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Over the many years that we've been serving real estate investors, one of the most asked questions on our site has been, "How Do I Get Started in Real Estate Investing?"
People from all over the world have been coming to BiggerPockets to find the answer to that question. While some might lead you to believe that there is a simple answer that works for everyone, that simply isn't the case. We've built this course to help simplify the process of figuring out how YOU can get started.
Of course, this course is not an all-encompassing "how-to" manual about every aspect of real estate investing, but a broad-stroke overview of the best ways to start down your path to financial freedom through real estate investments.
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|Section 1: Start Here|
Why Invest in Real Estate?
What Can Real Estate Do For You?
Who Am I?
What is BiggerPockets?
What is Real Estate Investing?
The Four Wealth Generators of Real Estate
Can I Invest with a Full-Time Job?
Can I Invest With No Money Down?
The Real Estate Investor Mindset
Can I Get Rich Quick with Real Estate?
|Section 2: Gaining Your Real Estate Education|
The Education Funnel
Best Sources for REI Education
How Do I Find a Local Mentor?
Should I Pay for REI Education?
|Section 3: Real Estate Niches and Strategies|
An Introduction to Niches and Strategies
Buy and Hold Investing
What is the Best Niche/Strategy For Newbies?
|Section 4: Your Real Estate Investing Plan|
An Intro to Business Plans
What Should Your Business Plan Contain?
Assembling Your Team
Should You Use a Partner to Invest?
LLCs, Corps, and Other Entities... Do You Need One?
|Section 5: How to Find Real Estate Deals|
An Introduction to Finding Great Deals
The Real Estate Purchase Funnel
Setting Your Shopping Criteria
Direct Mail Marketing
Driving For Dollars
More Strategies for Finding Great Deals
Narrowing It Down: The Rules of Thumb
The 50% Rule
The 2% Rule (or Test)
The 70% Rule
The BiggerPockets Property Analysis Software
|Section 6: Real Estate Financing|
An Introduction to Real Estate Financing
Using All Cash
FHA and 203k Loans (House Hacking)
Hard Money Lenders
Private Money Lenders
Using Your Home Equity
Real Estate Partnerships for Financing
Commercial Real Estate Loans
|Section 7: Networking and Marketing|
The Importance of Networking
The Importance of Marketing
Other Forms of Marketing
|Section 8: Exit Strategies|
Why Exit Strategies Matter
Selling with a Real Estate Agent
Selling with Seller Financing
Sell with Lease Options
|Section 9: Wrapping It Up: A Review|
Wrapping It Up
|Lecture 64||85 pages|
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My name is Brandon, and I am an entrepreneur, real estate investor, author, and the VP of Growth at BiggerPockets, the real estate investing social network. I am passionate about helping newbies learn how to get started investing in real estate!
BiggerPockets is the world's largest real estate investing website, containing thousands of blog posts, millions of forum posts, one of iTunes' most popular podcasts, and currently over 350,000 members dedicated to helping each other become more successful investors.
More about me: I bought my first house at 21 years old, fixed it up, and sold it for a small profit. Although my original plan was to use the money to backpack around Europe, I ended up using the money instead to pay for my dream wedding with my favorite girl. Rather than Europe, I discovered myself and my future.
I ended up doing a lot more real estate investing, gaining dozens of rental properties over the next few years, partnering with different folks to find ways to invest in real estate without using my own cash by creating win-win solutions for others. It's worked out really well and I continue to buy and rent properties.