It’s all in the ADVERTISING Name

When William Shakespeare’s Juliet said the famous quote,“What’s in a name?”, she was explaining how a name is not a big deal. While that may be true for Romeo and Juliet, it is certainly not the case when it comes to obtaining a Public Report from the DRE. The time involved in obtaining a Public […]

Inflation

The U.S. Labor Department published its annual inflation rate today for the 12-months ending in July 2020.  The Annual Inflation rate is 1.0%, up from 0.6% last month, and 0.1% in May – the lowest inflation rate since the Covid Pandemic.  This brings the 20-year average inflation rate to 2.1%. So far during this pandemic, […]

Housing Is Looking Up

Last night, before going to bed, I saw the S&P Homebuilders Index (XHB) was up over 8% in after-hours trading. This morning, I checked and the Index was holding up over 4%!   Why the jump?   That’s after the NAHB and Wells Fargo released worse than expected housing data showing the effects of the […]

Creating Multiple Street Lots

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Selling homes in phases? Consider structuring your next subdivision map to include multiple road lots.  Asphalt streets are definitely one of the most expensive items that HOA’s maintain.  Breaking the road lot into multiple lots to match your sales plan can save thousands. Think of it this way; if you have all of the streets […]

Deferment of Assessments

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When an HOA is created, the dues start in any phase when the first lot or unit is sold. For planning purposes, it’s important to note that the DRE Regulations allow for HOA assessments to be waived for HOA-maintained improvements that are not complete. Regulation 2792.16c, in a nutshell, stipulates that any assessments for common […]

HOA Financing

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Does your HOA common area need to be rejuvenated, but your bank account doesn’t allow for much more than a new paint job?  Well, the good news is that most banks consider HOAs good investments.  Obtaining credit from a reputable agency is often much more palatable than special assessments and may be easy to obtain!  […]

DRE Due-Diligence Matters

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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 […]

E-FILING becomes a reality in 2018

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E-FILING becomes a reality in 2018 Electronic filings have 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 of 2018.  Based on the success rate of the beta filings, […]

Processing Delays at DRE on the Horizon

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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 has scrambled to hire administrative staff to support the Department, filling 18 new positions in July; but those are not […]

The Benefits to Living in A Common Interest Development

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A well-run Homeowners Association (HOA) can lead to an increase in property value and heightened satisfaction from owners and can 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% […]