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The Time I Tried to Give Mr. X $5,000 and He Refused

My voice was quivering when I made my final plea: “Please, Mr. X, just take the $5,000 and move out before the sheriff gets here.” The guy refused. He and his wife stayed right up until the sheriff arrived to lock him out of the apartment. I had to appreciate the pride he carried within

How to keep the IRS from stealing your sh*t

Bad news: The government wants to take 50% of the profits from your building. Good news: Some nice legislator long, long ago stuffed the concept of depreciation into the tax code, keeping the tax man from succeeding. What’s “depreciation”? It’s a fake loss that allows you to use to reduce the amount of income you’re

From the Offer through Removing Contingencies

The advent of services like Redfin and Zillow have made everyone into a real estate genius. You can see what’s for sale, what’s sold, the comps, everything. Don’t let that make you think you know what you’re doing. You don’t. Buying real estate is really complicated. To get that wonderful property you see on Redfin,

How to find out what an LA property owner paid

One of the hardest things to do when buying a property is figuring out what price to offer. You obviously want to pay the lowest price possible. But most owners are not willing or able to take a loss. So you need to consider what the owner paid for the property. There many different tools

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