BPE Newsletter

UPDATE ON NEW REAL ESTATE LAWS FOR 2017

A great many new laws took effect on January 1, 2017 some of which have a direct impact on Buyers and Sellers of real estate as well as their brokers and agents. Here are the major issues that we see impacting property owners. 1. Water Conservation Disclosure: Effective January 1st, all single family homes are […]

COMMERCIAL FINANCING – Part 4: Security Instruments

by BPE Law Senior Attorney and Co-Manager, Keith Dunnagan In the previous posts we have reviewed promissory notes and business loan agreements. The next step is securitization. Very few commercial lenders want unsecured loans. Nearly all commercial loans require some form of security if not multiple forms of security. It is important to understand what […]

UNDERSTANDING FIDUCIARY DUTY – Real Estate Agents

A real estate agent has numerous duties in representing the interests of their clients: duties to perform their contract obligations, and duties to act competently in what they do, and duties to act in the best interests of their clients. This last duty is what is called a “fiduciary duty” and it is imposed by […]

TO DISCLOSE OR NOT – IT GOES BEYOND DEFECTS

This Winter’s storms have brought substantial rains and have gone a long way towards potentially eliminating our lingering drought. However, those rains have caused more immediate problems for the large number of homeowners who find their homes impacted with problems that were not disclosed to them by the Seller or Agents when they bought. We […]

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TREE DAMAGE?

High winds and heavy rains have caused numerous trees and branches to fall, often onto adjacent properties. The question arises: Who is responsible to clean up the damage? The answer is complicated and varied dependent upon a number of facts. 1. Who Owns the Tree? Tree ownership is based upon where the trunk is situated. […]

WHEN SHOULD YOU GET AN ATTORNEY INVOLVED?

by Attorney Steve Beede One of the first questions we are commonly asked is when should you get an attorney involved. The easy answer is “if you’re worried about it, the best time is now”. Today’s Article will deal with this question in the context of real estate and business relationships. As always, if you […]

Meet the Artist and Adventurer Steve Beede

The veteran attorney and musician by Carol Percy, Reporter, Lincoln News Messenger (Jan. 4, 2017) It would be hard to imagine someone more diversified than Steve Beede. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, the Lincoln resident is both a practicing real estate attorney who owns two offices in Placer County and a professional musician with the local […]
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