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Statewide Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law Takes Effect in January

Statewide Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law Takes Effect in January

As widely predicted, California’s rent control law (Assembly Bill 1482, or, the Tenant Protection Act of 2019), was signed into law in September of 2019. Landlords should note these changes…

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2020 Could Signal a Change in Property Taxes for Californians

2020 Could Signal a Change in Property Taxes for Californians

Lawmakers are currently considering a significant change to Prop 13. This tax law was originally created in 1978 to offer California residents property tax relief by limiting the tax rate….

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Sellers: Why Full Disclosure is Critical

Sellers: Why Full Disclosure is Critical

A Seller’s Worst Nightmare Once sellers have completed a transaction, the last thing they want is to revisit the sale some time later through a claim for damages by the…

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UPDATE: Death of the Independent Contractor?  The Dynamex Decision and Beyond

UPDATE: Death of the Independent Contractor? The Dynamex Decision and Beyond

Last month we discussed the landmark California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (“Dynamex”), and the pending legislation that attempts to codify the…

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The Benefits of Mediation

The Benefits of Mediation

When it comes to real estate and business dealings, most of us hope to avoid conflicts and expect that everything will proceed smoothly. Unfortunately though, sometimes disagreements do happen, and…

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Sellers and Buyers: Know the Purchase Agreement

Sellers and Buyers: Know the Purchase Agreement

Whether you are a seller or a buyer of an existing home, it is very likely that your real estate agent will use the form entitled “California Residential Purchase Agreement…

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Should I Choose Arbitration in the Residential Purchase Agreement?
November 19, 2018

Should I Choose Arbitration in the Residential Purchase Agreement?

Purchasing a home requires a lot of decisions. Sometimes a choice seems obvious, such as the option to hire a home inspector. In other cases, you might worry that making…

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Avoiding Probate and Passing Real Property to Your Heirs
October 29, 2018

Avoiding Probate and Passing Real Property to Your Heirs

We all hope that after passing, our property will pass to the person or persons we choose. But how do we ensure that will be the case? In California, the…

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What Should a Tenant Look for in a Commercial Lease?
October 11, 2018

What Should a Tenant Look for in a Commercial Lease?

A new space for your business means new opportunities for growth and success. Of course, there is another side to that coin. Signing a commercial lease also creates financial and…

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Do You Need a Pool Inspection Prior to Buying a Home?
September 25, 2018

Do You Need a Pool Inspection Prior to Buying a Home?

You’ve found the perfect home, and it has a pool. You’re ready to proceed with a home inspection and possibly make an offer on the property. But wait; do you…

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The Advantage of Mediation in Real Estate Contract Disputes
September 7, 2018

The Advantage of Mediation in Real Estate Contract Disputes

Imagine that you’ve purchased a home, only to discover that the sellers purposely omitted details about the basement which routinely floods. (Yes, in fact there are basements in California!) Or,…

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What Should a Buyer Look for When Reviewing Seller Disclosures?
August 21, 2018

What Should a Buyer Look for When Reviewing Seller Disclosures?

With regard to real estate transactions, seller disclosures lend critical information to the final purchasing decision. Disclosures are designed to bring serious known issues to the buyers’ attention, concerning safety…

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