Articles for Buyers, Sellers, Landlords, and Agents

These articles were written by Michael Chulak from January 2020 to the current date to supplement our two frequently asked questions sections, one for real estate, the other for property management to provide you with valuable information. See FAQ - Real Estate and FAQ - Property Management.


Residential Real Estate Sales and Property Management

Consequences of Overpricing
Things Homeowners Do to Reduce the Value of their Homes
Twelve Low Cost Tips to Sell Your House Faster
Reasons to List Your Home for Sale During the Holiday Season
Prepare Your House for a Photo Shoot
Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
Pocket Listing - Real Estate Sales
Pocket Listing - Rental Property Leases
Yard and Estate Sales
Probate Sales
Probate Attorneys
Divorce Real Estate Sales
How to Sell Your Rental Home to an Investor
Buying and Selling a Home at the Same Time
Before You Shop at a New Home Developement
Buying Lender Foreclosures or REOs
“As Is” Real Estate Contracts
Natural Hazard Disclosure Reports
Transfer Disclosure Statements (TDS)
Reasons Lenders Reject Loan Applications from Condominium Owners and Buyers
First Time Buyers
Gift Letters - Qualifying for a Mortgage Loan
Renters: Become a Homeowner - Read This and Learn How
Explore Southern California
Subprime Real Estate Loans
Buying a House After Bankruptcy - What You Need to Know
FHA Loans - Benefits
VA Loans - Benefits
Due-on-Sale Clause
Senior Communities (55+)
Discount Real Estate Brokers
Open Houses
Transaction Coordinators
Important Dates for California Property Owners
Tax Increases - Proposition 13
Renters Insurance - Why it is Necessary
Forms of Homeowner Insurance Policies
Safety Considerations for HOAs and Apartment Buildings
Turnoffs for Home Buyers
Short Sales - Real Estate
Underwater or Upside-Down Mortgages - Owner Options
Condominiums as Investments
Tax Benefits of Professional Property Management
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Rent to Price Ratio
Commercial Condominium Sales and Leasing
Develop an Income Property Portfolio
Reasons to Use a Mortgage Broker
Assumable Home Loans
Debt To Income (DTI) Ratios
Reverse Mortgage Loans
Mello-Roos Districts-Special Tax
FHA Streamline Refinance
VA Streamline Refinance
Inflation - What You Need to Know
FHA Certification of Condominium Associations
How Saves You Money
Free Credit Repair
Secured Credit Cards - Rebuilding Your Credit Score
FICO Score - Credit Score
Installment Sales of Real Estate
1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges
Refinance Your Condominium - Get the Best Rate and Terms
Why Do Mortgage Lenders Reject Home Loan Applications?
Seven Reasons to Run From a Property Manager
Interview Questions to Ask a Rental Home Property Manager
How Processes Invoices
Management Company Owned or Affiliated Maintenance Services
Management Company Traps - Caution
Buyer's Real Estate Agent
Acquire Real Estate with Self-Directed IRA and 401K Accounts
Escrow Holder - Functions
Glossary of Escrow Terms
Reasons to Use an Independent Escrow Company
Dual Agent Relationships - Residential Sales
What Does Title Insurance Protect Against?
Differences Between CLTA and ALTA Title Policies
Preliminary Title Reports
Final Subdivision Public Reports - California
Townhouses, Townhomes, Condominiums
Community Associations - Names
Governing Documents
Home Inspection Reports
Pre-Listing Home Inspections
Cities Requiring Pre-Sale Inspection Reports
Escrows in California
Selling A Home with Leased Solar Panels
Closing Costs - Sale of Home
Holding Title to Real Estate in California
Real Property Liens in California
Assessor Parcel Maps
Accessory Dwelling Units - Granny Flats
Neighborhood Safety Evaluations
Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety Checklist
Lead Paint Danger
For Sale by Owner Information
Comparative Market Analysis
A Buyer's and Sellers' Guide to Multiple Offer Negotiations
Realtor or For Sale by Owner Comparison
Flood Risks and Insurance
Rent Control - City of Los Angeles
Twelve Legal Reasons a Landlord Can Evict Under the Rent Control Laws in City of Los Angeles
Eight Reasons Not to Add Your Child to the Deed of Your Home
Deeds in California
Partition of Real Estate – Forced Sale

