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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

How Prop 13 advantages Los Angeles apartment owners

How would you like to be in a business where the law dictates that your biggest expense grows more slowly than your revenue? That’s what happens for owners of rent controlled apartment buildings with under-market tenants in Los Angeles. Here’s how: As an apartment building owner, your biggest operating expense every year is the property

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