Below is a list of the websites and tools we strongly recommend for women real estate investors who want to grow their investment business and live purposeful lives. Many of them are free and everything else is very affordable (which should be music to your ears)!
Please note that we have personally used every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are critical to running our businesses. Before we share our list of resources, here is an important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a commission. Please understand that this commission comes at no additional cost to you. We have experience with all of these companies, and we recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something.
REAL ESTATE INVESTING EDUCATION
If you are not a member of BiggerPockets, then stop what you are doing and become a member immediately! Seriously, you need to be utilizing this phenomenal resource. It is free to join and is the largest social networking site for real estate investors. If you are ready to take your investing to the next level, the PRO membership is well worth the investment of money.
It is a phenomenal way to network, to learn, and to grow your business. There are some great calculators on the site that can be used for flipping, rental properties, etc. Plus you have the opportunity to meet some amazing like minded people. Andresa and Liz first met through BiggerPockets!
REAL ESTATE INVESTING TOOLS
If you own rental properties or you are managing properties, you probably know how frustrating it is trying to find the right key for the right unit. We used to have an enormous ring of keys that we would carry around to each building. Our frustration was solved with a great resource called LandlordLocks. We have been using Landlord Locks for over ten years now and would never use anything else! The best aspect about Landlord Locks is that they give you ONE master key to open all of your units, so instead of carrying around tons of keys, you are carrying around one.
Liz and her team has been managing rental properties for over 10 years. If you have 2 units or 200 units, you need to have a system, process, and tool in place to help you manage tenants and everything that comes along with tenant management. AppFolio caters to both small and large landlords. Great system to automate the application process, work orders and everything in between.
Cash Flow Analyzer
This real estate analysis is super helpful for real estate investors, agents and brokers. The Landlord's Cash Flow Analyzer Pro will help determine cash flow and investment return. The best part is that it provides reports that you can give your investors to pitch a deal to them. Want a 10% discount? Just type in “derosa” at the checkout page under “discounts.”
We have been using bluehost for many years now for web hosting. We also use bluehost to create simple property specific websites. Their services are amazing and their customer support is terrific.
Podio has so much to offer. It is designed to make tracking your leads and sales as easy as possible. It has task management and real time communication all in one place. It is also a great contact manager and also syncs with Mailchimp. Oh, and a lot of the features are free!
Great resource for marketing automation. Mailchimp provides an easy “drag and drop” marketing solution to send out newsletters to your contacts. It is so important in today’s market to stay in front of people. For a certain number of contacts, this resource is free too.
Canva allows you to create incredibly good looking email headers, social media posts, flyers, and newsletter headers. This allows the average person to look like they are super creative and a graphic wizard!
Slack is a messaging app for teams to better collaborate and communicate. For example, Andresa and Liz use slack to update each other (and their team) on progress on various projects. Great way to share updates and have a record of these updates all in one place.
A free app that allows you to scan files using your phone, convert it to pdf and share it with your team members. It saves a lot of time and paper!
One of our favorite apps that you can also have on your computer. Dropbox is a simple cloud based system where you can store all of your files and be able to access/share them wherever you are. It facilitates the organization of files and gives you the ability to share specific files with whomever you want.
This app that allows you to organize your to do list and check them off when you complete them. You have access to it to both your phone and laptop and it syncs wonderfully.
PERSONAL GROWTH TOOLS
Chances are if you are a super busy women investor, trying to “be it all,” and don’t have time to meditate, this is the EXACT reason you should begin meditating! Meditation and mindfulness has an amazing impact on all aspects of our lives and actually can change your brain! Calm is a great app with all types of meditations on all sort of topics such as stress, self-care, focus, calming anxiety, and happiness.