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.


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?


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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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.


Tips for Preparing to Buy in 2013

Here are a few tips to get you started on the road to homeownership.

Can a Landlord Force Tenants to Have Renters Insurance?

There are a lot of benefits to both the landlord and the renter as a result of the tenant having a policy.


Offer Accepted: What Happens During Escrow?

Once you go into escrow, many items still need to be reviewed, discussed and inspected as you move forward. Here are several that you’ll encounter for the next 40-50 days until you finally close escrow.

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Real Estate Investing: Single Family Home vs. Condo

Many people say to stay away from condominiums because of all the issues with HOAs, but single family homes have many issues, too, so don’t make up your mind so quickly.

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What Is Real Estate Due Diligence?

There isn’t an Easy Button for doing your due diligence. It’s really a time-consuming process, and few people have any idea what to do.

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