A Beginner’s Introduction to Real Estate Investing

Learn how to get started on your real estate investing journey in this beginner's overview.
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  • Lectures 64
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • You don't need any prior knowledge. This course will teach you the fundamentals.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify the best real estate niche they should get get into, as well as create a plan for achieving their financial goals.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for the real estate beginner, someone who has not yet invested in multiple properties.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Start Here
Introduction
04:05
Why Invest in Real Estate?
03:28
What Can Real Estate Do For You?
02:12
Course Objectives
03:51
Who Am I?
03:46
What is BiggerPockets?
02:16
Course Outline
05:50
What is Real Estate Investing?
04:01
The Four Wealth Generators of Real Estate
14:33
Can I Invest with a Full-Time Job?
08:34
Can I Invest With No Money Down?
04:11
The Real Estate Investor Mindset
05:01
Can I Get Rich Quick with Real Estate?
02:34
Section 2: Gaining Your Real Estate Education
The Education Funnel
01:53
Best Sources for REI Education
08:02
How Do I Find a Local Mentor?
07:09
Should I Pay for REI Education?
04:02
Overcoming Fear
03:22
Section 3: Real Estate Niches and Strategies
An Introduction to Niches and Strategies
06:11
Buy and Hold Investing
05:11
House Flipping
04:25
Wholesaling
04:06
What is the Best Niche/Strategy For Newbies?
03:07
Section 4: Your Real Estate Investing Plan
An Intro to Business Plans
02:32
What Should Your Business Plan Contain?
09:49
Assembling Your Team
03:24
Should You Use a Partner to Invest?
07:51
LLCs, Corps, and Other Entities... Do You Need One?
04:28
Section 5: How to Find Real Estate Deals
An Introduction to Finding Great Deals
02:30
The Real Estate Purchase Funnel
04:53
Setting Your Shopping Criteria
02:30
The MLS
06:54
Direct Mail Marketing
03:15
Driving For Dollars
02:54
More Strategies for Finding Great Deals
03:40
Narrowing It Down: The Rules of Thumb
02:28
The 50% Rule
02:40
The 2% Rule (or Test)
04:23
The 70% Rule
03:31
The BiggerPockets Property Analysis Software
09:56
Section 6: Real Estate Financing
An Introduction to Real Estate Financing
02:23
Using All Cash
01:10
Conventional Mortgages
04:35
Portfolio Lenders
02:08
FHA and 203k Loans (House Hacking)
08:31
Seller Financing
03:14
Hard Money Lenders
03:23
Private Money Lenders
03:24
Using Your Home Equity
03:32
Real Estate Partnerships for Financing
01:12
Commercial Real Estate Loans
03:14
Retirement Accounts
01:54
Creative Combinations
03:03
Section 7: Networking and Marketing
The Importance of Networking
04:19
The Importance of Marketing
02:34
Other Forms of Marketing
00:46
Section 8: Exit Strategies
Why Exit Strategies Matter
02:23
Selling with a Real Estate Agent
01:54
Selling FSBO
01:04
Selling with Seller Financing
01:47
Sell with Lease Options
01:40
1031 Exchanges
01:48
Section 9: Wrapping It Up: A Review
Wrapping It Up
09:03
85 pages

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Instructor Biography

Brandon Turner, VP of Content at BiggerPockets.com

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.


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