How to Make 2023 Your Best Year Ever - Transcripts

January 17, 2023

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Search “how to make passive income” online, and there’s a good chance you’ll see “real estate investing” on every list. Why? Real estate investing is one of the most time-tested, stable, and repeatable ways for the everyday American to get rich, build wealth, and start collecting passive income every month. But you’ll never get going if you don’t know where to start. So to make your 2023 as successful as ever, David Greene, investor, agent, and host of the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast, sat down to walk through the eleven steps it takes to go from onlooker to real estate investor. Real estate is NOT a “get rich quick” type of investment, but it can help you build wealth in a surprisingly short amount of time. Just ask David, who spent years working overtime as a cop, slowly building up a real estate portfolio that eventually led him to hit financial freedom before most people buy their first house! In this episode, David will walk step-by-step through everything a new investor must do to get their first rental property, how to analyze real estate deals once you find them, and how to repeat the system, so your passive income stack grows bigger every year! Want to become a real estate investing expert in 2023? Sign up for BiggerPockets Pro, where you’ll get access to real estate tools and calculators, bootcamps for any investor, lease agreement packages for all fifty states, unlimited webinar replays, and exclusive videos. Start the new year off right by upgrading to BiggerPockets Pro, and use code “NEWYEAR” at checkout for a special discount!  In This Episode We Cover: How to make 2023 your best real estate investing year EVER  David’s slow start and going from almost giving up to financial freedom in only a few years How to analyze a real estate deal from start to finish (with a LIVE example) The 11 KEYS to success when starting in rental property investing How to find real estate deals in ANY market using the LAPS funnel Setting goals and why so many people fall short of their new year’s resolutions Using BiggerPockets Pro to get your first (or next) real estate deal even faster!  And So Much More! Links from the Show Find an Investor-Friendly Real Estate Agent BiggerPockets Youtube Channel BiggerPockets Forums BiggerPockets Pro Membership BiggerPockets Bookstore BiggerPockets Bootcamps BiggerPockets Podcast BiggerPockets Merch Listen to All Your Favorite BiggerPockets Podcasts in One Place Learn About Real Estate, The Housing Market, and Money Management with The BiggerPockets Podcasts Get More Deals Done with The BiggerPockets Investing Tools Find a BiggerPockets Real Estate Meetup in Your Area David's BiggerPockets Profile David's Instagram David’s YouTube Channel Sign Up for BiggerPockets Pro and Use Code “NEWYEAR” for a Special Discount Rental Property Calculator Rent Estimator Pro-Exclusive Videos Grab the Best-Selling BiggerPockets Books Get Your Ticket to BPCon 2023!   Click here to check the full show notes: Interested in learning more about today’s sponsors or becoming a BiggerPockets partner yourself? Check out our sponsor page! See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at


This is the Bigger Pockets Podcast Show 715. It doesn't take that many properties to achieve financial freedom. I was financially free when I was still working as a cop from the first six or seven properties that I bought. So it doesn't take that many. It just takes the right goals, the right plan, and the right actions. That's it. What's going on everyone? This is David Green, your host of the Bigger Pockets Real Estate Podcast. The biggest, the best, the baddest real estate investing podcast in the freaking world. We're here with you today to help all of us go a little bit deeper on our journey to financial freedom through real estate. And I'm psyched. Lately, at the beginning of every year, I've been getting more and more and more into setting better goals for the year.

You may have noticed that Brandon Turner does the same thing. The older we get, the more we start to realize how important it is to set goals. Because if you don't set goals, you will achieve all the goals that you didn't set. You're also very likely to achieve the goals you did set. So in today's podcast, we're actually going to be bringing you a webinar I did for the Bigger Pockets community, specifically about how to make 2023 the best year you've ever had. Now, keep listening, because you're going to hear more about how to do that in today's episode as we cover goal setting, time tracking, creating a lead funnel and the lap system, deal analysis, and so much more. I actually analyze a deal live on the show, so if you guys want to hear what the initial steps of analysis can look like, how simple they can be, and how to find properties that you should avoid in 2023, a time where it is more important than ever to avoid buying the wrong deals because of this crazy market we're in, then please follow along. Today's quick tip is, consider setting some goals for yourself. I'm going to be having another goal setting retreat coming up in Arizona because I think these are so important. And in today's show, we're talking all about goal setting. We just started a new year. There is no better time to set goals than right now.

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and New Year 2023 to save 50% off one year of Rent Ready. All right, so without any more ado, let's get into today's show about making 2023 the best year you've ever had. Do you want 2023 to be different than 2022? I sure hope so. And by different, I mean better. Do you want more real estate? Do you want more passive income? Do you want more flip opportunities? And do you want more time with your family and friends? Do you want to travel more? Could this be your pivot year? That's a pretty cool thought, right?

Like, could 2023 be a year you look back at and say, my life changed in 2023? Could it be the start of your stack? The stack is a cool strategy where you buy a property, then next year you buy two, and then next time you buy four, and then eight. And it doesn't have to be every year, but it could be. And eventually you end up with hundreds and hundreds of properties, or at least units, but it all started with the first one. Well, here's something to remember, that life doesn't get better by chance, it gets better by change. This is a quote by Jim Rohn. And today is all about how to make that change, just like I did. How to make 2023 your best real estate investment year ever. Here's the problem with resolutions that everyone seems to make every year. They're not specific enough. There's no plan to reach it, and there's no way to force action.

