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    5 Real-Life HOA ‘Horror Stories’

    When purchasing real estate, you might be one of the 25 percent of people who purchase a property in a common interest development, which is more […]

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    Real Estate Q&A: Hedge Funds Buying Homes and Inheriting Property

    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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    HOA Documents: Are They Worth the Money?

    Before you spend money on the documents, ask yourself: Am I willing to put in the time necessary for due diligence?

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    3 Things That Make the Best Real Estate Investment

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote The 6 Worst Types of Real Estate Investments that covered the types of properties an investor should avoid. Today […]

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    DIY Kitchen Remodels for Investment Properties

    If you are… an investor who is buying rental properties are a do-it-yourself type want to renovate your kitchen… … there are many things you can […]

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Is Homeownership a Good Choice for Young People?

    The answer, as with many things, is that it depends. But for the vast majority of young people, the answer is probably no. Here’s why.