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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

  1. Q & A

    Real Estate Q&A: Buying in a Market With Little Inventory

    Real estate investor and Zillow Blog contributor Leonard Baron answers questions from readers regarding buying, selling and investing.

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    Should You Buy a Home for Your College Student?

    Many issues come along with owning a student rental, and you should really think them through before you get yourself a “tough and expensive” college lesson of your own.

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    Rent It Out or Sell It? Options for a Home You No Longer Love

    These questions should help you decide which route is best for you.

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    Top 10 Real Estate Investor Mistakes

    While TV shows glamorize real estate investing, it’s more difficult than it looks. Clogged toilets, leaky roofs and other unforeseen occurrences can take away from your bottom line.

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    The Ins and Outs of Homeowners Associations

    Before weighing the pros and cons of owning a property in an HOA community it’s important to understand what HOAs are, how they are governed and how they affect a home owner’s bottom line.

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    6 Renovation Tips for New Landlords

    Here are some items you should be aware of so you can better prepare for your future as a real estate mogul.

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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.

  9. Tax

    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.