I want you to think about the typical New Year's resolution. Okay, it doesn't have to be what you make, but what do a lot of people say? I want to lose weight. Couple things come to mind about that. I think all of us want to lose weight or gain muscle or something like that. There's never a point we don't want that. So what the heck is different about January 1st or December 31st than any other time? Okay, the gold isn't really meaning anything. How are you going to lose weight? Why do you want to lose weight? What is your plan to go about losing weight? You see what I'm saying?

It's too general of an idea and it's not going to work. Studies have shown that approximately 80% of New Year's resolutions fail. And many of the people over the years, including myself, have written about new approaches needed to achieve our big goals and resolutions, including naming them differently, approaching them differently, and viewing them differently. You know, Forbes article about the top three reasons why New Year's resolutions fail. I also have been featured in Forbes. So if you Google David Green at Forbes, you'll find a bunch of the stuff I wrote for them. What's this ship change formula? Having the right goals, the right plan, and the right actions. Because as someone who has become a multimillionaire through real estate and found financial freedom, I can tell you guys, it is not complicated. It isn't easy. It's very simple. Like I kind of started off the first 12 or 13 minutes of this webinar, talking about the stuff that's going to be in the book.

And if any of you have any degree of intelligence, I'm sure you were like, yeah, that sounds like common sense. Why does someone need to put it in a book? Because nobody does it. That's the thing. It is easy, but no one does it. Got to have the right goal, the right plan, and the right actions to get the right result. By the end of this webinar, you'll have a day-to-day plan for actually achieving your goal, which is very empowering for you if you stick around all the way to the end. Here's our agenda for today. We're going to have free door prizes if you stay to the end. No one's going to be mad about that. I'm going to talk to you about bigger pockets. We're going to talk about the 11 tips for making 2023 incredible, which I truly hope is the case for every single person here.

We're going to get into Harold's example and include a real life deal search and analysis. We're going to get into tools and tips to help you blast off, and then we're going to have the giveaway, which you must stay at and all the way to the end because we're going to give away for you guys to sign up for the giveaway, and then we're going to have a question and answer period before we call it. So now you know what to expect. Some of the door prizes right? Well, first off, you're going to get the slideshow that we have right now. So if you stick around, we're going to give you the URL where you can find that. You're also going to get this workbook, which is designed to help you set powerful goals that actually become a reality. So stick around for that too. You're also going to get a media network here. You're going to get to hear actionable stories from other real estate investors from our four YouTube channels. If you just follow bigger pockets. So if you're here for a webinar, you don't know what bigger pockets is.

There's a ton of information. There is not a better place in the world to teach people how to invest in real estate. And that's why I'm here. There's not even a close second. There's nothing you can compare to how valuable bigger pockets is compared to anything else. It's a free member community. It doesn't cost anything to join the community. There's a pro membership that all the benefits of a free membership plus access to tool services and exclusive additional content to help you reach financial freedom faster. So think about the pro membership. Like there's nothing that stops a handyman from building a deck or offense, but the pro membership is like equipping you with a nail gun and knowledge of build a deck and access to people that build decks all the time and ways that you can find new clients. It's like actually helping you build a business instead of just having a hobby. There's an agent finder tool where you can quickly find local investor friendly real estate agents who can help you find analyze and close your next deal.

Well, we've got books, tons of books. If you go to slash store, you can see all the books that bigger pockets has to offer and events. Join a local meetup or attend the annual BPCon to network with the community and learn from experts. BPCon is a blast. We just had one in San Diego. Next year is going to be in Orlando. I highly recommend you go there. It's one of the most fun times you will ever have at BP. We believe that real estate investing is the greatest tool on the planet for the average person to build wealth and passive income. It's not get rich quick. The goal of real estate is not to simply get rich, but to live an amazing life of freedom to do what you were meant to do. Anyone can invest in real estate, no matter how much money experience time or connections they have.

It's one reason I love it. Let's talk about my slow start and what went wrong. Okay. I started young, but there's people that start a lot younger. I almost gave up. My first rental property went terribly. Okay. And I almost didn't get into real estate because I was watching home prices climbing really fast and thinking I'll never be able to buy real estate. I just happened to not get involved in the frenzy. And I waited until the market dropped before I bought, but to be honest with you, that wasn't a plan. Like I didn't know that was going to happen. It just ended up happening.

And I had the money saved up to take advantage of it when it did, which is why a lot of my advice goes towards learn how to save your money and be prepared for opportunity rather than trying to force it. If it's not there, I bought stuff in the meantime, I spent, uh, God, it was like $25,000 on a really nice Roush cougar. So everyone, if they're in a must things, they've heard of Roush mustings. I had one of only a hundred cougars that were modified by Roush super cool, metallic red, low profile tires. The car was lowered, souped up. Really, really nice. Everyone loved it. Really cool body kit. And I, it was a bad decision, man. Like not only did it get keyed all the time when those low profile tires were constantly having problems happen. I ended up not able to flip the house because I was short by about $11,000. And if I wouldn't have bought that $25,000 car, if I would have bought a 10 or $15,000 car and just bought like a new civic or something, I would have had the money to flip a house and make about 50 grand with my partner.

