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  • Home sale under $400,000? An Appraisal May Not be Required Soon!

    Today we take a look at recent Fed action involving appraisals and mortgage lending. The Fed is currently looking at changing the rules related to when a property transaction involving a property under $400,000 is required to have an appraisal completed. Is this a wise decision in today’s market place? Only time will tell. As […]

    Part 2 — When the Agent Can be Compelled to Mediate/Arbitrate

    Today, we conclude our look at when agents/brokers may be compelled to participate in mediation or arbitration. While generally, they must contractually agree to such, in some situations, the court has carved out exceptions to when a party may be required to participate in mediation/arbitration even though they contractually did not agree. It can happen! […]

    DRE Files Accusation Against eXp Realty

    Recently, the DRE filed an Accusation against eXp Realty. In today’s article, attorney Alex Munn explains just how easy to find yourself in trouble with DRE if you are not carefully monitoring compliance. The purpose of this article is to be informative related to compliance issues that the DRE routinely regulates. As always, if you […]

    Moehrl v. NAR — Will this Shakeup the Industry?

    In today’s economy there is one constant: change. Self-driving vehicles. Uber. Amazon. The same is true for the real estate industry. Disruptors like Redfin, Purple Bricks and OpenDoor are seeking to change the way Realtors operate, and how they get paid. Today’s Blog article will examine another attack on the industry – by plaintiffs lawyers […]

    Understanding Fiduciary Duties — Part 2

    Today we finish our look at the fiduciary obligations owed to clients. Real estate professionals owe a great duty of care and loyalty to their clients. They hold a position of trust and the law sets forth how this position of trust should be maintained. As always, if you have any questions about your real […]
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    Update on ADU Legislation

    Today we look at the legislative updates related to granny flats. It is no secret that California is in the midst of a housing shortage crisis. The only way that shortage will be dealt with is encouraging construction through legislative reform. One of those reforms that needs to be addressed is related to the construction […]

    Preparing for Tax Time 2019

    Much of the tax landscape changed with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Some of these changes were beneficial and others — the impacts remain to be seen. Today we examine some of the things real estate agents should be considering when preparing to file taxes. As always, if you have any questions […]