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How should you start to research an investment property?

You probably already know that one of the biggest keys to a successful real estate investment is good research, but do you know where to start?

Researching an investment property takes time, but it's an essential step if you want to make money. Here's a basic guide to the process to get you started:

California Senate approves measure to address housing crisis

California's housing crisis is severe -- and the Senate is doing its best to find ways to address the issue. Unfortunately, the measures that are being taken aren't exactly making everyone happy.

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) owns a great deal of property near its rail stations -- most of which are zoned according to local wishes. The new bill that the Senate just approved, AB 2923, would allow BART to overcome local zoning rules in order to develop housing on that land. That means that hundreds of acres of land currently used for parking could soon become housing developments.

What you should ask about a wind farm lease

Wind farm development projects can be a profitable undertaking for everyone involved -- including the landowner.

However, you never want to rush into any kind of agreement with a developer. There are a number of important considerations you need to make and questions you should ask. Here are some to get you started:

Understand exclusive use clauses before you make one

Are you contemplating a foray into commercial property investment?

If so, exclusive use clauses are something that you need to know about before you get started.

Selling a leased property

Whether you are just tired of the responsibility of being somebody's landlord or you inherited a rental home, you can't always wait until a rental is empty in order to sell. That makes it important to know your options when it comes to putting a property on the market.

What are your legal obligations to your tenants when you decide to sell?

Cell phone tower lease agreements require a unique approach

It’s unsurprising that the demand for wide-ranging, reliable networks have cell phone companies scrambling for new places to build cell towers. There are reasonable incentives for businesses, property owners and landowners. The additional income and long-term profits make cell phone tower lease agreements tempting.

Variances, rezoning and conditional use permits can rescue a deal

What can you do when you find the perfect piece of property -- except for the zoning regulations that stand in the way of what you'd like to accomplish? Do you just walk away and start your search all over?

That's always an option, but you don't have to go that route automatically. There are a number of ways to potentially circumvent zoning issues. Following are a few of those.

What landlords should know about bankrupt commercial tenants

For most commercial landlords, a tenant's bankruptcy hardly comes as a huge surprise. More than likely, the rent payments have been getting later and later -- or they've gone missing a few times. It isn't uncommon for tenants in financial trouble to stop communicating -- usually because they're trying to figure a way out of the situation or are unsure of their next step.

So, what happens when you finally get the notice that a commercial tenant has filed for bankruptcy protection?

Due diligence and multifamily property purchases

Buying a multifamily property can be a fantastic investment -- but only if you make sure to perform your due diligence first. That's the only way to make certain that your money is wisely managed.

Don't get sidetracked by the excitement of the venture. Something that seems like a great deal may not be all that special once you dig deeper. Here's where you need to start your due diligence on a multifamily property:

Investing in an earthquake zone means monitoring innovations

California is trying to build up rather than out. It makes sense to make use of tall buildings in most California cities. It's the only way to stop moving the suburbs out farther and making commutes longer.

However, is it a smart idea? Is it even safe, given the fact that future earthquakes are not just a possibility -- but a certainty in some areas? If they aren't already, investors need to be conscious of their risks.

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