So we, the how the total deal would have been a hundred grand. My split would have been 50. And I learned a powerful lesson about how buying stuff is not smart to do when you have a bigger plan. I didn't know what to look for it at the time though, because we didn't have webinars when I was getting started. So I just bought more stuff. I tried to manage it myself and continue. And then I lost the desire to continue. I struggled and decided to start living proactively setting goals to find my processes. It started taking massive action around that time. I basically realized like, okay, I want to get out of the restaurant industry. I was in college. I didn't know what I wanted to do.

I graduated with a psychology degree. I got into law enforcement and I was like, Ooh, in this place, I can work as much over time as I can handle. And I can take responsibility for the direction of my financial future. And when I had that combined with my knowledge of how to invest in real estate is where I started to make really big progress and eventually become a billionaire. It doesn't take that many properties to achieve financial freedom. Okay. You may hear me talk about, uh, really expensive property. I bought Scottsdale with Rob Ababa solo, who I do the podcast with, or Brandon Turner buying $50 million apartments. Okay. Like I do share some of the cool stuff that I've done. I wanted to inspire people, but you don't need that to become financially free. I was financially free when I was still working as a cop from the first six or seven properties that I bought.

So it doesn't take that many. It just takes the right goals, the right plan, and the right actions that's it. So if you don't know who I am and you've been listening to me talk a lot, here's why I'm speaking from this position of authority. This is my bio, but it's not everything cause you don't need to hear everything that I do, but I own rental properties. I flip blip houses. I own commercial properties. I'm the co-host of the bigger pockets podcast. I've written by rehab, rent, refinance repeat, longest since terrific investing. The top producer agent series for bigger pockets. I run the David green, team, which is one of the top real estate agent teams in California, where you can come to us. We will help represent you buying property or selling your house for top dollar. I run the one brokerage, which is one of the top producing mortgage companies in the country where we help investors in in all 50 States finance their real estate.

Um, I run masterminds. I write books. Basically I've given my life to the service of helping other people escape the trap, the trap of being a debt, the trap of working a job. You don't like the trap of not knowing how to invest your money or not knowing how to save your money or not having the information needed to make progress in life. And so that's what I'm here today to help you guys with. If you want, you can follow me at David green 24. We talked about that a little bit earlier. Please do though. I'd love it. If you guys would send me a DM, especially if you're, you live near me or you're interested in getting contacted with one of my loan officers, you want to hear about loan products that I'm using, you want to know what market we're buying in all of that stuff, please reach out to me. So what's the key to success? Because if you've heard what I'm saying, and you're like, well, that sounds good.

I don't think I'd want his, uh, bald head. I don't know that I'd want those bags under his eyes, but there's some other things about David that I kind of like, I wouldn't mind having these parts of his life, what's the key to that? It's goals, plans, and actions GPA. That's what we call it. Not grade point average. Okay. That's what they teach you in the educational system, in the entrepreneurial world, GPA is goals, goals, plans, and actions. It's not about wanting a better life. It's about having a plan to get a better life. Now let's walk through exactly how to do that. First off, you got to define your why. I'm going to tell you shortly why this is important, but it is really important.

And if I often talk about wanting something versus liking something, the first blog post I ever wrote for bigger pockets was actually about the same topic. If I said to any of you here, do you want a six pack? You'd all be like, yeah, I do. And then I'd say, well, why don't you have one? What did you do yesterday to get one? And you'd give me a little head scratch and I'm not quite sure. That doesn't make sense. Yeah. If I want a six pack, why did I eat that cookie? Um, like the fact is you don't want a six pack. You would like a six pack. Now, if you said, Oh, I went to the gym yesterday.

This is only foods that I'm eating, I measuring all the time. I have this plan to do this, many workouts and eat this many calories and only eat this kind of food. And I'm measuring my blood sugar to make sure I'm doing it right. I would say that person wants a six pack. Okay. The rest of us, I don't get to say that David green does not get to say he wants a six pack. I have to say, if I'm being honest with myself. I would like a six pack. What that means is if the six pack fairy came and touched me on the stomach with their wand, I would accept it. Yeah. I'll let you give me a six pack. That's very different than wanting one.

And I want you guys to understand this because I don't lie to myself. It stops you from being successful. If you tell yourself, I want financial freedom, but you're not doing anything to get it, you're lying. You would like financial freedom. If you say, I want that car, I want to be married. I want to be a millionaire, but you can't show me your plan. Your GPA to get there. You don't want it. You'd like it. And there's nothing wrong with that. Okay. Like you don't need to have a six pack.

You don't need to be a millionaire, we need financial freedom if you like your job, keep working the life you have, but you're probably not here because of that's the case. And that's why I'm starting off making you eat your vegetables. Okay. This is the hard truth. If you don't define your why, you're never going to get out of liking into wanting. And it's not until you get into wanting, real wanting that you'll actually put the plan together to get out of where you are and get into a better place. Let's look at Harold. Harold is tired of working his nine to five job. He wants to spend more time with his kids. He wants to see them grow up and he also wants to spend more time traveling the world. Talk about commitment. Okay.

