Category Archives: California real estate laws

What Happens When CA Property Is Not Deeded Into a Living Trust

Revocable Living Trusts are popular in California and a way that lots of people hold title to their real estate and other assets. However, some people forget or neglect to transfer their assets into that trust. Example is that a … Continue reading

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Homeowner Leasing of Solar Panels Can Be Risky

Homeowner leasing of solar panels can be tricky and cause challenges when it comes to sell or refinance the home. Kenneth R. Harney said at his March 22, 2015 article:  “Can going green by leasing solar panels for your roof … Continue reading

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Landlord Liability for a Tenant’s Pets in California

California Law re Landlord Liability for a Tenant’s Pets Can the landlord be liable if the tenant’s dog bites or otherwise harms someone? Answer:  Possibly. Under California law, an owner of any dog is liable if a person is bitten … Continue reading

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California Court Holds Lender Waived Right to Deficiency Judgment

In First California Bank v. McDonald, a California court of appeal recently held that a lender waived its right to a deficiency judgment where it permitted the sale of real property outside of the judicial foreclosure without the borrower’s consent. … Continue reading

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Does a Will Cover Everything I Own?

Does a Will Cover Everything I Own? No. Generally speaking, your will affects only those assets that are titled in your name at your death. Those assets that are not affected by your will include Life insurance. The cash proceeds … Continue reading

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“Community Property and Community Property With Right of Survivorship” – California law on holding title to property

California law on joint ownership of real property   “Community Property and Community Property With Right of Survivorship” A married couple or registered domestic partners may hold property as community property. (Cal. Fam. Code §760.) Community property is similar to joint … Continue reading

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Private Transfer Fees Recorded on Homes in CA Must Be Disclosed to All Buyers

The real estate developer at Ladera Ranch at South Orange County and other areas in CA have imposed and recorded Private Transfer Fees that are required to be paid by all buyers (PTFs) each time the home is sold.

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Protect and Transfer Your Home’s Property Tax Basis to a Replacement Home at Orange County CA

Protect and Transfer Your Home’s Property Tax Basis to a Replacement Home at Orange County CA Property taxes are very important for home owners in California and Orange County. This especially important because property taxes are based upon assessed values, … Continue reading

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Property Buyers in CA Should Be Advised About Implications of an Earthquake Zone Report

Property Buyers in CA Should Be Advised About Implications of an Earthquake Zone Report. A California court of appeal has ruled that the real estate broker for buyers failed in their obligation to investigate, understand and communicate to buyers the … Continue reading

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California Law on Smoke Detector Device Specifications Has Changed

California Law on Smoke Detector Device Specifications Has Changed BY HARRISON K. LONG  –  Professional Real Estate Sales Representative, Real estate broker, Orange County, CA. California law requires smoke detectors at homes and residential properties and that sellers are required … Continue reading

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