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What Happens During the Due Diligence Period on a Residential Purchase?

What Happens During the Due Diligence Period on a Residential Purchase?

Whether you’re buying or selling real estate, it is exciting to finally have a signed sales contract in your hand. But of course, something can still go wrong in the…

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UPDATE:  The Death of the Independent Contractor

UPDATE: The Death of the Independent Contractor

Recently we provided an update on the continuing saga of the controversial new court decision and new California law which aim to significantly restrict which workers can be classified as…

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Can Sellers Ever Back Out of a Real Estate Contract?

Can Sellers Ever Back Out of a Real Estate Contract?

Once a real estate contract is signed, it’s uncommon for either party to back out. After all, quite a lot of time and effort have been expended by both parties….

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Do I Need a Real Estate Agent to Purchase or Sell a Property?

Do I Need a Real Estate Agent to Purchase or Sell a Property?

The do-it-yourself lifestyle has grown in popularity thanks to the easy availability of information on the Internet. Those who are budget conscious or enjoy a challenge have adopted a pioneering…

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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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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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How Should I Hold Title to My Real Property?
August 7, 2018

How Should I Hold Title to My Real Property?

Deciding how to hold title to real property is more than a simple real estate decision. How your property is titled can have ramifications for your estate plan and your…

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What Are My Real Estate Agent’s Obligations to Me?
July 23, 2018

What Are My Real Estate Agent’s Obligations to Me?

When you hire a real estate agent to represent you in buying or selling a home, you are entering into a type of legal relationship called a “principal-agent relationship,” or…

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