This is something that a lot of people think they understand and they really don't understand. Harold doesn't just desire freedom. He's committed to it 100%. There's no other option. Commitment is how you move from like to want. So I always tell this story. This is where I first understood this concept between like and want. So I'm in high school. It's my junior year. My team is very good. The seniors that were playing there a year ahead of me, only three of us on the whole team or juniors. So all the rest was seniors.

That group had won the championship at every level up to the point, except for the year before when they were juniors. So they're very talented. It was very hard to be on that team. We were ranked number two in the state for our division and we have a new coach who his dad was a division one college basketball coach and he had just got done playing division one college basketball. And they had gone to the NCAA tournament. They had one games against teams. They shouldn't have won. I think they made it to the sweet 16 incredibly, incredibly smart mind. And he asked us all to practice one day, who here wants to be a better shooter? Cause this is the thing when you play basketball, your coaches don't really care. If you miss that, I just want to know your form is good. And you took a good shot.

They don't really look at the results. Okay. But he'd been playing at a high level with a lot of accountability where they actually do look at. Are you actually making it? He got tired of seeing us miss. And he said, who wants to be a better shooter? And everyone on the team raised their hand. He said, okay, keep your hand up. If you stayed after practice to yesterday to practice your shooting and me and Scottie Thompson were the only two guys that kept our hands up. He said, that's what I thought. I'm tired of you guys lying to yourselves because now you're lying to me, get on the line and everyone has to run. And we ran and we ran and we ran until we were exhausted.

Like I don't even know, we touched the ball for the rest of the practice. It was horrible. And his point was pretty clear. If you wanted to be a better shooter, you would have been here yesterday working on your shot. You don't. So that's what I understood. Yeah. We just would like to be a better shooter. Scotty and I are the only two that actually want to be better. Right. We were committed to getting better at shooting. So we stayed after practice to get some attention from the coaches and to work on our shooting.

And it's not a surprise like Scotty and I would always end up on the same team at shooting competitions. And we won them every, I probably won like 90% of those competitions that we would have as a team. Cause we were committed. I want you guys to have the same success that I had at shooting in high school basketball with your finances, which is much more important. Define your five year vision. If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up someplace else. That is a great quote from a Yogi Berra. And you guys ever want to, uh, entertaining time. Google Yogi Berra quotes, but it's a really good point. I heard I saw a post on social media today that said, if you don't have a destination, you'll never know if the trade wins are favorable. You don't know where you're going. You're just, you don't know if the direction you're headed in is the right direction or the wrong direction.

Where do you want to be in the next five years. What job do you want? What kind of income do you want? Do you want any passive income or not? How much free time do you want? And what kind of relationships do you want? In five years, Harold wants to be generating $5,000 a month in passive income from rental properties, as well as doing two flips per year for a total income of $100,000. Harold is pretty clear on what he wants his life to look like. And he's committed to getting there. He just doesn't know exactly what he has to do to do it. To be on track to hit your five-year goals, what do you need to accomplish in 2023? This is what I want you guys to go ahead and take a picture of the screen.

And most of you don't know, which is fine, but it's not fine if you continue to not know after today. You need to make a list, write it in a notepad, put it in the note section of your phone, whatever you're going to do, take your kids' crayons and draw it out. What do you need to accomplish in 2023? If you want to hit your five-year goal at minimum, you need to understand what your plan is. Now set a one-year goal because you have to know where you want to be in five years. And then you can say, well, what's the first step I need to take that I want to do in one year? This year, Harold has committed to purchase his first two single family homes. Not a huge, huge, huge goal. He's not trying to buy 200 properties. He wants to buy two single family homes. That's doable. He could probably get the first one as a primary residence with an FHA loan is 3.5% down, depending how much homes cost in your neighborhood.

I don't want to make it sound like that. It's nothing. But if you live in an area where homes are $300,000, you can get in on a house with an FHA loan and closing costs for 15 grand. Okay. Like I think most of you here have the capability of saving $15,000. Now, if he does that, and then he wants to buy a second house, he's either got to say, do I have enough to put 20% down? Can I put 10% down and get a vacation home? Can I partner with somebody else to come up with some of the money? Can I borrow the money from someone else? How much more work would I have to work or how much overtime would I have to do to get there, then you contact someone like me and we, we go through your loan options and you see where you need to be. And you get connected with an agent through the bigger pockets agent finder and they start showing you what the homes look like that's already a lot of steps of action that that Harold can take from just this one, one year commitment. Okay.

And we're not even on step 13 yet of this whole slide show here. Right? Like we're just getting started. And already, if you stopped right now, you have way more direction than what you had when you showed up for what this can look like. A goal is a dream with a deadline. That's Napoleon Hill. If you don't put a deadline on your goals, I'm sorry, on your dreams, they don't become goals. Otherwise you're just wishing. And when you're wishing, what happens is you're hoping that someone shows up and says, Hey, I have this cash flowing rental property that's growing in equity. It makes my life better than I don't want anymore. Will you take it off my hands? And since we know life doesn't work that way, it doesn't make sense to keep waiting for life to hand you what you want to be on track to hit your one year goal, what do you need to accomplish in quarter one?

