BiggerPockets Podcast 422: From W2-Job Single Mom to Flipping Real Estate Rockstar with Amanda Young

Amanda Young stumbled into real estate. After being let go from a job, dealing with a family emergency, and homeschooling her son, Amanda knew that she had to find a way to provide for her family, but also allow her to discover her hidden edge. After finding BiggerPockets and joining a local REIA (real estate investors association), she decided to take the jump and buy her first rental. Now, in 2020, she has 7 rental properties and a flourishing flipping business, working with a partner that matches her energy. Amanda found her localized niche by targeting owners of “sinkhole homes” and offering them deals that not only made sense for the buyer, but were a steal for her. She then used creative financing (really creative) to get these homes under contract. Amanda is the definition of someone who has grit, and is willing to work hard to earn their piece. She talks through Section 2 deals, 1031 exchanges, refinancing, and even how to “COVID-Proof” your tenants, so when the next global emergency happens, you’ll be ready.

BiggerPockets Podcast 421: Family Over Everything: How Life Forced BP Founder Joshua Dorkin to Reevaluate His Choices

Many avid members of the BiggerPockets forum, listeners to the podcast, or readers of our articles may know our founder, Joshua Dorkin. What you may not know is Joshua’s journey in founding, building, scaling, and finally leaving BiggerPockets. It was a hard decision for Joshua to leave, but thanks to his amazing team, he was able to (even during a time of tribulation in his personal life). You’ll hear how Joshua was cranking out 100 hour weeks, working 7 straight days, for the first 6 years of BiggerPocket’s existence. He later transitioned to building a team, starting with the BiggerPocket Podcast’s very own host, Brandon Turner. This later snowballed into more hirings, with the BiggerPockets growing faster and faster, and being able to scale larger and larger. Just at the time when things were starting to go from big to bigger, Joshua had to take time off to take care of his daughter’s medical emergency. This caused a shift in Joshua’s reality, so he dropped everything. This keynote speech goes deep into what really matters most. It’s not money, it’s not success, but it’s something that matters even more: fulfillment and family. Check out the video on our Youtube channel, and be sure to give Joshua a follow on Twitter at @jrdorkin.

BiggerPockets Podcast 420: Finding the “Sweet Spot” in Multifamily: Scaling to 150+ Units with David Grabiner

David Grabiner takes the term “long distance investor” to the extreme. While he was a hospital administrator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he was calling real estate agents in Chattanooga, Tennessee trying to scoop up multifamily deals. David started out by partnering up with his father, buying a quadplex that helped him get his initial training in property management. He later scaled up his and his father’s investment portfolio to 24 units, and then, within 3 years, scaled up his own investments to 150+ units! This meant that David had to quit his job and go full-time into real estate investing. He did it, and he isn’t looking back! Now David is a deal-finding machine, buying directly from listing agents and becoming one of the go-to multifamily investors in Chattanooga. Whether you own one single family home, a dozen duplexes, or hundreds of apartment complexes, you’ll take something away from David’s in depth discussion on property management, landlording, and tenant screening.

BiggerPockets Podcast 419: Defeating Distraction and Why “To-Do” Lists are Dangerous with Nir Eyal

Ever missed out on an important moment because you were staring at your phone, distracted by TV, or just zoning out? Nir Eyal, author of Indistractable, felt the same way when he missed an important moment with his daughter because he was locked in on his phone. This spurred Nir’s curiosity on why people get distracted, what they’re getting distracted by, and how people can turn their distractions into the opposite: traction. As a business owner, angel investor, Stanford lecturer, and father, Nir understands what it feels like to live a hectic life, but he also understands that most of the time, we ourselves are the ones making it hectic. So what prompts us to take action? What prompts us to take inaction? How can we make ourselves do the things we need to do, with better results, and still have time for our children, relationships, hobbies, and even down time? It’s all possible, and the key to a distraction-free life is even easier than you would think.