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“Savvy & Sage: Tips on Buying and Selling in 2009,” a new Survival in San Diego series where you can ask your pressing real estate questions and get answers from knowledgeable real estate experts who will be guest-hosting the blog in the coming months.

We’ll kick off the series tomorrow with guest host Leonard Baron, a real estate professor at San Diego State University and principal of LPB Services, a real estate consulting firm.

Baron promises to share some of the stuff he teaches his SDSU students, including how to “pencil out” a real estate deal to determine whether buying or renting makes more financial sense.

Baron has years of experience buying, selling, rehabbing and renting out residential properties and loves “kicking the tires of a good piece of San Diego dirt,” he says. He currently owns four properties and is hoping to buy three or four more in the next six months.

Whether you’re looking to buy, thinking of selling or just trying to figure out some aspect of a real estate transaction, here’s your chance to ask. You can leave your question as a comment below, or send it to me via e-mail (kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org) today or tomorrow. We’ll be posting Baron’s responses throughout the day tomorrow.

If the home-selling conversation we had around the first of the year — and the experience of our house-hunter, David Cleveland — are any indication, you all have a lot of good questions and insight to share about navigating this market. I’m looking forward to a good day of discussion.


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