Think about that. Harold wants to buy two homes. What does he have to accomplish in the first quarter to make sure that happens? Number five is set a Q one goal. We're getting into the nitty gritty here. This is good stuff. The great thing about having a 12 week year is that the deadline is always near enough that you never lose sight of it. It provides a time horizon that is long enough to get things done yet short enough to create a sense of urgency and a bias for action. It's human nature that we behave differently when a deadline approaches. We procrastinate less, we reduce or eliminate avoidance activity. And we focus more on the things that matter. You see, when you think you have 20 years to accomplish what you want, you'll move at a 20 year pace when you think you got one quarter, you move a lot faster.

And people that move faster consistently over a long period of time, really win the race and beat the competition of those who think that they have all the time in the world, by the end of Q1, Harold plans to have one year to get one property under contract. So define your weekly process, is going to be number six, every result that you desire is proceeded by a process that is required to produce the result. When you define your process and commit to it for an extended period of time, the results take care of themselves. Brandon Turner and I were listening to How L rod speak at a Go calendars event when we heard him say this and were like, it's that simple. Every result you desire is proceeded by a process that is required to produce it. find the process and then commit to it for an extended period of time. The results take care of themselves. So if I said I want to build a bench, press 250 pounds, that is a result. I want that is preceded by the desire to do it. I want to be able to do that. Well, what's the process to get there? Start working on my bench press and slowly adding weight every single time I get to the point where it's not that hard anymore.

If I commit to that process, it's impossible for me to not bench 250 pounds. Now, some of you may say, why would you say 250 David? And your chest looks pretty good. Why didn't you say 300? Well, what stops me from going to 300 once I did you 250, you don't usually just stop setting goals for yourself. When you achieve it, there's nothing wrong with Harold's goal of getting two properties. There's nothing that says that's the last goal he's going to make, right? It's just this understanding that every result is preceded by a process required to produce it. And if you're on track with your process, you will just end up getting the result, this is what the real estate funnel looks like. All right. We call it the lapse funnel. It stands for leads analysis, pursue success.

That's the acronym lapse. I want you to go ahead and take a picture of this screen. This is how simple finding and acquiring real estate can be. Each week, Harold will analyze five real estate deals that he gets from the MLS and we'll make offers on at least one of those. He will also listen to two real estate podcasts a week and will read real estate by the numbers, which you can find at the bigger pocket store. Now, if you want to understand what you're doing with the lapse funnel, it starts with leads. Okay. So I can use this example for anything, my real estate business, my mortgage company, the properties I'm buying for myself, even the process of hiring people, they all follow the same pattern. A lead is a thing that could work for what you want. This can be employee that I'm interviewing. This could be one of you who says I wanted to get a loan. That's a lead or a person that says, Hey, David, I want you to help sell my house.

That's a lead. You might have something that I am interested in. Okay. And I'm a lead to you by the way, in those situations. But when it comes to rental properties, leads are people who own homes or homes that are on the market that might work for what you want. After you find a lead, you analyze it. I would interview the person. Would you be a good fit for my company? I would talk to you. Are you a good client for my real estate team or my loan company? Uh, I would analyze a property. Is it going to make money or is it going to lose money for the ones that pass the analysis stage, I pursue it.

If it's a rental property, that means writing an offer. If it's a real estate client, it would be, let's sign a listing agreement and I will sell your home. If it's a mortgage company client, I would say, Hey, let's get a loan application filled out and get you preapproved. You see what I'm saying? It's very simple. And then if after the pursuit, you just find success. Some of these offers will be accepted. Some of those people will come work for my company. Some of those people sign the listing agreement. This is all it takes to run a big company. You're just doing these four things. It gets so confusing when you let people talk you into it, but it's not.

Now, every one of these four things involves what? Skills. Where do you find leads? You gotta be good at that. Can you find off-market leads? Do you find on-market leads? Do you know how to analyze? If I don't know what I'm looking for in someone to hire, it's simple to work this process, but I won't be good at it. If I don't know, if I don't have a listening presentation and I can give someone or understand how to get them to sign a listening agreement, it doesn't matter if I'm analyzing them, I can't pursue anything. If I don't know how to analyze a rental property looking at leads all day long doesn't do me any good. Once I've analyzed it and I like it I have to pursue it if I'm too scared to do it or if I don't know what the due diligence process looks like in buying a rental property. I'm not gonna pursue it.

I'm just gonna sit back or when I pursue I make a bad decision. And if I don't pursue anything I'll have no success. The funny thing is there's four steps to a lapse funnel, but I can take out the last one because success is not a step or a thing you do. It's just what happens. You only do three things. I cut it in half or I cut it by 25%. You look for leads, you analyze them, you pursue them. That's all you're doing over and over and over. That's what every single business is doing. All right, and before the next section of our show, let's hear it from today's show sponsors. 99% of the properties out there are not good deals. You have to analyze for the best deals.

Let's analyze one together. I'm gonna show you guys just how simple it could be to analyze the deal when you have the right tools, you know what you're doing, okay? So this is the property that we are going to analyze. It is a four bedroom, two bathroom home. That's 14 and 11 square feet on Sanford Road in Memphis, Tennessee, currently receiving 1425 a month in rent, all right? So I'm going to memorize this 508 Sanford Road, Memphis, Tennessee. I'm gonna have to stop sharing my screen. All I had to do was I just went to Tools and then Rent Estimator brought me right to the screen I'm at right now. So this is 508 Sanford Road and I'm looking for Memphis, here we go. So Bigger Pockets recognizes this address and it says, oh, let's look up all the other houses that are for rent in the area, all right? Right now it's analyzing for a one bedroom. I have to let them know it's a four bedroom and two bath because that's what the description said.

