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Bridge loans on the front end are the key to successfully entering the BRRRR method.

BiggerPockets launched the BRRRR acronym a few years ago. BRRRR stands for Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat. This acronym outlines a helpful strategy for successful real estate investing. 

It centers around buying properties with built-in equity. After renovations, the investor can refinance therefore creating a sustainable cycle of investments. 

Strategic Loans

Instead of throwing a DSCR at the whole thing from the start, we suggest a different strategy of kickstarting your BRRRR cycle. 

1. Start with bridge loans.

The BRRRR method is all about sustainable investing. How can you use other people’s money to keep cash flowing in and out of your projects?

This means beginning with a loan that’s going to cover those starting costs so you can get ownership and claim that equity! Bridge loans are perfect for this (especially if you get a private money loan).

A bridge loan is more flexible than a DSCR so you can cover the purchase, rehab, even the closing costs. 

2. Add the DSCR.

Once you’re actually starting to rent out the property, that’s the time for the DSCR. DSCRs have more restrictions anyways, so they’re most effective when used for renting.

The DSCR can pay off the bridge loan and you can refinance the property for an even better outcome. 

The Beauty of the BRRRR Method

By using this loan strategy with the BRRRR method, we’ve worked with a client who was able to come up with a plan that should easily generate over $1,000/month of positive cash flow for himself. 

And it all started with strategically using other people’s money to enter the BRRRR cycle. 

This is the beauty of real estate investing. It’s accessible and profitable, even for beginners. 


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A DSCR loan is great, but they’ll come into play at a later part of the BRRRR process. 

Let’s start with a real scenario we encountered a few weeks ago. A client from Michigan called. He’s done flips before and even kept a few rentals, but he’s new to the BRRRR method. 

In the past, he’s always used partners or cash to fund his investing. However, this property needs more money.

He’s buying it for $200,000, putting approximately $22,000 of rehab into it, and we’ll estimate closing costs around $7,000. That’s a total of $229,000 for a pretty basic investment property. 

Where can this client find the money, and how can he leverage it to his advantage?

He wanted to know if he could take out a DSCR loan to kickstart the BRRRR process.

Can You Use a DSCR Loan to Begin the BRRRR Method?

The short answer is technically yes. However, since you don’t currently own the property, you can’t claim the equity in it just yet which makes it a not-so-great deal.

For our example client above, a DSCR loan will only cover up to 80% of the purchasing costs. This leaves 20% leftover — a large amount of cash that our client and a lot of newer investors simply don’t have.

Additionally, a DSCR loan won’t cover renovations or closing costs.

If you’re trying to exclusively use a DSCR for a BRRRR, you’re going to see the payments begin to add up really quickly.

It’s typically better to wait until later in the process to bring in the DSCRs.


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Buying on-market properties is a money-suck for real estate investors. Here’s why to use the BRRRR strategy instead.

There are a lot of ways to mess up the BRRRR method.

But when you understand it right, this real estate strategy creates cash flow and net worth almost out of thin air.

We want to put the power of BRRRR in your hands. This is the start of a series walking through the BRRRR process step-by-step.

Let’s begin with the fundamental idea behind BRRRR – the thing that gives this method its money-making magic. How does the BRRRR strategy create cash flow out of seemingly nothing?

BRRRR Property vs Buying Retail

This is the basic concept behind real estate investing. There are two types of real estate properties:

  • Retail – When we think of a house as “on the market,” it’s a retail property. These houses are sold at market price, a cost determined by current market conditions. In real estate, this includes supply, demand, location, interest rates, and a number of other factors.
  • Undermarket – Properties that might be considered “off-market” are sold at an under-market price. There’s something preventing the house from being sold at market value as-is. The home could be outdated, damaged, foreclosed, or suffering from some other condition.

To break down exactly why and how BRRRR works, we need to look at the difference between buying retail and buying under-market as an investor.

Buying Retail with the BRRRR Strategy Doesn’t Work

The problem with buying retail as an investor is the house comes with no equity.

Let’s say you buy a property worth $400,000 (listed for that amount). With a conventional loan, the lender will cover up to 80% of the cost of the house. So you’ll need to put down 20%.

When you purchase the house and make the down payment, you’re transferring wealth, not creating it. You’re taking the money from your financial account and transferring it to the physical property.

So, you’ve moved $80,000 into the house, got a loan for $320,000, and created no additional wealth from the transaction.

There are three main disadvantages to retail properties:

  • The property may create cash flow or wealth in the future as a rental property, but there is no wealth created from the purchase.
  • You’ll require money up-front (in this case, $80,000 plus closing costs).
  • You can only repeat BRRRR retail properties as long as you have the money to fund them.

Buying Under-Market for BRRRR

True BRRRR properties, however, solve all three of those problems retail properties have. A BRRRR property:

  • Creates equity & cash flow immediately (and over time).
  • Can be done with zero money down.
  • Is a repeatable process.

BRRRR is all about buying under-market properties – the houses that are unwanted and unloved. In this market going into 2023, a lot of these types of homes will pop up, resulting in some great deals.

BRRRR Purchase

There are certainly some nuances to BRRRR, but let’s look at the bare basics. Let’s take the same example used for the retail property.

You, again, buy a property with a value of $400,000. However, since it’s valued under-market, you can purchase it for only $250,000.

The catch is that the house isn’t necessarily worth the $400k as-is. The potential is there, but you’ll have to update and rehab it. Between those fix-up costs and the closing costs, you’ll have to put $50,000 more into the property.

So the total cost of the property ends up being $300,000, or just 75% of the value of the home.

Cost of the BRRRR Strategy

That 75% number is not only realistic but recommended for BRRRR properties. In down markets, it’s not entirely uncommon to see houses at 65% or below.

