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Archive of Michael Zuber

Michael Zuber is an active buy-and-hold real estate investor who still has a full-time job. Michael is not an agent or broker, and simply uses the internet and agent relationships to drive his business. He currently averages at least one deal a month and has developed laser focus on his 5 step process.

Michael has written 72 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate

Our Future Real Estate Strategy: Thoughts After Five Weeks Off

by Michael Zuber March 18, 2013
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To Quote Michael Jordan, “I’m Back.” I thought I would start my first article back with my reflections on the market. Where we are, where we are going and close with what we might do in certain situations. Where We Are Currently: The market is clearly off the bottom with my earlier prediction of at […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Five Reasons Why So Many New Investors Fail?

by Michael Zuber February 11, 2013
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Someone had to tackle the elephant in the room and I have never been afraid to take on a challenge or a controversial topic so here it goes. First let me be very clear. After 11 years of real estate investing while working a demanding full time job we are on the verge of financially […]

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Real Estate

The One Trait to Ensure Success in Real Estate Investing

by Michael Zuber February 4, 2013
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As we get closer and closer to our end goal of being 100% financially free, we are being asked more and more, “what is the key to your success?” As you might expect over the course of 11-12 years of investing, there have been lots of great things. Such as: Running it as a Business […]

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Real Estate

So You Missed the Bottom of the Real Estate Market…Now What?

by Michael Zuber January 28, 2013
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I write this article for the new investor who is researching, thinking about, or evaluating real estate investing and has not yet made an investment.  I do not write this for the investors who scooped up multiple investment properties from 2008 to 2012.  To the latter I say “Congratulations.” To the former I say “Now […]

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Real Estate

Why Some People Do and Some People Don’t: A Case Study of Three New Real Estate Investors

by Michael Zuber January 22, 2013
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Over the years I have had the pleasure of helping several people begin or take their real estate investing to the next level.  I don’t know the exact ratio, but I would estimate that for every one investor that took action – twenty people I spoke with never took the first step. This got me […]

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Real Estate

The Missing Ingredient to Wildly Higher Prices

by Michael Zuber January 14, 2013
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I firmly believe we are one step away from drastically higher real estate values. If you have been paying attention to the press lately you have likely noticed a significant change in sentiment around real estate and more specifically real estate investing. For at least 5 years now, most of the articles and messages have […]

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Real Estate

If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

by Michael Zuber January 8, 2013
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The title of this blog post happens to be one of my favorite quotes about real estate investing. I have had to repeat it to myself with increasing consistency lately. Why? The simple reason is that the 2013 real estate investing environment is a lot different than the environment from 2008 to early 2012. For […]

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Real Estate

Goals for 2013

by Michael Zuber January 1, 2013
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As I have said before, I believe setting specific goals is very important for your business.  I also believe sharing your goals publicly is a great idea as it adds focus and some pressure.  I started this three part series by reviewing our 2012 goals and performance against them.  I then highlighted my thoughts on […]

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Real Estate

Our 2012 Real Estate Investing Year in Review

by Michael Zuber December 25, 2012
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As with previous years I believe it is important to reflect on the past year and set goals for the following year.  I will leave setting goals for 2013 for the next article as I want to review 2012 first.  I want to breakdown my review of 2012 into 3 main sections – the macro […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Review of My 2012 Real Estate Goals

by Michael Zuber December 17, 2012
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At the beginning of this year I posted our 2012 business goals for all to see.  As the article indicated – I did it for several reasons but, most importantly, I wanted our goals in a public space where they could be reviewed and tracked.  As we close out the year I will start my […]

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Real Estate Investing

Why Invest In Real Estate?

by Michael Zuber December 12, 2012
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“It’s tangible, it’s solid, it’s beautiful. It’s artistic, from my standpoint, and I just love real estate.” -Donald Trump Let me ask you a very simple, yet profound question: Why invest in real estate? Understanding the answer or answers to this question will help you along your investment career. The following are a few common […]

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Real Estate Investing

First Steps After Closing: Part Three – My Zero Down White-Whale Apartment Deal

by Michael Zuber December 5, 2012
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This post is part three concerning one of the best deals of my investment career – my White Whale (read part one here, part two here). At this point in our series, our investing network found us an opportunity to purchase a distressed 18 Unit building .  Once we confirmed our interest, we were able to negotiate a […]

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Real Estate Investing

Negotiating for Win-Win Outcomes: Part Two – Landing the White Whale

by Michael Zuber November 27, 2012
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In the initial part of this series I highlighted an opportunity to purchase a rundown apartment building. The owner had to foreclose on the private party who had purchased the building in 2005 and left the owner with a huge mess. When structuring my creative deals the first thing I do is share with the […]

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Real Estate Investing

How I Finally Landed my White Whale (Screaming Good Real Estate Deal)

by Michael Zuber November 22, 2012
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Recently I secured what many investors would consider the “White Whale” of real estate investing; I secured a true zero down deal on an 18 unit apartment building.   I have secured many tremendous deals over the years via creative negotiations and focusing on what was good for the seller.  Truth be told I don’t […]

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Business Management & Productivity

The Key to Your Long Term Success in the Real Estate Business

by Michael Zuber November 7, 2012
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When people hear that I have been investing in real estate for 10+ years and that we have built a decent portfolio, the conversation always works around to the following questions: “What is your secret?” Or “What is your System?” I love helping people and wish it was as easy as a simple system that […]

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