Chest details shows me the medium rent is 1150. Now, do I know it's gonna be 1150? I'm not sure. It is a stark difference from the 1425 that was advertised, wouldn't you agree? Now that doesn't mean the person was advertising it incorrectly. They could be telling the truth. There also could be some fishiness going on there, okay? What we do is we look at these other comps and we try to figure out like, hey, are other units rented for different prices? So this one's only 1125, this one's 1425, this one's 1500, this one's 1500, this one's 14. A lot of these properties are starting to get up into the higher numbers, which makes me think that maybe the person advertising it wasn't wrong. It's probably worth continuing to look into, right? I can also look, and I can see like, where are the properties located?

Okay, so this one right here is on the eastern side of the map, this one here, eastern side of the map, this one here, eastern side, okay. Is there patterns? It looks to me like the more expensive ones are, okay, that one is pretty cheap. So I wonder if that was actually smaller. Yeah. Three bed, one and a half, 1200 square feet. You're also going to find that sometimes the people who are renting these out have been renting like this person might have rented it out years ago, right? Like the rents might be really low because they've never actually increased the rent because of either rent control or they've just chosen not to. So don't get freaked out when you see a difference between 1100 and 1400. I always verify these with property managers before, but from what I've seen so far, there's reason to believe that this house could be rented for 1400, even if we don't know that we can write away. So we're going to keep in mind that we're going to assume that the rent on this property is around 1400. We're going to analyze it at 1400 and see if this looks like it's actually a good investment or not.

We're going to click on tools. Sorry. The zoom is getting in the way of me navigating the screen here, tools, and then calculators and rental property. That's simple. Start a new report street address. We're going to put in 508 Sanford road. I put sand, see how like nothing's popping up. That's cool because the software knows that doesn't exist. I take that out and we can find Memphis, Tennessee somewhere. There we go. So now it's going to import the data that we just looked at, which is awesome. It's doing this for me.

Okay. The import has been successful. Now I'll remember that the rent was like 1100 or something. We'll get to that actually a little bit here. We'll start up at the top with a purchase price for the property. I believe they were asking back to where we were in a slide show. It's always hard when I jump around between screens and I remember it. All right. They were asking 165. So that's the price that we're going to put under purchase price 165123. The closing costs. Let's just assume they're going to be around $5,000.

Now let's say you're saying, David, I don't, how would I know closing costs? I'm not like you. I don't sell houses every single day sitting in your office with the blue life behind you. Well, that's okay. If you click on calculate and closing costs, the software will actually tell you, here's how you can determine what they might be. It's usually one to 2% of the purchase price. So they shouldn't be somewhere between like 1650 and 3200. I went really high with 5,000 just to be extra conservative. But whatever you're using the bigger pocket software, you will find there's all of these little descriptions that help you know, like what should I put? How do I work the calculator here? We're going to assume that we're putting 20% down on this property that we're buying it as an investment property. Let's put an interest rate of 7% because it's an investment property.

That's right around where they are. No points. And you always want to put 30 years because most loans are going to be a 30 year fixed rates loan monthly rental income. Okay. It imported the data at 1,035 and you can run it at that number if you want, but it's telling you something even more important. Its confidence is low in that number. Meaning there, the comps are all over the place. It could be 1700. It could be a thousand, right? It's not super confident in that number. So for the purposes of analysis, now I want to make sure there's always a person that jumps in and goes, you put a higher number because you think it's always going to be great. No, I don't.

I don't think the rent's going to be 1400. I'm analyzing it as if it was 1400. I would never buy this house unless I contacted a property manager who rents in the area or real estate investor who rents in the area and said, what rent are you getting on your property? That's like mine. Okay. So we're going to put the 1450 a month, which is what I believe the person said in the advertisement. They're currently getting, and there are comps that support that. So there's nothing wrong with starting with this number. Now we're going to look at property taxes. Well, how do you determine what those are? Okay. It's usually around 1% of the property's value for the year.

So in this case, if we buy it for 165, we're going to be paying 1650 a year. The insurance. Let's assume that's going to be about $50 a month. Repairs and maintenance. We're going to budget 5% of the rents to go towards that. We're going to budget 5% to go towards vacancy. We're going to budget 5% towards capital expenditures. Capital expenditures are money you set aside to fix big things like the roof or the air conditioner going out. We're going to assume we're going to pay 8% in management fees to manage this thing. And the tenants are going to pay for the electricity, the gas, the water, the sewer. There's no HOA fees in this area. So we're going to go ahead and take that out.

And the, actually, you know what? Did they mention that there was HOA fees? I don't see anything there, but see bigger pockets imported it. So they might have HOA fees. They're definitely not 500 a month, like not, not for a house of that price. So what you could do if you find out that there is HOA fees is you go back in and you just, it saves this information before you just pop that in and see what your numbers look like. Once it's been included, I've explained this whole thing to you guys. I bounced around it a couple of times. Like I took time to show you all the different pieces and it still only took us a couple of minutes. Very, very quick. All right. Now here's what the calculators do for you.

