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Archive of Michael Blank

Michael Blank’s passion is being an entrepreneur and helping others become (better) entrepreneurs. His focus is buying apartment buildings by raising money from private individuals. He’s been investing in residential and multifamily real estate since 2005. He is the creator of the Syndicated Deal Analyzer and the eBook "The Secret to Raising Money to Buy Your First Apartment Building".

Michael has written 45 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

Opinion: You Should Use Money From Friends & Family for Investing

by Michael Blank October 27, 2014
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You’re afraid that friends and family will never talk to you again if a deal goes bad. Should you take their money to fund your real estate deals? We don’t want to take money from our family and friends because we’re afraid. We’re afraid that we might lose our family’s and friends’ money in one […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

Your Complete Guide to Analyzing a Property in Just 10 Minutes

by Michael Blank October 20, 2014
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When I first got started with looking for multifamily properties, it took me 4 hours to answer the question, “What is the most I can offer for this particular deal?” As you probably know, you gotta kiss a lot of frogs before you find a good deal and can put it under contract. The time […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

3 Unwritten Rules for When Things Go Bad With Your Investors

by Michael Blank October 12, 2014
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Right before the great recession, I invested some money with a local real estate developer (we’ll call him “Ben,” but that’s of course not his real name!) along with a dozen other investors. He had a fabulous reputation, and the project looked solid. For several months he made distributions and communicated regularly. Then it all […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Don’t Let Shiny-Object-itis Kill Your Real Estate Investing Career

by Michael Blank October 6, 2014
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I’m recovering from Shiny-Object-itis. Not familiar with this disease that tends to ravage many entrepreneurs? You may be suffering from it yourself, and it’s holding you back from achieving your full potential with real estate investing. Shiny-Object-itis is a “grass is always greener” mentality. You’re never satisfied with anything, you’re always starting, but never finishing […]

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Personal Finance*

The Ultimate Analysis: Cash on Cash Return vs. Overall Return

by Michael Blank September 29, 2014
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There’s been quite a bit of interest and discussion in the BiggerPockets Forums about the differences between the cash on cash return and the overall return, which one is more important and what makes for a good return in the context of rental properties or apartment buildings. Let’s discuss each in turn. What’s the Difference […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

Change: Do You Run from It Or Learn from It?

by Michael Blank September 22, 2014
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Recently my family and I vacationed in Hilton Head Island and participated in a guided beach nature walk. Something our guide said stood out to me. He said, “This beach looks so much different than it did a month ago because of this storm we had. In fact, every time I come out here, something […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

Is Crowdfunding a Viable Financing Option for Commercial Investors?

by Michael Blank September 15, 2014
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I’ve been studying the emerging crowdfunding phenomenon and evaluating it as a potential source of funding for commercial real estate deals. I had a chance to interview Dan Miller, co-founder of Fundrise, one of the first crowdfunding companies out there. My conclusion is that crowdfunding is becoming a viable funding alternative for commercial real estate […]

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Real Estate Marketing*

A Step-by-Step Guide to Ace Your First Investor Meeting

by Michael Blank September 8, 2014
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In my BiggerPockets article “How to Find Investors To Fund Your Real Estate Deals,” I talked about how to find potential investors for your next apartment building deal. In this article I’ll give you a script for your first meeting with a potential investor. What do you want to accomplish with your first investor meeting? Ideally, […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

The One Question You Need To Answer FIRST In Order To Be Successful In Real Estate

by Michael Blank September 1, 2014
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People often ask me what they should do to get started. My response is that they need to answer one question first, and if they can’t answer that question sufficiently, there’s no point in getting started with anything else. The question that we all have to answer first is “why?”. Why do we want to […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

Who in the World is Buying Class C Apartment Buildings at a 7% Cap Rate?

by Michael Blank August 25, 2014
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Finding good apartment building deals is tough right now – almost anywhere in the country. I was curious to find out what kind of investor is actually buying these over-priced deals and so I polled my network of commercial real estate brokers. When I say it’s tough to find good deals on apartment buildings, I’m […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

5 Tips to Use Visualization to Become a Successful Real Estate Investor

by Michael Blank August 18, 2014
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You can acquire all the knowledge in the world about real estate investing, but chances are, you still have trouble seeing yourself doing the kind of deals you want. This is because our minds tell us that this isn’t possible, that we’re not good enough, that we’re too young or too old, that we don’t […]

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Real Estate Marketing*

The Power of Your Network in Real Estate

by Michael Blank August 11, 2014
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I was chatting with Chris Winterhalter (BP profile), a successful apartment building investor and active participant in the Bigger Pockets forums. He talked about some of the advances he made in his investing career, and many of them were tied to people he met. In fact, he met his current business partner at a real […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

The Biggest Mistake I Almost Made Buying an Apartment Building (And What You Can Learn From It)

by Michael Blank August 4, 2014
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In this article I want to share with you the biggest mistake I almost made when buying an apartment building. Had I made this mistake I most surely would have lost the building in foreclosure within several months. And despite all of my education, training, and reading, this is something none of the experts warned […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

3 Reason It’s Important to Be Enthusiastic About Your Next Deal

by Michael Blank July 28, 2014
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I continue to negotiate this 90 unit apartment deal in Richmond, VA. With every round, I drag my feet to get back to the broker, which is unlike me. I like to be as responsive as possible to keep the momentum going. But for some reason, not with this deal. I’ve started reflecting on why […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

5 Things To Do When Apartment Building Deals Are Hard To Find (Like Now!)

by Michael Blank July 21, 2014
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A lot of apartment building investors are having a tough time finding good deals. As syndicators, we have it even harder because we need to provide a good return for our investors and leave a slice of the pie left over for us. But what kind of returns are reasonable? I started a Bigger Pockets […]

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