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Challenging Zoning Decisions in San Diego

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Local governments use zoning decisions to organize land use across cities.  The City and County of San Diego have zoning ordinances that establish which types of buildings and uses for buildings are permitted in various parts of the city, and investors need to be familiar with the zoning requirements in a given area before purchasing…

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3 Benefits of Hiring a Property Manager

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If you’ve entered the field of real estate investment by purchasing a rental property, you may feel daunted at adding the handling of your tenants’ day-to-day needs to your list of existing responsibilities. Professional property managers can help to ensure that your property remains in good condition and that your tenants’ requests are handled in…

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Choosing a Home Inspector

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If you’re purchasing an investment property that you plan to renovate and resell, it’s important that you understand the full extent of the necessary repairs before the sale is final, so that you can feel confident that you’ll receive a worthwhile return on your investment. This requires you to choose a thorough, knowledgeable inspector prior…

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Four Ways that Escrow Can Go Wrong

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Whether you’re buying or selling a residential property, you’re hoping that nothing new or surprising arises during the escrow period. Escrow is typically uneventful, but on the occasions where things go wrong, the entire deal can be thrown into jeopardy and go wrong in closing. Learn more about the problems that can arise during escrow,…

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What Happens if a Seller Refuses to Close Escrow?

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Perhaps you’ve been searching for the ideal property to purchase for months, and you’ve finally landed on a house that is in the location you want and is priced fairly. Your offer was accepted, and you’ve made it through weeks of escrow, only to encounter a seller who refuses to close escrow. This is a…

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Avoiding Lawsuits over Construction Defects

If you’re renovating a home for resale, it’s important that construction projects are completed correctly, but also that they’re completed quickly. After all, until the home is resold, you and any potential investors won’t see any returns on your substantial investment. However, if speed or reduced costs are prioritized over the quality of materials and…

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Investing in Real Estate through a HUD Home Purchase

As a real estate investor, your goal is to make the biggest possible return on your investment dollar, which may require you to get creative in finding new properties in which to invest. Some investors have had good luck investing in HUD homes. Purchasing a HUD home as an investment involves an entirely different bidding…

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Easement Rights in California

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Imagine that you’ve recently bought a piece of real estate in San Diego. While visiting the property after a purchase, you’re started to notice that a stranger is walking through your property. Upon further investigation, you learn that your neighbor has a legal right to cross through your property to access their own, using what’s…

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