rental property

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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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    Buying Investment Properties? Why You Should Consider California

    Not only has the Golden State provided outsized wealth growth for real estate owners over the past 40 years, but going forward it has some unique characteristics that make it quite appealing to an investment property owner.

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    How to Make a Better Real Estate Investment

    Investing in real estate has lots of risks that can derail even the best-looking deals.

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    Real Estate Investing: Why Cash Flow Is King

    Experienced real estate investors only buy properties that are cash-flow positive — based on conservative estimates — and skip those pesky negative cash flow deals.

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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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    Using Your IRA to Buy Investment Properties

    Putting your hard-earned IRA assets into a “self-directed” IRA can be a very good idea to grow long-term, tax-deferred or tax-free assets. But it doesn’t work for everyone.

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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.