, author of The Book on Flipping Houses and How to Estimate Rehab Costs shares his valuable insight when it comes to predicting market changes, adapting to shifting markets, and changing your strategy to adapt to a changing economy! Don’t miss Jay’s 6 rules for flipping houses, what exact economic indicators he looks for to predict an upcoming recession, and his 6 rules for preparing for an economic recession.

J is one of the most respected minds in the real estate game, and today’s show is jam packed with the wisdom, advice, and knowledge you need to position yourself where you want to be in a shifted market to make big gains in your portfolio!

In This Episode We Cover:

  • J. Scott's story on how he got into flipping houses
  • How his business evolved over the past 10 years
  • Market cycles and market indicators to look for
  • Why unemployment is an indicator
  • The "yield curve"
  • The Buffet indicator
  • His 6 rules for investing in this market:
    1. Be certain of your numbers
    2. Stay away from long rehabs
    3. Have a backup strategy
    4. Avoid thin deals
    5. Keep clear of leverage at all cost
    6. Stay away from the high end vacation rentals
  • 6 ways to prepare for any market:
    1. Hoard cash
    2. Open as many credit lines as possible
    3. Build credit
    4. Figure the "worst case drop"
    5. Restructure short-term debt
    6. Don't chase your losses
  • And SO much more!

Links from the Show

Direct download: bpp-311.mp3
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