Historical Timeline - Los Angeles Area
Meanings and Origins of Names - Los Angeles County
Air Rights in Real Estate
Real Estate Brokerage or Pyramid Scheme?
Occupancy Restrictions - Condominiums and Apartments
Cost Segregation - Cost Segregation Analysis
California Association of Realtors Education Courses
Estate Sales and Auctions


Business Sales, Acquisitions, and Operations

Introduction to Business Sales
Initial Questions for Business Sellers
How Long Does it Take on Average to Sell a Business in California?
Consequences of Overpricing a Business

Reasons to Run from a Business Broker
EBITDA – What You Must Know
What Determines the Cap Rate when Buying or Selling a Business?
Bulk Sales
California Sales and Use Tax Provisions
Successor Liability
Security Agreement - UCC Article 9
Alcoholic Beverage Control Act
Escrows for Business Sales
Inflation - What You Need to Know
Become a Business Broker - Agent in California
Sell Your Property Management Company in California
Sell Your Residential Real Estate Brokerage Company in California
Business Sales - Payment Structures and Payment Options
Revenue-Based Financing
Additional Consideration - Sale of Business
Characteristics of Successful Business Executives and Entrepreneurs
How to Become an Invaluable Employee
Small Business Facts
Selecting an Agent for Service of Process for your Business
Reasons to Franchise Your Business
Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
Mergers and Acquisitions
Concerns Following Sale of Business or Merger
Economies of Scale
Advantages of Making Business Acquisitions with Stock
Non-Voting Stock
Duties and Structure of Corporate Boards
Selecting Corporate Directors
Advisory Board
Shareholders' Agreement
Voting Trust or Agreement
Leverage in Finance
Inorganic Business Growth
Organic Business Growth
Plowback or Plowback Ratio
Conflicts of Interest
Conflicts of Interest in Lease Transactions
Protecting Your Business from Fraud and Embezzlement
Ideas to Expand, Protect, and Improve Your Small Business
Affiliate Marketing
Barter Exchanges - How they Work
Cost Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Acquire Real Estate with Self-Directed IRA and 401K Accounts
What is a Franchise?
Franchise Questions and Answers
Advantages to Buying a Franchise

Franchise Fraud – Pyramid Schemes
Business Opportunity
Five Reasons to Use an Independent Insurance Broker
Insurance Company Tricks
Insurance Coverage Options
Representations and Warranties by Sellers of Businesses
Existing Businesses Started During the Great Depression
Financial and Strategic Buyers of Businesses
Checklist for Commercial Leases
Lease Square Foot Measurements
How Your Premises Lease Affects the Value of Your Business
Factoring -Invoice Discounting
Corporate Branding
SBA Loans
Organizational or Organization Charts
Search Fund

Land Sales and Acquisitions

Land Banking Strategies
Land Investing for Non-Citizens
Land Ownership in China
Land Sales Contracts
Tips for Selling Vacant Land
Buy or Sell Remote Desert Land in California
Sell Your Unsaleable Land
Avoiding Land Fraud
Public Reports in California
Famous Quotations About Land
Supply and Demand for Land
Ground Lease - Land Lease
Who Owns America?

Inflation - What You Need to Know
Installment Sales of Real Estate
Land Banking Joint Ventures
Attention Land Subdividers and Developers
Free Federal Government Land
Acquire Real Estate with Self-Directed IRA and 401K Accounts
Reasons to Use an Independent Escrow Company
The Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act
Holding Title to Real Estate in California
Deeds in California
Assessor Parcel Maps
Tax Increases - Proposition 13
What Does Title Insurance Protect Against?
Differences Between CLTA and ALTA Title Policies
Preliminary Title Reports
Real Property Liens in California
Land Descriptions
General Plans - Cities and Counties
Conservation Easements
Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency
Before You Make An Offer to Acquire Land
Final Subdivision Public Reports - California
Partition of Real Estate – Forced Sale
Mineral Rights
Real Estate Acronyms

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