In this example, our all-in price (purchase + closing + rehab) is $300k, and the property is worth $400k.

Right away, we’ve created $100,000 in net worth.

Retail vs BRRRR: The Numbers

Now that we’ve explained the initial numbers, let’s do a side-by-side comparison to see why BRRRR is powerful enough to create generational wealth.

  • Value: We’re comparing two homes with the same value – same neighborhood, same block, same size. Let’s say the value is $400k.
  • Loan: For the BRRRR, our total costs would add up to $300k. Our leverage 100% covers this amount. For the retail home, we could get an 80% LTV, so our remaining loan is $320k. On retail, we have less cash flow because we owe more money.
  • Cash Transfer: With BRRRR, you’re moving $0 of your own money. This is why properties with the BRRRR strategy are so popular for investors. With the retail property in our example, you need to transfer $80k of your money as a down payment. 

There are two problems with the cash transfer requirement in retail properties. 1) You need the cash to get into it. And, 2) The last “R” in BRRRR is repeat, so you’d have to have $80k again for your next property and your next. On under-market BRRRR properties, the zero out-of-pocket costs free you up to repeat the process over and over.

  • Payments: BRRRR payments will be lower than retail payments by about $25-$50/month, simply because the loan amount is lower.
  • WEALTH: The BRRRR strategy property immediately creates $100k. The retail property adds $0. It only has the loan + the $80k that was yours to begin with.

BRRRR Strategy Explained: Why These Properties 10x Your Net Worth

How BRRRR Creates Wealth

The wealth in BRRRR comes from the difference between the value of the property and what you owe on it. This usually ends up being 25% of the value of the home.

If you multiply this process by 5-10 properties? You’ve suddenly got half a million to a million dollars in net worth.

Using the BRRRR strategy like this isn’t just wishful thinking. In 2010, we helped multiple families buy 10 properties in one year using this method. Many of their properties tripled and quadrupled in value over the last 10+ years.

The 2023 market is shaping up to look a lot like 2010. The time to buy is coming soon.

Using the BRRRR Strategy

Thinking about testing the BRRRR strategy for yourself?

We’ll be walking through the entire BRRRR process over the next few weeks. BRRRR is a simple way to generate wealth – but only if you really understand how the process works!

Send us an email at Info@TheCashFlowCompany.com if you have any questions. Check out our YouTube channel for more free information on BRRRR and other real estate investing strategies.


BRRRR is all about leverage. So how can you arrange the best leverage for these real estate investments?

We’ve helped clients with the BRRRR process for over 20 years. What’s the biggest error we see people make?

They don’t start with the end in mind. So they don’t maximize their leverage.

Many beginning investors take the order of the BRRRR acronym literally. They buy, rehab, rent, THEN try to figure out what the refinance will look like. That’s actually doing BRRRR wrong.

Going into the refinance blindly is not how you get the best leverage for your real estate investments. At best, you won’t know how the property cash flows. At worst, you can’t get a refinance loan at all.

Let’s look at what you need to do instead.

Prepping for the Best Leverage for Your BRRRR

Does it make sense to buy a property (with a higher interest loan), put all the money into repairs, rent it, and THEN figure out whether it’s a good or bad investment?

It takes just a little time and effort up-front to figure out if you can get the best leverage for the property.

We like to call this time up-front “building your BRRRR buyer’s box.” It’s a process that helps you prepare for the refinance ahead of time so you don’t do BRRRR wrong.

Going into a property, you should know:

  • Your max LTV
  • Your cash flow minimum
  • What rehab budget you can afford
  • How much cash you’ll need to bring in.

Creating the Best Leverage for Your Real Estate Investments.

Download our free BRRRR Checklist to understand the numbers of your refinance. Make your rental property a success.

Leverage determines whether you’ve done BRRRR wrong or right. All real estate investing hinges on leverage, and our goal is to help you create the best leverage possible. 

Using the right debt will accelerate your business, while the wrong stuff will slow your investing career to a halt.

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“Refinance” is the fourth step in BRRRR. But maybe we should start BRRRR with it…

Resting your cash flow on the shoulders of a loan you don’t even know you can get.

Spending time and money on a fix-up that might not even pay off.

Buying at a high interest rate with no guarantee of a refinance.

This is what you’re doing when you jump into a BRRRR before figuring out your long-term loan. This is why you need to start BRRRR with refinancing.

How to Start BRRRR with Refinancing

The refinance is where you make your money in a BRRRR. Refinancing determines the cash flow, your money out-of-pocket, and the financial success of the project.

If everything hinges on the refinance, why would you wait until the fourth step of the process to start figuring it out?

You need to mentally move the third R, “Refinance,” up to the beginning of the process, before you even buy.


BRRRR Refinancing Questions to Answer

There are certain questions you should know the answers to before you put money down on an undermarket property.

You can get the cheapest house out there, with the highest ARV… But if you aren’t able to get a decent refinance for it, you’ll still lose money.

Here are some questions you should be able to answer at the beginning to ensure you don’t do BRRRR wrong:

  • What loan-to-value (LTV) does the bank require?
  • When you go to refinance, will you have to bring in money? How much?
  • Will it cost more money than you have? Or more than you want to spend on this project?
  • Will you do a rate-and-term or cash-out refinance?
  • What will be your cash flow on the property?
  • What’s the minimum cash flow you need? What about the minimum the bank needs?
  • Does the bank require investment experience to lend you a refinance loan?
  • Does the bank have reserves requirements? (This is usually around six months’ worth of payments the bank requires you to have in savings or a mutual fund).

If you don’t know the answer to these questions up front, you end up like a lot of buyers who get BRRRR wrong and lose money.

You get to the refinance part of the process and learn you don’t have enough money to bring in. Or you find the cash flow is bad. This is why you should start BRRRR with refinancing.

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