CALIFORNIA RESIDENTIAL PURCHASE AGREEMENT UNDERGOES THOROUGH REVISION

California’s standard Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA), produced by the California Association of Realtors® (CAR) is undergoing a major revamping.  While the changes being made do not represent a radical transformation or restructuring of the nature of the agreement, there are still many, many changes.  Some of them are only slight alterations in wording; others are […]

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CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF REAL ESTATE ROLLS OUT “CITE AND FINE” POLICY

The Summer 2014 issue of the Real Estate Bulletin, produced by the California Bureau of Real Estate, announces that the Bureau has finalized its authority to issue citations and assess fines without first going through a lengthy, and sometimes expensive, process of administrative hearings.  The details of the “cite and fine” program can be found […]

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EASEMENTS MAY CREATE RIGHTS AND DUTIES

When an easement over someone’s land is granted, it creates rights and duties for both parties.  These are not always obvious.  A recent California appellate decision (Dolnikov v. Ekizian, Second Appellate District, December 10, 2013) sheds light on the principles at work. Before turning to the facts of the case, a word about the terminology.  […]

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