After the Final Public Report is issued, and the master documents are disbursed, the DRE file here at CBS is suspended, in case any issues or questions arise after the fact.  Many of the common questions are, “what happens after sales close?” When the first sale closes in a common interest development, the HOA springs to life. Assessments are due for collection on the first day of the followi...

In response to a balcony collapse in Berkley, California in 2015, SB 721 has been passed and signed into law. Effective January 2019, all multi-family buildings containing at least 3 units are required to have any load-bearing balconies and decks inspected by a licensed architect, civil or structural engineer, or building contractor. This inspection must be paid for by the property owners and prov...

It is that time again. The time of year to hone in on short term goals and personal achievements for the coming year. And, if you are anything like the average American, your top goals for 2019 may include reducing stress, tighter monetary management, and a well-proportioned relationship between the work-life balance. Fortunately, CBS has created the gift that keeps on giving. The Phase Predict...

This is by far the most-frequent question we encounter in our day-to-day business.  And the good news is, that we can usually provide a fairly good estimate of the time period required for your particular project!  The Department of Real Estate is governed by specific timeframes in which they must respond to an application filing.  The regulatory timeframes, coupled with detailed information about...

Final Public Reports that are issued to a Subdivision are subject to maintaining an accurate representation of the property. Sometimes what sparks the need for an Amendment filing can correspond to more than one aspect of the Public Report, such as the date of expiration. Material changes to the Subdivision after issuance of the Final Report may require that a Subdivider needs to file for an Am...

Part of the mapping and development process in conjunction with the Public Report filing process may involve bonding for various items along the way.  There may be as many as ten or more bonds required throughout the site development phase, and compliance with the DRE process can only add to that.  For these reasons, it is advantageous of Subdividers to get acquainted with the approach that can re...

A “subdivision” is defined as “improved or unimproved land” divided into five or more lots or parcels for the purpose of sale, lease, or financing...  Any person or entity who owns five or more lots in a subdivision is considered a “Subdivider.”  Subdividers must get a Final Public Report before offering subdivision lots for sale to the public. There are several exemptions to this requirement, ...

The time has finally come!  E-filing is available at the DRE.  All it requires is a quick registration with the Subdivision Online Public Reporting System, or SOPRAS.  Each SRP (Single Responsible Party) and each Subdivider must register to submit electronic files. Initially, Preliminary (Pink) Public Reports will be the only electronic filing application available, with the others to be coded ...

We often get calls from clients considering a purchase of a "broken" project, who are in the due diligence period on a project.   In this situation, it is worth the effort to investigate the project from the Department of Real Estate (DRE) perspective.  Was it filed with DRE previously?  Are there any red flags in the public report?  What would an amendment filing at DRE look like for this project...

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 begin collecting dues on all unsold lots. You can pay monthly dues on all 50 lots until they’re all sold and eat into your profits or you can phase the project into smaller “marketing phases” during which you only pay dues on u...