E-FILING becomes a reality in 2018 Electronic filings has been discussed for the past five years, and some thought it might never happen.  Alas, it is happening, in 2018.  Our firm will be participating in beta testing of pink report application filings in July, 2018.  Based on the success rate of the beta filings, it is possible that full electronic filings will be available as early as the fi...

It's official!  The Department of Real Estate is back!  The former Bureau of Real Estate has regained independence and is back to operating as an independent Department within California's government structure.   Since this announcement, management is scrambling to hire administrative staff to support the Department, filling 18 new positions in July; but those are not the only positions needing to...

A well-run Homeowners Association (HOA) can lead to an increase in property value, heightened satisfaction from owners, and considerably enhance your home ownership experience. A recent survey from The Community Associations Institute reported 84% of HOA members stated their governing board continually acted in the best interest of their community, and that 85% of HOA residents shared the same pos...

It’s a great time to be a home builder in California.  Not only is our state a gorgeous place to live, but it’s a state very much in need of more homes.  Below are a few reasons it’s a fantastic to be a home builder in California: Building Adds Jobs To The State According to a recent study by the California Homebuilding Foundation, building new homes creates more than 200,000 jobs per year t...

One of the first questions we get asked when meeting someone is, “Which Projects have you worked on?”  Most recently, the second question is almost always, “Where are they getting the water for that?” It would appear the California drought is still alive and well and, as the hot summer days are approaching, the question is becoming more relevant as a concern for home builders. During the hei...

Here’s the scenario: you’re creating a 50-lot gated community, where the monthly dues will be $100/per-lot. Here’s the problem: Once you begin selling homes, the HOA will collect dues on all unsold lots. You can pay monthly on all 50 lots until they’re all sold and slowly eat into your profits, or you can phase the project into smaller “Marketing Phases”.  You only pay dues on unsold lots withi...

The Bills Are Coming The state has been working on several bills to overcome the housing crisis, and one of the most discussed and disputed is AB 2353 (Frazier). AB 2353 (Frazier) shortens the timeframe for action against a person or business for a construction defect from ten years to five years after substantial completion of the project. Favoring View Tightening the window of leg...

Building dream homes in a planned development is a smooth and uninterrupted process for most of our clients. It's a fairly simple process despite a few additional steps involved – we do most of the heavy lifting for you.  In rare cases, any issues experienced are mostly related to HOA management or the HOA board members. In some cases, the delays have prolonged more than a year, but with a few ...

California passed the famous Proposition 13 more than forty years ago to rein in exorbitant property taxes. From the taxation perspective, the initiative also made it more beneficial for homeowners to stay in their homes. Now, however, Californians are being requested to vote in favor of a tax measure that can make the tax expense more bearable for the senior citizens of the state who may want ...

The balcony collapse at U. C., Berkeley in 2015, killing six people, was caused by a series of preventable failures. The balcony was poorly designed, badly constructed, and not inspected and maintained effectively. To target this safety measure gap, the Senate passed Senate Bill 721 (SB721) in January (the bill is currently at the State Assembly as of this writing), which requires properties wi...