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The Significance of the Liquidated Damages Provision in the Residential Purchase Agreement

The vast majority of real estate agents and brokers are familiar with pre-printed purchase contracts for land such as the Residential Purchase Agreement and Deposit Receipt published by the California Association of Realtors Form RPA-CA Rev. 11/14 (C.A.R. ©). However,  you may not be familiar with paragraph 21 B of this document entitled “Liquidated Damages”.Read More

Legal Duties in Residential and Commercial Transactions

Legal Duties in Residential and Commercial Transactions of a Licensed Real Estate Agent or Broker

Introduction – The Law and Primary Issue California Civil Code section 2079 sets forth the statutory duty of a real estate licensee in the State of California to both the buyer and the seller of a real estate transaction, whether it involves residential, commercial or vacant land. Civil Code section 2079.2 sets forth that theRead More

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How to Advise Foreign Language or Visually Impaired Real Estate Clients

Advising a client who is sight impaired or who cannot read or write in the English language Over the years as a real estate attorney in litigated and risk management inquiries, I have had to deal with situations where a licensed real estate agent in the State of California is representing a client who isRead More

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I’ve Had A Data Breach – Now What?

A business that maintains records that include a customer’s name along with any one of the following: signature, social security number, address, telephone number, physical description, passport number, driver’s license number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, credit card number, or any other financial, medical or health insurance information, must giveRead More

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Disposal of Files

Business and Professions Code Section 10148 requires that a real estate licensee maintain his or her file for 3 years after the transaction closes or for 3 years after a listing if no transaction is consummated. Because some statutes of limitations (the time period within which a lawsuit must be filed) do not begin untilRead More

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When Does a Real Estate Agent’s Legal Duties Cease in California to His or Her Client?

In recent months I have handled an increasing number of risk management inquiries for real estate agents and brokers on the issue of when does a real estate agent’s duties cease to the client. This question typically arises after close of escrow when new “issues” arise, such as newly discovered water intrusion or pest infestationRead More

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CAR New Wire Fraud Advisory

Cyber crime targeting wire transfers is on the rise. Criminals have developed viruses that hack into email accounts of buyers, sellers, real estate agents and escrow companies. The malware records login information and then sits undetectable by commercial anti-virus software. When an email is sent or received that mentions a wire transfer, the virus alertsRead More

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The Purpose of a MLS Listing of Real Property in California

The purpose of a MLS listing of a parcel for sale. Throughout California there are many local real estate associations that provide an electronic service used by real estate agents and brokers called the “multiple listing service” (MLS). This service allows members of a given local real estate association to see each other’s listings ofRead More

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A Realtor’s and Seller’s Duty to Disclose All Prior Inspection Reports on a Listed Property

The duty to disclose all that is material affecting price paid or desirability Over the years, I frequently come across risk management inquiries involving whether a seller and his or her listing agent need to disclose prior property inspection reports of the property being listed for sale. Negative prior third-party expert reports on the listedRead More

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How to Prevent a California Civil Code Section 1088 Violation

California Civil Code section 1088 Many real estate agents are not familiar with the provisions of California Civil Code section 1088. I am quite familiar with this provision having defended many real estate licenses over the years for placing inaccurate information in a listing posted in a given real estate association’s multiple listing service posting.Read More

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