Real Estate Law

Using an Expert Witness in Real Estate Disputes

By Steve Beede, BPE Law Founder / Counsel On May 5th, I had the privilege of addressing the meeting of the California Real Estate Expert Witnesses Forum, a branch of the California Association of Realtors. This is the third time I spoke to this group on real estate legal issues affecting the real estate profession […]

UNDERSTANDING SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE

By Steve Beede, Founder/Counsel Here’s the scenario: The Buyer has finally found the home of their dreams and they and their real estate agent are excited that the Seller has accepted their offer. Suddenly, the agent gets an e-mail from the Seller’s agent: the Seller has found a buyer willing to pay more and is […]

Easements – Part 6: Termination and Abandonment

Today we complete our series of Articles on the creation, use, protection, and now termination of Easements. You can view all of the prior Easement Articles (as well as all other Articles) in the News/Blog section of our website at www.bpelaw.com. As always, if you have any questions about your real estate, business, estate planning, […]

SEARCHING FOR A PROPERTY MANAGER

A great many of our clients at BPE Law Group are real estate investors who have long handled all of the tasks involved with owning and managing rental property. For those who are members of the Baby Boom generation and approaching retirement, the demands of management are in conflict with their desires to travel and […]

Documents Retention – How Long Must We Keep All That Paper

Whenever a dispute arises concerning a real estate transaction, the first thing the attorneys do is request a copy of your file. Why? Quite simply because all real estate contracts are required to be in writing including any information on which the contract is based. It is not uncommon for buyers, sellers, and agents to […]

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 […]

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 […]
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