Start with Strategy

Simplify your real estate goals with a portfolio plan that fits your personal values, resources, and skills.

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Real estate is a powerful way to build wealth and achieve financial freedom, but the investment options can be overwhelming. Should you flip houses or buy rental properties? Should you buy locally or invest out-of-state? In the wide world of real estate, it can be difficult to identify which strategy best supports your individual vision. There is no one-size-fits-all portfolio, and ongoing uncertainty can result in analysis paralysis, investing burnout, or losing sight of your values altogether.

In this book, Dave Meyer—host of the BiggerPockets On the Market podcast and best-selling author of Real Estate by the Numbers—gives you a practical framework to craft and execute YOUR personalized real estate plan. By combining foundational knowledge and actionable advice, this book will help condense your real estate dreams into a straightforward blueprint that you can follow for the rest of your investing career. When you Start with Strategy, you can achieve your financial goals with more confidence and certainty than ever before.

  • Create a personalized ‘buy-box’ to easily identify high-quality deals that are perfect for you

  • Assess your resources and find the best ways to allocate them

  • Develop long-term financial goals and a time horizon

  • Mitigate risk so your portfolio can withstand economic changes

  • Discover new ways to maximize returns and optimize growth across your portfolio

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Customer Rating and Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 41 reviews
Tyler D. (Tampa, FL)

Start with Strategy

Tilen P. (Norsborg, AB)
A very good introduction into real estate investing

This is a very good book for beginners. It explains the terminology well and introduces the foundation of real estate investing. The book is nicely laid out and by the end of it, you will have a good idea how to build your portfolio and how to measure its performance.

Jeff L. (Ponte Vedra, FL)
Would be a solid text book for colleges

I appreciate Dave’s ability to help someone create a solid process and plan for RE investing based on their personal
risk tolerance and preferences. The book is well thought out providing plenty of structure for new investors. A lot of the information is regularly talked about on BP and OTM pods which reinforces numerous investment strategies. The book has a friendly tone but could use a little more humor/entertainment value like the pods. Overall a 5/5 and would be a great gift for a new investor. Pairs well with the other BP books offering actionable incites throughout.

C. (Jacksonville, FL)

I'm loving the book.

Gregory E. (Boston, MA)
Fantastic book for beginners

This book is a great way to help people who have never invested in real estate. It walks through very basic things and expands to provide a solid, easy to follow foundation. The components of this book are very logically laid out.

About the Author

DAVE MEYER has spent his career working in the technology industry while also investing in real estate. In 2016, he took the opportunity to combine his professional passions for real estate and technology and joined BiggerPockets, where he now serves as the VP of Data and Analytics. Dave has been a rental property investor in Colorado since 2010 and invests passively nationwide. He's also the host of the BiggerPockets On the Market podcast, which started in 2022 and is growing rapidly as a one-stop source for all things real estate analytics. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, eating sandwiches, and being outside. He currently lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.