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3 things that must be included in disclosures

Selling a piece of real estate is a stressful endeavor. Even if you are a pro selling in a high-demand area, there are often complications that can demand extra attention. One of the most common sources of such complication is the disclosures. Disclosures are intended to reveal all relevant issues and potential problems relating to a piece of property—if they are incomplete, a seller can be held legally liable.

3 common types of real estate broker malpractice

Part of your real estate transaction may have involved the professional assistance of a real estate broker or brokerage firm. A broker is different from an agent in that the former goes through additional, in-depth education, must take another exam to receive this higher license and generally has more experience.

Understanding rights of way and easements

You are considering a home purchase, but you notice there is an easement in the title deed. Additionally, you have heard about rights of way and easement issues while looking for your dream home. Can an easement change the way you feel about your home purchase? How might a right of way or easement affect Californians when they are living on properties that have them?

3 questions to ask a prospective real estate attorney

If you are considering buying or selling a property and you are facing a situation that is somewhat atypical or complicated, you may find it beneficial to hire a qualified, experienced real estate attorney to work on your behalf. Even seemingly simple real estate transactions sometimes turn into highly convoluted or hotly contested matters, and having someone who knows the ins and outs of the industry working on your behalf can mean the difference between finalizing a transaction and returning to the drawing board.

What you should know about real estate disclosures

Because buying property in Santa Rosa is one of the biggest investments you will ever make, you should learn about what your responsibilities are as a buyer. Most real estate transactions require sellers to inform buyers about defects and issues that can impact the property’s value and your comfort. 

3 qualities to look for in a real estate attorney

Real estate can be confusing. While some deals may be possible with a realtor or broker, you need an attorney when you are going through a complicated or risky real estate transaction. If you are thinking of hiring a real estate attorney, you need to make sure you hire the right one. Just because someone is a real estate attorney does not necessarily mean you should choose that person to handle your case.

3 types of easements you may encounter

An easement can be a complex issue to navigate without the guidance of legal counsel. If you are developing real estate or investing in a property, however, it is essential that you understand its implications. Typically, an easement is a law that entitles its holder to use a property for a specific purpose. The catch is that the easement holder need not be the owner of the property.

New construction concerns? Why you should hire an attorney A.S.A.P.

Why wouldn't you? You've bought a new house. It's everything you wanted and the contractor was great to work with. When you had concerns, he listened. When he bought the wrong paint, he immediately replaced it. He even bought you a local wine to celebrate the completion of the house. You couldn't be happier.