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Investing in Real Estate? Don’t Use a Suspended LLC or Corporation

January 6, 2020

If you are investing in real estate through a suspended LLC or corporation, this is a bad idea.   Imagine that you have identified a fantastic real estate investment opportunity, and you have the purchase of this real estate…

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California’s New Rent Control Law

September 30, 2019

California legislators just passed a historic rent control bill, becoming one of a growing list of states to pass statewide rent control and other tenant protections.  The bill is expected to be signed into law…

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How to Deal With a Hoarding Tenant

August 31, 2019

If you are a landlord with residential properties, then you have probably dealt with your share of problematic tenants.  You may have dealt with tenants who don’t pay rent on time, who bring in pets…

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New Real Estate Fraud Charges Against Woman Already Accused of Multi-Million Dollar Scam Targeting Elderly Californians

July 31, 2019

Real estate ownership and management can be complicated, particularly for elderly Americans.  California has several laws in place that specifically protect the elderly in property transactions in order to prevent unscrupulous parties from taking advantage…

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Is a Bridge Loan a Good Idea?

June 28, 2019

Flipping real estate, especially if you’re a relatively new investor, may entail purchasing a new property before the sale of a previous investment is complete. This may mean that funds critical to a new purchase…

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California Passes New Statutory CEQA Exemption

May 29, 2019

As readers of this blog know, the regulatory requirements imposed by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) can increase the cost, time, and overall difficulty of real estate development.  Any new exemption or other limitation…

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What Rights in a California Lease Remain After the Stated Term Ends?

April 30, 2019

Most landlords are familiar with the concept of a “holdover” tenant:  When a lease sets a specific term such as 12 months, then the term expires without the parties explicitly renewing or ending the lease,…

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California Appeals Court Approves Class 3 Exemption to CEQA Over Landslide Concerns

March 31, 2019

A California appellate court governing the city of Berkeley recently issued a decision favorable to developers looking for ways to get outside of the purview of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  As we have…

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California Supreme Court Grants Review Of Regulatory Taking Issues

February 28, 2019

Regulations can functionally destroy the value of a property.  Limiting buildings to a certain size or for certain uses, or denying permits to operate certain types of businesses or build buildings of a particular size…

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Challenging Zoning Decisions in San Diego

January 21, 2019

Local governments use zoning decisions to organize land use across cities.  The City and County of San Diego have zoning ordinances that establish which types of buildings and uses for buildings are permitted in various…

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3 Benefits of Hiring a Property Manager

December 31, 2018

If you’ve entered the field of real estate investment by purchasing a rental property, you may feel daunted at adding the handling of your tenants’ day-to-day needs to your list of existing responsibilities. Professional property…

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Choosing a Home Inspector

November 29, 2018

If you’re purchasing an investment property that you plan to renovate and resell, it’s important that you understand the full extent of the necessary repairs before the sale is final, so that you can feel…

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Four Ways that Escrow Can Go Wrong

October 29, 2018

Whether you’re buying or selling a residential property, you’re hoping that nothing new or surprising arises during the escrow period. Escrow is typically uneventful, but on the occasions where things go wrong, the entire deal…

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When Contractors Aren’t Licensed, Property Owners May Face Liability

September 27, 2018

When you’re rehabilitating an investment property, you have to be careful not to put more money into the renovations than you can expect to make from a subsequent sale. This often means shopping for contractors…

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What Happens if a Seller Refuses to Close Escrow?

August 31, 2018

Perhaps you’ve been searching for the ideal property to purchase for months, and you’ve finally landed on a house that is in the location you want and is priced fairly. Your offer was accepted, and…

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Avoiding Lawsuits over Construction Defects

July 23, 2018

If you’re renovating a home for resale, it’s important that construction projects are completed correctly, but also that they’re completed quickly. After all, until the home is resold, you and any potential investors won’t see…

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Planning on Flipping a Home in California? Here are 3 Important Legal Issues You Should Understand First

June 29, 2018

If you’re planning on investing in real estate by purchasing and flipping a home, there are certain legal issues that could throw a wrench into your resale plans. Read on to learn about three of…

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Investing in Real Estate through a HUD Home Purchase

May 31, 2018

As a real estate investor, your goal is to make the biggest possible return on your investment dollar, which may require you to get creative in finding new properties in which to invest. Some investors…

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Easement Rights in California

April 17, 2018

Imagine that you’ve recently bought a piece of real estate in San Diego. While visiting the property after a purchase, you’re started to notice that a stranger is walking through your property. Upon further investigation,…

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Finding Mold in a Potential Property Purchase

March 30, 2018

There are few issues in a home or building that can send potential buyers running quite like mold. Home buyers and real estate investors have been taught that mold is a major liability and should…

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Buying a House with Unpermitted Additions: Is It a Good Idea?

February 16, 2018

When adding on or renovating a portion of a California home, owners are often required to obtain permits for this type of construction. Obtaining a permit can be a costly and time-consuming process. The process…

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How do California Property Owners Resolve Real Estate Boundary Disputes?

January 23, 2018

One of the most basic facts about a property is the boundary line that separates that property from others. We assume that decades-old title documents or boundary fences are an accurate depiction of property boundaries,…

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Six Things California Buyers Need to Know about Requesting Repairs

December 28, 2017

As a real estate investor, you’re looking for a property that will provide a good return on your investment, but you still want the purchase to constitute a good deal. Sometimes, this involves buying a…

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Options to Deal With Mortgage Distress and How to Evaluate Your Alternatives

February 7, 2013

This blog is intended to share the most frequent alternatives that many home owners have to address their mortgage distress. The key to any home owner who has not been making payments on their home…

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