April 13, 2018

There are four (4) types of leasehold interests recognized by law today: 

1. Periodic Tenancy, 

2. Tenancy for Years, 

3. Tenancy at Sufferance, and

4. Tenancy at Will.

Periodic Tenancy

A periodic tenancy is a leasehold interest that is for an indefinite period of time. Such...

April 11, 2018

Concurrent Ownership

There are three (3) types of concurrent ownership in California:

1. Tenancy in Common, 

2. Joint Tenancy, and

3. Community Property. 

Tenancy in Common

When two or more persons are owners of an undivided interest in an estate, a tenancy in common exists....

April 10, 2018

Water in its natural state on the surface of the land or underground are considered real property. In the state of California, all water within the state is the property of the state. California's water regulations may be found here

California recognizes surface water...

April 9, 2018

At common law, the word property refers to a bundle of legal rights that are attached to the ownership of physical property. These rights include the right to use, possess, transfer, encumber, and enjoy a property. 

Use: The right to use is a right that allows an owner...

March 21, 2018


By law, escrow and title insurance are not required when transferring ownership to real property, however, they are extremely important.

In California, when ownership  transfers  from  one  person  to  another  there  is usually  a  neutral  third party, called an...

March 19, 2018

Disclosing Material Facts

A seller must disclose, in writing, any and all known material facts that affect the value of their property whether the buyer asks or not. Even when a home is sold in "as-is" condition, the seller must still disclose any observable defects as...

March 19, 2018

There are many important clauses within a California Real Estate Purchase Agreement, such as the:

  • Date of the agreement;

  • Names and addresses of the parties to the contract;

  • Description of the property;

  • The consideration or price;

  • Financing and te...

March 19, 2018

An encumbrance is a burden upon the real property. An easement is a non-financial encumbrance upon the property where there is a right to enter or use someone else's land for a specified purpose. An easement is non-possessory, meaning that the holder of an easement can...

January 19, 2018

There are many Homeowner Association ("HOA") disputes that arise from: negligence, board decisions, litigation and miscellaneous common area matters. 


Under California law, an HOA has a duty to exercise due care in the maintenance of common areas. In this...

January 11, 2018

There are various laws that have come into effect as of January 1, 2018 concerning:

1. Immigration status,

2. Marijuana,

3. Employment,

4. The housing crisis, and

5. Flood zones.

Immigration Status

According to California Assembly Bill No. 291, also called the Immigrant Tenan...

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