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Valuation Of “Different” Property In Condemnation — Does a Developed Market Exist?

When real property interests are acquired by the power of eminent domain, the owner is entitled to receive “just compensation” in the form of fair market value for the property taken....more

Equitable Easement Without Preexisting Use?

When a landowner whose parcel is landlocked needs to gain legal access to the property, an “equitable easement” is often the remedy of choice. An equitable easement is normally supported by preexisting use of the easement...more

Eviction Immediately After Foreclosure?

Lenders who foreclose and take ownership of security property via credit bid at the foreclosure sale often confront a tenant whose lease has been extinguished, but who would rather not vacate the property....more

Adverse Possession of an Easement: Mistakes, Gates, and Fences

Just as fee title to real property can be lost by adverse possession, the same is true with easements. In a recent opinion from California’s Sixth District Court of Appeal — Vieira Enterprises, Inc. v. McCoy — the court...more

Tax Sales and Bankruptcy Stays

It is well understood that under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy filing triggers an “automatic stay” preventing creditors from taking any act to obtain possession of or enforce a lien against property of the...more

Just How Much Power Does Your LLC’s Manager Have?

In a recently published decision — Western Surety Co. v. La Cumbre Office Partners LLC — a California Court of Appeal tackled the issue of LLC managerial authority from a different angle. The central issue in the case was...more

Even a “Bona Fide Purchaser” Can’t Rely on a Void Judgment

Under California law, “bona fide purchasers” who buy property with no notice (actual, constructive, or otherwise) of a competing claim to the property are generally protected. The law’s favorable treatment of bona fide...more

“Broker Beware” — Get Commission Agreements In Writing

All California real estate brokers should be well aware of the statute of frauds governing their work found in Civil Code section 1624(a)(4)....more

Bankruptcy Is Not A Borrower Antidote For Loan “Default Interest”

Defaulting on a loan typically triggers a higher interest rate — “default interest” — as one of many consequences for the borrower. (Other consequences include acceleration of the maturity, late fees and penalties, and...more

Has Yvanova Lost Its Mojo For Wrongful Foreclosure Plaintiffs?

In 2016, the California Supreme Court’s decision in Yvanova v. New Century Mortgage Corporation caused a lot of excitement among plaintiffs asserting wrongful foreclosure claims and a lot of grief among secured lenders....more

Notable Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Cases from 2016

Here is a list of California’s appellate cases from 2016 in the eminent domain and inverse condemnation arenas that caught our attention...more

The Evolution of Real Estate Crowdfunding — Some Links

Real estate crowdfunding remains one of “fin-tech’s” hottest stories in 2016. While crowdfunding remains a tiny percentage of overall real estate debt or equity deals, the share continues to grow....more

California Supreme Court Weighs In On “Associate Licensee” Duties In Dual Agencies

Dual agencies — where a broker represents both the buyer and seller in a real estate transaction — raise plenty of thorny questions regarding the duties owed. These questions can become even more difficult when “associate...more

Beware CC&Rs — They Can Bite

In teaching Real Estate Transactions and Litigation to advanced Law and Business students at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law, I find that one of the most difficult concepts to explain is the impact of property use restrictions...more

Sham Guaranties Are (Still) Hard To Come By

In a prior post, Sham Guaranties Are Hard To Come By, we reviewed a decision from the First District Court of Appeal that emphasized how difficult it is for guarantors to win on a “sham guaranty” defense. That defense...more

Exercising a Real Estate Option: the Devil is in the Details

Leases often contain options to renew or extend the lease, and sometimes also an option to purchase the property at the end of the lease term. Under California law, some cases have strictly enforced the procedural...more

Damages for Seller’s Breach of a Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement: a Recent Case Example

When a seller breaches a purchase and sale agreement and fails to complete the sale to the buyer, the buyer’s usual remedy is to seek “specific performance” of the agreement — i.e., a court judgment ordering the seller to...more

Just Because A Deed Is Void Doesn’t Mean It Can Be Challenged “Any Time”

In a case reviewed last year, Salazar v. Thomas, a California Court of Appeal weighed in on how the statute of limitations applies to quiet title claims. The court held that when an owner seeks to quiet title against a...more

Yvanova Post-Script: It’s Not So Easy For Borrowers To Challenge Foreclosure Based on Defective Assignment of a Deed of Trust

For anyone who missed it, the California Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that a borrower has standing to allege wrongful foreclosure based on a void (but not merely voidable) assignment of the underlying note and deed...more

The Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (Part 2) — Would “Receiver Sales” Conflict with California Law?

In the last post — The Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (Part 1) — Pathway to “Receiver Sales” of Real Estate Security? — we previewed the “Receiver Sale” provisions of the proposed Uniform Commercial Real...more

The Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (Part 1) — Pathway to “Receiver Sales” of Real Estate Security?

“Uniform” laws seem to be all the rage these days. A group called the Uniform Law Commission (aka National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) does the drafting, and the goal is to come up with a...more

REITs Get Respect from the Market — a New Sector Home

Beginning in September 2016, publicly traded equity REITs (real estate investment trusts) and other listed real estate companies will get a new home in the S&P 500. They are moving out of the Financials Sector and into a...more

6/29/2016  /  Investment Funds , Mortgage REITS , S&P

Court of Appeal Addresses “Prejudice” Element of Wrongful Foreclosure

If a property owner loses their property through a foreclosure sale initiated by someone who did not validly own the debt, has the property owner automatically suffered enough “prejudice” to pursue a claim for wrongful...more

The Simplest Way to Defeat Claims Alleging an Invalid Assignment of a Deed of Trust: Judicially Noticeable Documents

Recently, much judicial ink has been deployed writing opinions addressing borrower challenges to foreclosure based on allegations that the deed of trust was not validly assigned to the foreclosing lender. Earlier this...more

Another Case Addressing a Potential Trap for Real Estate Investors: Dedication of Private Property to the Public

In a prior post, Implied Dedication of Private Property to the Public: the Law is Unsettled, we saw that California courts have struggled with the interpretation of Civil Code section 1009, which generally makes it more...more

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