Private eye

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...
computer

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, it is possible that full electronic filings will be available as early as the...
Home community

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% of HOA residents shared the sa...
Framing a home

It’s a great time to be a homebuilder 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 time to be a homebuilder 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 yea...
Severe drought signage

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...
Court room

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 lega...
Hostage

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 the rare problematic cases, issues are usually related to HOA management or the HOA board members. In some cases, the delays have prolonged more than a year, but with a few...
For sale signage

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 ...
Home inspector

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...

Making headlines this month was the story of an HOA being successfully sued for $20-Million Dollars because of a faulty swing set. The Nevada court jury agreed that the playground equipment was improperly maintained and not inspected regularly.  When the swing set finally broke, it caused a serious head injury to one of the tenant’s children. This case highlights the importance of regular maint...