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Leonard Baron, MBA, is America’s Real Estate Professor®. His unbiased, neutral and inexpensive “Real Estate Ownership, Investment and Due Diligence 101” online video series teaches real estate owners how to make smart and safe purchase decisions. He is a past lecturer at San Diego State University and teaches common sense real estate guidance continuing education courses to California real estate agents at the Chamberlin Real Estate School.

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5 Things You Absolutely Must Do Before Buying a Home

Think you’re ready to start your homeownership journey? Be sure to get all your ducks in a row first.

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How Much Rent Can You Afford?

Consider your monthly expenses and long-term financial goals to make sure you don’t overextend yourself.

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First-Time Home Buyer's Guide to Choosing a Neighborhood

Define your priorities and preferences to narrow down your search.

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Encouraging Tax News for Renters

Worried you might be missing out on tax breaks by renting? The truth may surprise you.

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Escrow: How Much Do You Really Know?

Don’t be taken by surprise when closing rolls around. Escrow payments can make a big difference in your finances.

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Is Paying Rent in Advance a Good Idea?

Thinking about handing over a stack of money to secure an apartment or get a rent discount? Be sure you know what you’re getting into.

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Real Estate Q&A: Condo Parking Space Ownership

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

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How to Rent Your First Home

Before you start touring apartments, learn the six steps that will make being a first-time renter easy and painless.

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Understanding Single-Family Home HOAs

Before you buy a home in an HOA-governed community, make sure you review the rules thoroughly.

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2015 Real Estate Predictions You Can Count On

Looking to make your fortune in real estate this year? These proclamations offer wisdom to guide you.

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Real Estate Q&A: Condo HOA Documents & Nuisance Odors

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

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Real Estate Q&A: Buying a Home as an Investment

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

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Real Estate Q&A: Condo Parking Ownership & Water Supply Pipes

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

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Real Estate Q&A: First Home & Earthquake Insurance

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

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Real Estate Q&A: Buying Property With Tenants & Investing in Real Estate Before College

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

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