Part time Project Manager needed for minor rehabs, property turns – Baritone LLC

Baritone LLC is a real estate investing company. We invest in residential properties for resale or rental. We are looking to hire a part time project manager / construction supervisor who can supervise the repairs needed for property rehabs (“flips”) or property turns (i.e. when tenants move out). The ideal candidate might be a retired construction supervisor / […]

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What is the Probate Process in Arizona and When Is It Required?

What is Probate in Arizona? Probate refers to the process in which the court selects someone called a personal representative (“PR”), for the estate of someone who died, and then the PR wraps up the deceased person’s financial affairs. The PR is responsible for: Tracking down everything that the deceased person owned, and making a […]

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Should I List My House With a Real Estate Agent or Sell my House to an Investor?

I am a licensed real estate agent in Arizona, in the Phoenix area. I sometimes list homes for sale. I am also an investor, and I buy houses in as-is condition. Which method is better? Which should you select? Since I am intimately familiar with both options, I can provide some guidance. Here are the […]

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The Vacant House in my Neighborhood is Dragging Down The Values. What Should I Do?

Do you have a nasty looking vacant house in your neighborhood that’s dragging the property values down? Are kids, animals, and homeless people using it as a free hotel / party venue? We at Baritone spend time every day trying to track down the owners of vacant and abandoned homes in the Phoenix metro area. […]

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Should I Call a Public Adjuster If My House Burns Down?

We recently had one of our rental homes burn down, in Phoenix, AZ. This is our first time going through this experience. I heard about the fire from the tenant on a Sunday night. Fortunately, no one had been home at the time. I drove over to check it out. I was expecting to see […]

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What’s the Best Time of Year to Sell my Phoenix Area Home?

The general consensus is that spring is the best time to sell your house. But sales trends vary dramatically depending on your region. The chart below shows the data from the Phoenix metro area (including Phoenix, Mesa, and the surrounding cities), from the year 2015. And it looks like spring actually is the best time! […]

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Drive by a Vacant House: Make $600

When I drive anywhere, I have my “vacant house radar” on. I’m looking for telltale signs, such as tall weeds and boarded up windows. I like to find vacant houses because I can try to contact the seller, buy the property, fix it up, and sell it for a profit. But what about you? What […]

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I inherited a property in Arizona – What should I do now?

When you inherit a property, the first thing to decide is what you would like to do with it: Decision #1 – Do I want to live in the property, rent it out, use it for some other purpose, or sell it? If you inherited a house and want to live in it, then you […]

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How Your Credit Score is Calculated

Have you ever wondered how credit bureaus come up with your credit (FICO) score?  Here is the breakdown of how it is calculated: Payment History: 35% Current Amounts Owed: 30% Length of Credit History: 15% Inquiries/New Debt: 10% Types of Credit: 10% You can get your credit report for free at annualcreditreport.com.  

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Tax Consequences of a Foreclosure, Short Sale, or Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure

I have done a fair amount of research into the potential tax consequences of a Short Sale, Foreclosure, or Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure. There seems to be a lot of confusion about it, even among CPAs and other tax professionals. Hopefully this will clarify things a little bit. DISCLAIMER: I am not a CPA […]

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