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How to Write a Real Estate Mediation Brief

  • May 22nd, 2020
  • devinlucas

Preparing for a real estate mediation can be stressful, but a well prepared concise brief will not only help the mediator to understand your case, it will also help you to organize your thoughts and positions.  Here, we discuss what makes a good mediation brief and some suggestions for the same.   BACKGROUND  Real estate disputes […]

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Real Estate Cancelations, Deposit Disputes and “Force Majeure” Claims Re Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Video Edition!

  • May 1st, 2020
  • devinlucas

Join Real Estate Attorney, Real Estate Mediator and Real Estate Broker, Devin Lucas, discuss Real Estate Cancelations, Deposit Disputes and “Force Majeure” Claims Surrounding Coronavirus. Aka Force Majeure, Civil Code 1511, Act of God, Unforeseen Circumstances, Impossibility of Performance, Commercial Frustration, Frustration of Purpose, and other creative phrasing of the same argument. We discuss: 1) […]

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Real Estate Cancelations Surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • March 24th, 2020
  • devinlucas

Can you legally cancel your real estate transaction, or real estate listing, over Coronavirus (COVID-19)?  What options does a buyer have to cancel, what about the seller, what about the REALTOR®?  Read our below article for a preliminary discussion; watch this video where Mr. Lucas explains in detail: No doubt, real estate transactions are being […]

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It’s Official – California Has Statewide Rent Control

  • February 3rd, 2020
  • devinlucas

It’s Official – California Has Statewide Rent Control… Many exemptions exist that will apply to most small owners; corporate owners are the primary target of the current law. … This New Statewide Rent Control Has Two Key Components: 1) Caps Rental Increases; 2) Requires “Just Cause” For All Evictions.

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1031 Exchange – Overview / How To

  • October 10th, 2019
  • devinlucas

There may be no better tax incentive for investment real estate than the 1031 Exchange.  Named in reference to section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, the “1031 Exchange” allows an income tax free (or tax deferred, see below) exchange of investment real estate with wide latitude as to what real estate can be purchased […]

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Davis Magnet School lottery is now open – Newport Mesa Unified School District

  • February 17th, 2019
  • devinlucas

Attention Newport Mesa parents…. Davis Magnet School lottery is now open.  Newport Mesa Unified School District (serving all of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa) has some amazing schools… including Davis Magnet School.  How do I get my child in?… you literally have to win the lottery.  Lottery applications are now open – now through March […]

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2018 Tax Reform – Key Impacts on California Real Estate

  • June 15th, 2018
  • devinlucas

Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Orange County and all California homeowners – and potential homeowners – have some significant tax changes to consider and plan for in 2018. H.R. 1, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which both houses of Congress passed on December 20, 2017, contains a large number of provisions that affect […]