I’ve been investing for about 5 years (full-time for the last 2) and BiggerPockets is one of the best resources that I’ve come across for both beginners and advanced alike. There is a lot of good education out there. But look out! — because there is some crap out there as well, as I think we all know. The hardest thing for a beginner to do is to determine what’s good and what’s crap. The hardest.
Why is that? Well, to be frank, it’s because you don’t know crap. It’s not your fault. You’re new. Why would you know what you don’t know? You wouldn’t.
And this is where the gurus can pounce with their products and sell to the rookie investor – unfortunately the good products are mixed in with the bad. Which leads to why I genuinely find BiggerPockets to be a great resource for real estate investing education.
My first run-in with Bigger Pockets was about a year ago. I had a real estate investing question, googled it, and found some good feedback in the forum. I then ran into BiggerPockets a number of times when searching different investing topics. This led me to get involved and officially join the site.
The advantage that BiggerPockets has over other real estate investing educational sites is multi-faceted.
1) The site is made up of real people with real feedback. If you ask a question in the forum, expect to get multiple answers from different users. You can check their credentials if you like. I have personally contacted a number of people and had real discussions about particular topics. This is priceless.
2) You don’t get spammed. I joined a site similar to BP a while back (will remain nameless) and within a few hours I had 4-5 messages about all kinds of real estate junk — I deleted them all without reading. It’s not that they were bad resources, but the messages were uninvited – which is just as bad in my book.
3) The forum is a lot better formatted, organized, and easy to use than most other real estate investing forums out there – I’ve seen plenty.
Does this mean that BP is your end-all answer? No.
Am I touting is as such? No.
Am I saying that it’s an excellent resource to add to your arsenal? Yes.
Am I saying that it’s helped me personally through some of my successes? Yes.
So if you’ve only been skimming the surface then it’s time to dig a little deeper — Come on In, The Water’s Fine…
What are your thoughts on BiggerPockets.com?