1. I am considering investing in real estate. Can you explain how people avoid taxes just by owning property?

      Reader Question: I am considering investing in real estate. Can you explain how people avoid taxes just by owning property? Monty’s Answer: Real estate investors do not invest in real estate to avoid taxes. They invest in real estate to build wealth. Appreciation, income, and depreciation create wealth in real estate. Depreciation is also […]

    October 16, 2018
  2. We found a home we are very interested in buying. We hear a lot of different opinions about how to check out the neighborhood. Do you have a due-diligence checklist?

    Reader Question: We found a home we are very interested in buying. We hear a lot of different opinions about how to check out the neighborhood. Do you have a neighborhood due diligence checklist? Monty’s Answer: Consider a conversation over a checklist. The reason you hear so many opinions is that people’s circumstances and life […]

    June 4, 2018
  3. We are moving to a new community. Our friends made such a move, and had an unhappy ending. What can we do to prevent a similar mistake?

      Reader Question: We want to be avoiding emotional relocation turmoil. A job-related move to a new community is in our near future. We have friends that made such a move, and with some bad advice they ended up in a marginal neighborhood. What can we do to prevent a similar mistake? Monty’s Answer: There are […]

    October 29, 2017
  4. Should I be paying cash for a home worth $200,000?

    Reader ​Question: ​Are there any benefits to paying cash for a home worth $200,000?​ Monty’s Answer: This is an issue to which you would receive different answers depending on the disposition of the person answering the question. Leverage is the gold standard for most real estate investors. Many non-investors believe their home is not an […]

    July 17, 2017