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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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Real Estate Q&A: 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges and Renters Insurance Coverage

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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The 6 Worst Types of Real Estate Investments

Here are a few things to think about and properties to avoid when you are ready to invest your hard-earned cash equity capital.

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Practical Renovations for Investment Properties

The nicer your property, the longer you’ll likely keep your tenants. With that in mind, these improvements should make your property desirable without putting too much strain on your wallet.

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Living With Your Tenants: Tips for Renting Out Extra Space in Your Home

Whether you’re looking to fill a spare bedroom or a basement studio, here’s a little guidance that will hopefully make securing and living with a tenant go smoothly.

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Real Estate Q&A: Revocable Trusts and Wrap-Around Mortgages

Each month, 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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What's the Best Way to Earn Wealth in Real Estate?

While a few people are successful at flipping homes, most people earn real estate wealth by buying rental properties for long-term hold.

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Real Estate Appraisals: The Income Capitalization Approach

There are three commercially recognized valuation models for real estate: the “comps,” (comparable market analysis) approach, the “income” or “cap rate” approach (cash flows) and the replacement value approach.

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Tax Savings: Rental Property Depreciation Explained

If you’re already an investment property owner or are thinking about becoming a landlord, here’s a refresher on how the depreciation expense could help you maximize your tax savings.

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Tips for Avoiding Rental Property Disasters

Here are a few things rental property owners can do to ease headaches and help reduce the risk of having issues. They don’t always work, but hopefully they will be worth your while to implement and follow.

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Mortgage Shopping: How to Compare Good Faith Estimates

How do you isolate the relevant costs that you need to review so you can make a better decision on the lower cost provider for mortgage financing?

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Real Estate Q&A: Wise Investments and HOAs

Each month, 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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How to Choose a Good Real Estate Sales Professional

Buying real estate is complex, and it’s imperative to select a competent, honest agent who will skillfully represent your best interests throughout the entire process of selecting, negotiating and closing on your property.

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Are You Ready to Be a Landlord?

With some hard work and smart choices, just about anyone can retire with many properties that provide a nice income stream. So if you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty, being a landlord might just be right for you.

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Rental Property Investing 101

Here are some tips that should help you earn real estate wealth. By the way — it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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Real Estate Q&A: Lessons Learned

Each month, 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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