When I was starting out one of the frustrating things for me was learning about real estate investing from some speaker that was trying to sell me a course or “seminar”. Although those courses could teach me something, some of these blogs have taught me more…for free.
By following these blogs I have seen how deals get put together from beginning to end. This is very helpful in allowing you to see how you can do it too. That is one of the reasons I was inspired to start my own site and blog.
Here are some of the real estate investing blogs I read and that I recommend you do too. One of the neat things about these is that you will see different styles, business models, markets, and techniques to invest in real estate:
Tom Tarrant - I consider Tom more of a builder than a rehabber but his projects are amazing. He used to do amazing rehabs in historic sections of downtown San Antonio but has moved to San Diego and is basically doing new construction with some major rehabs here and there. He has certainly mastered the ability to do masterful rehabs on really old homes where he maintains the "soul" of the original home while giving it a very modern utility and a very classy finish.
Probably what I like the most about his site are his videos and the great job he does of taking you through all the construction steps. Tom is a bit different from other rehabbers (like me) in that he does quite a bit of work himself. He still hires plenty of trades but from reading his posts you can see he is quite handy and very knowledgeable in construction.
Flip This Wholesaler – Steph Davis is the dynamic gal behind this blog and her specialty was wholesaling real estate. I really liked her blog because it chronicles how Steph went from zero deals to becoming a full time wholesaler. If you go way back on the archives you can see almost her day by day activity. What I liked the most about her blog is that you can see that this girl hustled and worked her butt off to pull this off and become a wholesaling machine.
I think Steph has moved to other areas of real estate investing but the archives are full of lots of great ideas and recommendation about wholesaling real estate. If you really want to see how you can get started in real estate investing with very little to no capital this is the place to go.
1-2-3 Flip - J Scott is the author and a full time investor and like me he flips houses in the Atlanta area. He has chronicled every house he has flipped on this site and at last check he is up to House #37. His blog is unique in the sense that it gives detailed financial analysis of his deals. I have not found this anywhere else and it’s what inspired me to do the same because you can learn a lot from someone else’s deals. I have learned a great deal from him personally and through his blog. J focuses on rehabbing and the bulk of his rehabs are first-time buyer type of houses. He is not the type that goes into houses that need full-gut rehabs or that has to tear down a house and start again. He basically keeps the same floor plan and mostly upgrades and/or updates the house. I have walked several of his projects so I know he and his team do an outstanding job.
Craig Fuhr - Craig is a full time rehabber and flipper in the Baltimore area. His rehabbing style is different because he does the full gut rehabs and more. He takes a house that was a 2/1 at 1200 sft. and turns it into a 4/2 with 2,000 sft. Not only that but his finished products are just amazing…granite, custom tile, and hardwood finishes, very modern looks and awesomely redesigned floor plans.
It seems Craig has taken a hiatus from blogging at least for now but his site is chock full of ideas and great recommendations and has plenty of information to learn from.
Bigger Pockets - Owner Joshua Dorkin has done a fantastic job of leveraging the power of the internet with the world of real estate investing. This site is more like a community and networking site rather than a blog although they technically do have a blog too. This site is a behemoth of ALL real estate investing information. But by far the greatest feature of it is the participation of numerous investors from all over the country and most importantly their willingness to help. I am a frequent participant and have found the forums to be extremely helpful.
Three of the real estate investing blogs above are about rehabbing and flipping houses the right way. What I mean by this is that these guys are not about putting "lipstick on a pig". These are professionals that use their skills to fix, improve and transform a mediocre or plain ol' crappy house (like Craig Fuhr would say) and turn it into a fantastic home that commands top dollar. In the process they make a good bit of money and they deserve it. Go check them out.
Do you have a good recommendation for a real estate investing blog? Fell free to let me know and why you recommend them.
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