Courtside Newsletter: Ahead of the Curve: Real Estate Technology & What It Means for You

Tide and time wait for no man, and the Information Age’s effect on real estate is no exception. However, it seems that recently we have been seeing an influx of new technology that not only targets how real estate practitioners distribute and execute forms, but also how consumers buy and sell homes. Currently, there is a back-and-forth argument taking place among many REALTORS® with many pushing for growth and expansion of real estate technologies, whilst others argue that these same technologies are disruptive and will take over traditional real estate practices.

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Posted on September 23, 2017 and filed under courtside newsletter.

Courtside Newsletter: Don’t Want to Rent to College Students? Better Have a Good Reason

From cash flow to keggers, many landlords may have a host of concerns about renting to college students. With the new school season fast approaching, the question arises: can a landlord refuse to rent to these (oftentimes) young tenants? The answer isn’t as clear cut as one might anticipate. Ultimately, it depends. Long story short, a landlord may not unlawfully discriminate against a college student in an arbitrary manner, or on the basis of the college student being a member of a protected group. The landlord must be able to establish that he has a legitimate, nondiscriminatory justification for his decision, which he has applied equally. We discuss this further below.

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Posted on July 15, 2017 .

Courtside Newsletter: C.A.R. New and Revised Forms Release

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW, CASEY MCINTOSH, PARALEGAL

Slated for release the week of June 26, 2017, the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) has issued four new forms and revised 16 existing forms. In keeping with tradition, this month’s Courtside Newsletter will explore these new and revised forms, keeping real estate practitioners apprised of the industry changes and trends reflected therein.

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Posted on June 15, 2017 and filed under courtside newsletter.

Courtside Newsletter: CA Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Real Estate Agent in Statute of Frauds Case

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW, ASHLEY A. RICHARDSON, LAW CLERK,
CASEY MCINTOSH, PARALEGAL

In February, the California Court of Appeal (“Court”) ruled on the question of whether a real estate agent can bring a lawsuit against the owners of a property for a commission if not all of the owners signed the listing agreement, but one owner allegedly signed on behalf of all owners. Long story short, the Court ultimately decided that a real estate agent should have the ability to bring a suit to prove the owner signed on behalf of others.

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Posted on June 15, 2017 and filed under courtside newsletter.