It shows this property would make about $53 a month. If the income of 1450 ends up being the case with the expenses that we've put in. Now, they can be even better if you get the house for less or if the rent ends up being more, or it could be worse if you got to pay over asking price or if the rent ends up being less. Okay. It's only as good as the numbers you put in, but for now we get a pretty good picture of what this property would look like. Right. That $53 a month is a, is a little less. It's about one and a half percent of cash on cash ROI. So you can see that the total cash needed is about $38,000 and that 53 a month would be about a 1.68% return on your money. The mortgage would be 878. And then with the additional expenses we talked about, they would come out to about 1396. This right here shows the breakdown.

As you can see, the majority of our expenses are in the mortgage, which is $878. The taxes show that there are 137. You can see where the money is being spent on the expenses. Your net operating income and the money you could expect to make in a year is about $11,178. And the cash on cash return is not super solid. So right off the bat, this is like, yeah, this probably isn't a great property to pursue. The cash on cash returns isn't really high enough to get me super excited about it. I would either write it at a lower price or I would skip it and move on to another house. But do you see how valuable it is to not pursue the wrong property? Because you can tell the cash on cash returns isn't there. You're not writing offers and hoping that the properties turn out to be good. You know, before you go into it, what to expect.

Now let's say that you're like, well, I really liked the house, but I don't like the return. Let me click the edit button and let me go back and let's adjust. What if I offered 135,000? Because this house has been sitting on the market for a while. And what if I asked the seller to buy down my rate? That's something at the one brokerage that we advise our clients to do. And we actually help them with that sometimes. Sorry, let me, we're going to buy the rate down to 6.25. Okay. If I change that, I pay less for the house and I buy down the rate. Let's see what happens to the numbers here. Our cash on cash return bumps up to just about 10%, 9.99.

Now that's not terrible. Is that going to make me jump and say, I'm buying that house? No, but if I liked the neighborhood, it probably would. At least I'm going to write the offer. Okay. It's 266 a month. If I just offer less for the home and I have the seller buy down my interest rate, this calculator empowers you to make smart decisions. So now you go to your agent and you say, write the offer for $135,000. My mortgage broker said, I need a credit of $6,000 to buy my rate down to 6.25 from seven. So I want the sellers to give me a closing cost credit of $6,000. No, make it $8,000 because they might counter me and I want them to come down to the six. Okay.

This is how we play the game. So now you write the offer on this lead that we just analyzed. We had a lead, we analyze it with the software. We tell our agent, this is the offer that I want to write. We have them write that up. We go find another lead. We analyze another house. Oh, it's not going to work. Well, what if the rent was a little bit higher? Let me call the property. Oh, this, this property could go for 1700, but not 1450. Let's run the numbers there.

Okay. I will write an offer for this house with an inspection contingency. And if I find out that the rent is not 1700, I'll just back out, get my, get my money back. Okay. This is how simple the lapse funnel actually is. And you guys are getting to see how easy bigger pockets can make this for you. All right. I'm going to look at some of your guys's questions here. Anything over 10% I like that's from Carl. Amen. That's pretty cool. Um, is this calculator part of the free BP membership Marlene?

That's a really good question. You get a couple of uses of it as a free BP member, but if you want unlimited uses, we're going to talk about how you can get those. It's very cheap. It's probably like the cheapest thing in all of real estate. Um, what's a good cash on cash return? Okay. Gabrielle, that is a difficult question because it really depends. If the property isn't going to appreciate it at all, I would want to see a minimum of 10%. If it's one of those like properties, it just, there's no value add and it's not going to appreciate, or it's going to need a lot of work. 10% is my minimum. If it's in an area that appreciates a lot and there's high demand and low supply, I'm okay. Going down to a one, two, 3% cash on a cash return for year one.

It better not be that way for the next five years. Okay. But there is a balancing act here. If I'm going to buy a house like on the beach in a gray area, that's super hard to get into. And I can go fix it up and I can make it worth more. And I'm going to add 200,000 of equity. I'm okay. If it's a 1% return, I'm okay if it breaks even in that case, because I know that the rent's going to go up every year and it's going to become a great return later. But if this house is just one out of a million in a huge division with tons of properties, it needs to be at least 10%. That's the basic rules of thumb that I use. Here's what I want you guys to understand. This calculator not only helps you find the right properties, it helps you avoid the wrong ones.

It is even more important to not buy the wrong properties than it is to buy the right properties. And you saw just how easy bigger pockets can make it for you to do that. Number seven, plan your week, the attention journal by Brandon Turner. This is one of the things that he lives by. People that are planners love this thing. You get to come in and write down all of the goals that you have for the week. And Brandon starts his morning off every single morning with coffee and his journal. I've seen him do it time and time again. And we recommend that you do the same thing. If you're a planner on Sunday night, Harold spends 30 minutes looking at his counter and time blocking his weekly process. You will analyze deals between noon and noon 30 each weekday. Number eight, execute daily.

