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Holding Real Estate as Joint Tenants

Joint tenancy is a common method for owners of real estate to hold title together. A significant difference between holding title as tenancy in common or joint tenancy is that in a joint tenancy, when one owner dies, the surviving owner or owners acquire the deceased owner’s share automatically. Joint tenancy can be one way […]

By |November 20th, 2017|Real Estate|Comments Off on Holding Real Estate as Joint Tenants

Things to Consider When a Purchasing a Home to Someone You Are Not Married To

The Huffington Post recently ran an article “Read This Before You Buy a House With Someone You’re Not Married To,” and I would agree with many of the statements made in the article. It is important to note that engaged couples and couples cohabitating without being married risk not having the protections afforded by California’s […]

By |November 18th, 2017|Estate Planning, Real Estate|Comments Off on Things to Consider When a Purchasing a Home to Someone You Are Not Married To

The Heggstad Petition Explained

Recently, I have had to file a few Heggstad Petitions in order to help clients put real property into a revocable trust. A Heggstad Petition is necessary when a person creates a revocable trust but does not actually place any property into the trust. Generally, when you draft a revocable trust you should also draft […]

By |November 17th, 2017|Estate Planning, Real Estate|Comments Off on The Heggstad Petition Explained

Gentrification in Boyle Heights

NBC recently wrote an article on gentrification in Boyle Heights. Most of Boyle Heights falls within the City of Los Angeles and many of the units would be subject to the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance (the formal name of Los Angeles’ rent control). The LARSO sets forth a variety of reasons that a landlord […]

By |November 15th, 2017|Landlord-Tenant, Real Estate|Comments Off on Gentrification in Boyle Heights

Charlie Chaplin’s Cottage is Coming Back to Life

Hollywood filmmaker Charlie Chaplin built the Chaplin Court bungalows in the year 1923 on  North Formosa Avenue with the aim of providing a living place for crew and cast working at his studio that was a couple of blocks away. He also wanted to provide a place to stay for those who were just visiting […]

By |February 17th, 2017|Real Estate|Comments Off on Charlie Chaplin’s Cottage is Coming Back to Life

Tiny Home Competition Keeps California Colleges Busy

Is bigger better or is less really more? The counterculture tiny home movement has hit the California college campuses searching for innovation and inspiration. In 1978 the average American home was about 1700 square feet with an average of 3.5 people living in it.  Fast forward to 2013 when the average home increased by almost […]

By |December 30th, 2016|Real Estate|Comments Off on Tiny Home Competition Keeps California Colleges Busy

Don’t Get Stuck Paying Excessive Taxes on Real Estate Transactions

The old saying goes, as long as there have been taxes, there’s been people trying to avoid them. Legally, of course! The case is no different concerning two brothers fighting excessive real estate taxes. Their business, a limited liability company (LLC), owns an apartment building in Los Angeles. Their case is pending review by the […]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Real Estate|Comments Off on Don’t Get Stuck Paying Excessive Taxes on Real Estate Transactions

Interesting Facts About Real Estate in Orange County

Real estate in Orange County is known to be desirable, offering great weather all year round with luxury home markets and a suburban life only a short distance from the city. If you are considering relocating to Orange County, here are 5 interesting facts about real estate in the area that you probably did not […]

By |November 4th, 2016|Real Estate|Comments Off on Interesting Facts About Real Estate in Orange County

These Are Being Turned Into Housing for the Homeless! Incredible!

Just like in Los Angeles, Orange County has been struggling with a rising number of homeless people. In the last two years, the number has risen from 13,000 to 15,000. The growing number of homeless encampments along the banks of Santa Ana River and in Santa Ana civic center has also raised a public outcry.

In […]

By |October 23rd, 2016|Real Estate|Comments Off on These Are Being Turned Into Housing for the Homeless! Incredible!

Determining an Equitable Easement

In a recent case involving an issue of equitable easement, the Court of Appeals found the trial Court’s decision within its realm of discretion and affirmed the lower Courts judgment. Ali and Mahnaz Tashakori were the owners of two properties in Rancho Palos Verdes. An undeveloped lot and a lot with a house on it, […]

By |June 14th, 2016|Real Estate|Comments Off on Determining an Equitable Easement