Courtside Newsletter: New Laws in 2018 May Affect REALTORS®

Throughout the year, rumors from the State Capitol had it that the California Legislature was busily reforming housing laws. As you’ll see below, the rumor mill did not disappoint. In addition to the other bills signed into law this year, Governor Brown signed a package of 15 bills into law, each addressing affordable housing. Below we discuss some of the new laws, how they may impact real estate agents, and when they will become effective. 
 

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Posted on December 1, 2017 and filed under courtside newsletter.

Courtside Newsletter: California Association of REALTORS® December New & Revised Forms Release

The week of December 11, 2017, the California Association of REALTORS® (“C.A.R.”) has scheduled the release of three (3) new forms and twelve (12) revised forms for REALTOR® use. Three (3) forms will also be discontinued. Below we discuss these additions and changes in greater detail, delving into how they may affect your practice.

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Posted on November 1, 2017 and filed under courtside newsletter.

Courtside Newsletter: Cybersecurity & the Real Estate Agent: The Fallout of a Data Breach

In a world where we are living most of our lives online, the threat of a cyberattack looms at every turn. As consumers, we often think of how this could impact us. Companies like Target and Equifax have been hacked, while credit and debit card fraud occurs far too often for comfort. This access to our personal information—names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and credit card numbers—feels like a violation of our sense of security and, ultimately, our trust. 

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Posted on October 1, 2017 and filed under courtside newsletter.

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.