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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 Deal Analysis & Advice

The Power of Veto to Stop Your Real Estate Deals

by Michael Zuber October 30, 2012
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I believe most successful real estate investors look at the world through the lens of “Glass is Half Full.” This positive attitude helps us tackle challenges, get up when we are knocked down, and keeps us plugging away year after year. That said, a can do attitude left unchecked can lead to terrible deals and […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

How to Beat the Hedge Funds Buying Properties in Your Real Estate Market

by Michael Zuber October 22, 2012
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I never liked bullies.  Since I was never the biggest kid in school,  anyone who uses their size to intimidate others is certain to get my attention. I can still remember the time a football player pushed me in the hallway because I was “In his way.”  He never knew what hit him because no […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Hedge Funds and Their Impact on Mom-and-Pop Investors

by Michael Zuber October 15, 2012
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Back in May I wrote an article titled “Smart Money Woke Up – Now What.”  The basic theme was that my market changed almost overnight when the well capitalized hedge funds started actively buying.  In the article I highlighted how I was going to outsmart them by being nimble and learning where they weren’t playing […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

History Doesn’t Repeat Itself but it Does Frequently Rhyme

by Michael Zuber October 8, 2012
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To say we are in or entering a time of uncertainty is an understatement of massive proportions.  However, you can either let the uncertainty cause paralysis or you can take action by reviewing historical times of great upheaval and apply the lessons learned. While I believe in staying current on all of the hot topics, […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Real Estate and “The Bathtub Recovery”

by Michael Zuber October 4, 2012
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In last week’s article I talked about the importance of a ten year plan for real estate investing. In addition, I highlighted how important it is to use changes in market cycles to your advantage and the importance of adjusting your business model to suit the current and changing market cycle. Lastly, I called the […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Real Estate Investing for the Next 10 Years: If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It!

by Michael Zuber September 24, 2012
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Real Estate seems so simple; all you do is buy low and sell high, right? Wrong!!! Well, what about buy and hold investing or land lording? That’s simple, right? All you do is buy a property and sit on it for 10 years or so and magic happens, no? Wrong!!! Okay, but setting up a long term financial […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Why I Have to Use Property Managers

by Michael Zuber September 4, 2012
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If you work full-time like I do and you chose to be an active real estate investor, you will likely face tough decisions every week. One area in which I see new investors struggle, and where experienced investors have strong opinions is the use of property management. As one of the experienced investors, I know […]

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Investor Psychology

The Hardest Part of Buy-and-Hold Real Estate Investing: Delayed Gratification

by Michael Zuber August 28, 2012
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Let me start this post by saying I love “buy-and-hold” real estate investing.  I just wish it was easier. Flipping real estate or wholesaling deals is appealing, as cash is quick and you know in a short time frame if you have made a good deal.  Unfortunately, buy-and-hold real estate can take a long time […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

An Average Weekend for Someone Who Works Full-Time and Invests in Real Estate

by Michael Zuber August 22, 2012
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Like many of you, I work a demanding full-time job.  My “day job” as I call it, includes a lot of airplane flights, ridiculous schedules, and many days when I have no idea what city I am in, given back-back-back-back business trips. Thus, I have to find time to maximize my non-working hours if I […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Learn from My Mistake: Why You MUST Understand Your Seller’s Needs

by Michael Zuber August 6, 2012
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Several weeks ago, I wrote an article about a deal I had to give up on because the bank wasn’t playing ball — it was called “Swing and a Miss.” The gist of that story is that I was trying to duplicate my deal of the year from 2011 in 2012 by buying the apartment […]

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Starting Out

New Investor Mistakes: Advice for the Real Estate Investing Novice

by Michael Zuber July 30, 2012
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I am very fortunate to get the opportunity to speak and correspond with real estate investors of all experience levels.  I find these conversations to be very valuable as I get to see the investing landscape through additional sets of eyes. As you might imagine my most common communication is with new investors who have […]

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Real Estate News & Commentary

Is Your Real Estate Business Ready for Another Recession?

by Michael Zuber July 23, 2012
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The typical definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth. I predict and expect that both Q3 and Q4 FY 12 will show negative GDP growth with a strong possibility that Q1 FY13 will also be negative. So what is an investor to do if they see another recession coming on […]

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Investor Psychology

What is Driving You to Invest in Real Estate? Understanding your “Big Why”

by Michael Zuber July 16, 2012
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If you work full time and have decided to become a buy-and-hold real estate investor, you have chosen a path that is long, paved with many obstacles, and full of chances to make mistakes. That said, it is also a tremendous way to establish retirement income, secure financial stability, and eventually live financially free without […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Calculate Yield: Comparing Your Buy-and-Hold Investment Options

by Michael Zuber July 10, 2012

As an investor looking at multiple properties, how do you decide which one is right for you? Do you pick the one with the most bedrooms? Do you pick the one with the biggest discount to past value? Do you pick the one with the cute kitchen and the new paint? First things first, a […]

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Investor Psychology

Real Estate Investors: Mistakes Happen. How Will You Handle Them?

by Michael Zuber July 2, 2012
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If you invest in real estate long enough, you will eventually make a mistake or two.  In fact, most experienced real estate investors I know will freely talk about their slip-ups long before they talk about their successes. Why? I think it has to do with the mindset of successful investors.  Successful investors seem to […]

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