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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 60 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


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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Real Estate

Buying Multi-Family Properties: What’s All The Hype About?

by Ben Leybovich March 25, 2014
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I recently had the opportunity to join Mr. Joshua Dorkin and Mr. Braaaaaandooooooooon Tuuuuuuuuuurneeeeeeeeer (and the crowd goes wild!!!) for a BiggerPockets Podcast 61.  This was, indeed, an honor for me.  Guess who was the first ever guest to return for a second show?  Tada…yours truly; the one and only Ben Leybovich.  Drum roll…taking a […]

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Real Estate

Do You Hate Paying High Taxes? Me Too. Here’s the REAL Problem…

by Ben Leybovich March 18, 2014
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My friend and colleague Mark Ferguson published an article a few weeks back in which he made the argument that high taxes are a good thing.  In his view, since paying more taxes is indicative of having earned more money and higher productivity, high tax bill should be viewed as a sort of a metric of […]

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Real Estate

There Is a Reason for a License – I Stand Corrected

by Ben Leybovich March 11, 2014
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I believe in saying “sorry” when it’s warranted, and I am big enough to acknowledge when I am wrong; except when talking to Brandon Turner – not because I don’t want to apologize to Brandon, but because I am never wrong when I talk to Brandon… I rolled out of bed this morning and thought […]

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Real Estate

How to Get 29 Rent Checks Out of 28 Units (A Case Study)

by Ben Leybovich March 4, 2014
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Yep – for the last four months I’ve been getting 29 rents out of a 28-unit portfolio.  Here’s what happened: The Call I own a beat-up, white, 8-foot bed Dodge Ram pick-up truck.  I don’t drive it full time; in fact, most of the time the truck sits at the curb in front of my […]

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Real Estate

Newbies Take Note: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Houses for $30,000

by Ben Leybovich February 25, 2014
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Are a you newbie? Are you confused by the title of this article? Here’s the thing – seasoned investors on BiggerPockets like Jeff Brown, Brandon Turner, J Scott, or Brian Burke are not at all confused by this title; they know exactly what I’m saying and why… BiggerPockets is a great place to learn the […]

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Financing Real Estate

Syndication: Is It Even Worth The Trouble?

by Ben Leybovich February 18, 2014
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Most of you know by now that I’ve dedicated myself to learning the art of syndication. I’ve also committed myself to writing about it so that you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. The forthcoming is another installment of Ben is just a dumb landlord, but he is learning… There are many “problem” areas as […]

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General Real Estate

Is a Real Estate License Necessary?

by Ben Leybovich February 11, 2014
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This question comes up on the forums with utmost regularity – like every other week. Investors to be want to know if having a license gives them a leg up on competition. I don’t know that there is a definitive answer to this question – it’s a personal thing on many levels. But, surprise – […]

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Commercial Real Estate

First Impressions of a Real Estate Syndicator…

by Ben Leybovich February 4, 2014
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Well – I’ve put the pedal to the metal as it relates to the process of syndication, and I’d like to share with you some of my first impressions. I apologize in advance to those of you who are used to my articles being on the longer side – this will be rather to the […]

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Opinion

Why I Decided to Become a “Start-up Syndicator”

by Ben Leybovich January 28, 2014
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Well – I guess it’s no big secret that I am working on my first syndicate. I don’t think that I couldn’t have been more transparent about this fact if I got on top of the roof of my house and put the loudspeaker to my lips. What can I say – I am excited […]

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Starting Out

Building a One Page Financial Statement to Change Your Financial Future

by Ben Leybovich January 21, 2014
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Would you be terribly surprised if I told you that once in a while I run dry on ideas for the BiggerPockets blog?  I mean, between BP and my blog I write quite a lot, and while it’s easy when inspiration takes over, there are times when it’s simply not there…what to do? Good news […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

To Syndicate or Not – This is The Question (What Would You Do?)

by Ben Leybovich January 15, 2014
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Indeed – this is the question I need answered.  As you can imagine, I am leaning in one direction in this matter, but I need you to check my thorough process and offer an opinion. My answer – an emphatic YES.The next deal that I do is going to be a syndicate.  My feeling on […]

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Real Estate Investing

Are Nothing Down Real Estate Deals Risky?

by Ben Leybovich January 7, 2014
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How many times have you heard - Buying Real Estate with Nothing Down is risky?  Let us examine the risk factor in nothing down deals: Few Words About Insurance I often write about the duality – the proverbial ying & yang that exists in life.  Well, let me tell you – nothing is more of a duality […]

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