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Archive of Ben Leybovich

Ben Leybovich has been investing in multifamily residential real estate since 2006. His area of expertise is creative finance. Ben works extensively with private as well as institutional financing. Ben is a licensed Realtor with YOCUM Realty in Lima, Ohio. He is also the author of Cash Flow Freedom University and creator of a cash flow analysis software CFFU Cash Flow Analyzer.

Ben has written 72 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Is The IRR Metric Any Good?

by Ben Leybovich July 22, 2014
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Well – that all depends… I wrote an article entitled The Definitive Guide to IRR a few weeks ago, in which I discussed the basic premise behind the Internal Rate of Return metric.  I mentioned in that article that a lot of sophisticated investors like to use this metric to assess an investment opportunity and […]

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General Real Estate

Why It’s Important to Become Successful Slowly In Real Estate

by Ben Leybovich July 15, 2014
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This is going to be funny! Well – that’s a hell of a way to start out.  I remember my 7th grade Language Arts teacher telling me – don’t tell them what you are going to say; just say it… Haha – I’m feeling feisty; feeling like breaking some rules.  Besides, my 7th grade teacher […]

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General Real Estate

The Definitive Guide to IRR (Internal Rate of Return)

by Ben Leybovich July 8, 2014
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The most easily understood metric of investment return in real estate is Cash on Cash Return, usually abbreviated either CCR or COC.  The concept is rather simple – CCR juxtaposes the cash investment that has been made to the Cash Flow (Income minus Expenses) being received. For example, let’s say you invest $100,000 cash to […]

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General Real Estate

Why Educating Your Children About Real Estate Matters

by Ben Leybovich July 1, 2014
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I think it’s important to Pay It Forward. I don’t know why I feel this way, but something tells me that helping people will pay off in spades.  I don’t really believe in subsidizing folks however; I am more about teaching them how to think, and I specifically enjoy working with older kids and young […]

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General Real Estate

They Will Pay $1,000,000 More Than Me on Investment Property!?! – Idiots!

by Ben Leybovich June 24, 2014
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If you remember, a few weeks ago I wrote an article entitled The 3 Types of Buyers of Multi-family Buyers: Idiots, Jerks, and Me, in which I explored the underlying issue of why it is so hard to find a deal in this space that makes a damn bit of sense. Finding a syndicatable opportunity […]

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General Real Estate

Why Real Estate Works – The Truth!

by Ben Leybovich June 17, 2014
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Most of us on BiggerPockets are of the opinion that Real Estate represents the best opportunity for us to get ahead. But why – really? I am of the opinion that if we are going to involve ourselves with real estate, it pays to understand precisely why things work the way that they do. Frankly […]

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General Real Estate

How to Build a Shed in 7 Simple Steps (Yes, That’s Me – On the Roof!)

by Ben Leybovich June 10, 2014
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I know – can you believe it? Me neither, but while there is nothing that can be said in my defense, it did happen… You see, Patrisha’s parents came down to Lima in time for twin’s Birthdays; they are 5 now :) My dad-in-law is a life-long Home Depot man and you’d be hard-pressed to find […]

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Financing Real Estate

The Simple Yet Profound Truth on Raising Money for Your Deals In Real Estate

by Ben Leybovich June 3, 2014
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Sometimes when I write I feel like being creative and take the long way to my point. Other times, I really don’t know what to write, in which case I usually see what my friend Brandon Turner wrote about and just argue the other side (cause he is usually wrong, of course!) Today’s article is going to […]

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Investor Psychology

The 3 Types Of Multi-Family Buyers: Idiots, Jerks and Me…

by Ben Leybovich May 27, 2014
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First – I owe you an apology. I was forced to skip last week on the blog, and one of you guys called me out on it.  So, I am sorry for missing and I am ecstatic that someone would actually miss me on here! Specifically because when I called Brandon on Monday to tell […]

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Investor Psychology

The Awful Truth About Real Estate Everyone Is Too Afraid To Talk About

by Ben Leybovich May 13, 2014
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Guys – I’ve been writing this particular article for about four months; writing and deleting, writing and deleting, and on, and on, and on…  I don’t know what it is about this one. I seem to feel innately what I want to say, but I just can’t seem to get it out! I could, of […]

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General Real Estate

The Truth About Real Estate Investing Partnerships

by Ben Leybovich May 6, 2014
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Well – that’s a loaded question if there ever was one!  In the video from last week I warned you about partnerships. Today, however, please allow me to add some color to this conversation: When I was in school at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, there was one class which I had a love-hate […]

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General Real Estate

What is Real Estate Syndication – Really?

by Ben Leybovich April 29, 2014
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I think I’ve said it before, though I don’t remember where or why – world of Real Estate Investing is a confusing one. Have you noticed this?  All of the double meanings, ambiguities, and every kind of uncertainty that one can think of is presents in abundance. The same term can and often does mean different things to […]

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Financing Real Estate

Seriously… Why Should You Even Listen to Me About Real Estate?

by Ben Leybovich April 15, 2014
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I am a musician.  I spent the early years of my life and into adulthood trying to perfect the un-perfectible craft.  I made it as far as college before fortune liberated me from having to chase the impossible when the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis made it impractical to continue to pursue a career in performance […]

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Financing Real Estate

How to Buy Multiplex with $0 Out of Pocket – An In-depth Look at Creative Finance

by Ben Leybovich April 8, 2014
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In this article I am going to touch on the highlights of one Creative Finance technique which can enable you to structure an acquisition with $0 of your money in the deal.  I can not possibly go into as much detail as is necessary within the scope of this article.  But, I do hope to […]

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Real Estate

A Busy Man’s Guide to Real Estate Management

by Ben Leybovich April 1, 2014
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I have been rather outspoken regarding my dislike of outsourced property management. In Podcast 14, I stated my basic rationale that no one will ever care about my investment as much as I do, and that one of the advantages of real estate as an investment vehicle is precisely the notion that you can indeed […]

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