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Leonard Baron, MBA, CPA, is the author of “Real Estate Ownership, Investment and Due Diligence 101 – A Smarter Way to Buy Real Estate”, and loves kicking the tires of a good piece of dirt! See more at

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    5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be a Landlord

    Owning rental property can be a great long-term wealth-building tool that is available even to individuals of very modest means. Plus, it doesn’t take a degree […]

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    Have You Thanked Your HOA Board Member Lately?

    HOA board members interpret bylaws and regulations with the intent of protecting the property and financial interests of community members.

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    Do You Understand Income Tax Considerations of Rental Properties?

    A rental property can generate “taxable losses” that can be used to reduce your normal salary income.

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    Income Tax Tips for ‘Accidental Landlords’

    If you’re renting out your personal residence or second home, you’re a landlord. You’ll have to report the rental property on your federal income taxes.

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    Want to Make Money in Real Estate? Understand Returns

    Before purchasing an investment property, you’ll want to do your homework and make sure you understand real estate’s four components of investment returns.

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    Tax Savings: Rental Property Depreciation Explained

    If you’re an investment property owner or are thinking about becoming a landlord, find out how the depreciation expense could help you maximize your tax savings.

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    How Much Are Transaction Fees on a Real Estate Sale?

    Avoiding recurring transaction costs is the primary reason that financial experts think real estate should be kept as an asset for the buyer’s lifetime.

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    Rental Properties: Know When to Hold ‘Em

    Is your investment worth hanging onto or is it time to sell?

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    How to Find Out If a Property Has Liens on It

    The title company or agent typically will uncover any liens on a property while conducting a title search during the escrow process.

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    How to Check a Tenant’s Credit

    Conducting a tenant credit check is now a relatively easy step, thanks to some new services in the marketplace.

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    Real Estate Q&A: HOA Restrictions & ‘Safe’ Investing

    Each month, past San Diego State University lecturer and Zillow Blog contributor Leonard Baron answers two questions from readers regarding buying, selling and investing.

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    Should You Invest in Out-of-Town Real Estate?

    While the numbers may be more favorable, investing in far-away properties still carries significant risks that you should consider.

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    Are Crowdfunding Deals Sound Real Estate Investments?

    While it is possible to earn money in these types of deals, the odds are highly against you.

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    Landlord Etiquette 101

    The key to being a good landlord — and making more money on your rentals — is to have a good working relationship with your tenants.

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    What Is ‘Risk’ in Real Estate?

    You’ve undoubtedly heard about reducing your “risk” in real estate, but have you ever really thought about what that means?