You kind of change what you get in life unless you change what you do and even more so who you are. So rather than just identifying goals, identify habits and traits that you will turn into that will turn you into the kind of person in which those goals would just be a normal part of life. If I wanted a bench for a sooner 50 pounds, I just have to change my habits and my identity to the person that goes to the gym and bench progresses whenever his chest isn't sore. Right? Harold ends up analyzing two deals per day greater than his goal requires. He's also submitting several offers per week, sometimes just verbally. Cause like I said, when you work the laps funnel, you want to get as many reps in as you can. Number nine, track your progress. Harold tracks his progress daily, noting the number of deals he's analyzed and the number of offers he's made. Be persistent. Harold joins a small mastermind group of four peers working on the real estate investing business. Each week they meet for 60 minutes to outline goals, set commitments, and encourage one another to be persistent.

He also journals every single morning because he is persistent with his actions. He finally gets his first offer accepted a single family home that he estimates will produce $300 in positive cashflow, use bigger pockets to help fill the gaps because no one can do it all on their own. Although Harold didn't know exactly what he was doing, he asked questions in the forums, met local investors and asked for vendor recommendations, analyzed potential deals, and even found a partner willing to fund it all through networking on bigger pockets. Let's wrap things up with two simple questions for you. Number one, do you want to make 2023 the year that changes everything for you? I sure hope so, but that needs to be your desire. And number two, do you believe that if you have the right why a full commitment and the right goals, the right plan, you take the right actions and you stay persistent long enough that you will find the success that you want. Do you believe that if you don't believe it, nothing here really matters. I don't need to give you guys a system that you can work to make 2023 better. If you don't believe this is going to happen. Do you believe it that you could find the success that you want? If you really want to do something, you'll find it away.

And if you don't, you'll find an excuse. And this is so true. If I really want to bench-press 250 pounds, I'll find a way to get in the gym. I'll wake up earlier. I'll do it at the end of the night. I'll move things around on my schedule. I'll take calls when I'm at the gym. Cause really you're only bench pressing for 12 seconds at a time. And then you're taking big breaks between sets. There's so many ways that you could set your life up if you really want to do something. If I don't really want to get there, I'll find an excuse. My schedule is too full.

I can't get there at time. I'm too tired at the end of the day. I have a phone call to make. What do you want me to do? I can't help it. There's this is how life works. If you want to do it, you'll find a way. And if you don't, you'll find an excuse. If you answered yes to these questions, let's look at some tools that can help you minimize risk, increase your confidence and blast off in 2023. The best one that I know of is Bigger Pockets Pro. Bigger Pockets Pro helps you get started analyzing properties and get your next deal faster. The analyze investment properties in minutes and determine is which are the ones worth pursuing with unlimited access to analysis calculators and the rent and rehab estimators.

So I showed you guys one thing Bigger Pockets Pro has. It has a ton. I just went through the one that was the fastest to show you on this webinar. This is an example of what it looks like when you analyze a property. It does all the hard work for you. Okay. This is like the contractor that has a nail gun. Just drop the nail gun on the wood. The nail goes right in. You don't have to hammer it. You don't have to make mistakes and hit your thumb and get tired and get blisters and spend all day bending over and hurting your back trying to analyze properties by hand. Okay.

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If you want to become a bill in a real estate, you'll figure out a way to do it. If you don't, you'll find an excuse. So here's the hard thing. Whatever your brain is telling you right now is what's in your heart. If your brain is saying I don't need you to do this. It's not for me. It doesn't matter. I can do it without it. I'll just willpower my way to millions. I'm going to be a crypto investor anyway. I bought an NFT and it's going to rebound. If that's what your brain is saying, your heart is looking for the excuse.

If your brain is saying, I need to do something different, I cannot have another year like the one last year, it's not changing on its own. This is pretty big. Okay. That's yourself looking for a way. So if you really want it, that's the step your subconscious will tell you. And if your subconscious is giving you excuses, you have to go have a tough look at the mirror and ask yourself, do you really want it? I hope I see you on the next webinar and please make sure you sign up. Daniel Rios, of course, you got one person. How do I go pro? All right. One last time, slash pro. There's going to be a little screen.

You're going to sign up for pro annual and you're going to use the code that we put on the screen to get 20% off. All right, guys. Thank you very much. I appreciate you all for being here. I hope your 2023 is better than your 2022. Thank you for your prayers and support of me. It's coming right back at you. I will see you on the next one. And that was our show. Hope that you guys liked it. I know I had a blast talking about this stuff. I know that my life was sort of just lived on the waves of the ocean going whichever way the current went for a long time.

The only thing I consistently did was save money and lo and behold, that's because I had goals regarding saving money, but I didn't have goals regarding anything else. So I didn't do anything else. It was only when I got out of law enforcement and I got into being a real estate agent and then running a real estate team and then having a mortgage company, and then writing books, and all the stuff that I talk about now that I realized, man, I needed a goal for every single one of those companies. And at the beginning of the year is where I set a goal for every business, every company, everything that I'm doing, everything I want to accomplish, both physically and in business and in relationships. And it makes a huge difference keeping me on the course throughout the year. I sincerely hope all of you do the same. If you'd like to follow along and see how well I'm accomplishing my goals throughout the year, you can do it on social media. I'm DavidGreen24 to spot everywhere. I made a commitment to start sharing how the progress has been going with my goals this year so you guys can follow along and randomly see. And as an Easter egg to all who listened all the way through the podcast, you get 20% off. Make sure you use that code bestyear23 at slash pro upgrade and you can cash it in there. Alright, we'll see you on the next one.

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