1031 Exchange – Overview / How To

  • October 19th, 2018
  • 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 […]

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 […]

California Propositions 60 and 90 – Property Tax Transfer to New Residence

  • April 4th, 2018
  • devinlucas

Proposition 60 allows the transfer of an existing Proposition 13 base year value from a former residence to a replacement residence within the same county, if certain conditions are met.  This benefit is open to homeowners who are at least 55-years old and are able to meet all qualifying conditions, (see below) and applies in […]

Real Estate Mediation And Compliance With The Requirement For Pre-Litigation Mediation Under The California Association of REALTORS® Residential Purchase Agreement (“RPA”)

  • March 10th, 2018
  • devinlucas

This article is designed to review and provide an overview of the real estate mediation process with emphasis on review and requirements under the California Association of REALTORS® Residential Purchase Agreement (CAR form “RPA”).  Real estate disputes and resulting real estate litigation come in all sizes and surround anything and everything imaginable pertaining to modern-day […]

Real Estate Tax Tip For Itemizers (aka Loophole ALERT) – Consider Paying Your Second Installment Property Tax Bill Early (as 2018+ is Now Capped)

  • December 27th, 2017
  • devinlucas

Consider prepayment of your property taxes in 2017. Newport Beach, California – 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 individual taxpayers, especially homeowners. As of January 1, 2018 – single or married – you […]

California’s New Transfer on Death Deed May Be An Ideal Solution For Easy Estate Planning

  • April 18th, 2017
  • devinlucas

Transfer on Death Deed Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Orange County and all California property owners have a new tool to simplify their estate planning. California’s new (2016) Transfer on Death Deed may be an ideal solution for those who own real property in California, want to ensure the property passes smoothly to a named beneficiary […]

Option Agreements in California Real Property Transactions

  • September 10th, 2015
  • devinlucas

Most commonly, an “Option Agreement” is a rent-to-own situation, more frequent in a landlord-tenant context. Typically (though 100 percent negotiable), an Option Agreement works like this: The Property Owner (called the “Optionor”) agrees to sell a home and/or parcel of land (the “Real Property”) to the Buyer (called the “Optionee”) at a later date, for […]

Fair Housing Foundation Tip of the Month: Rent Increases

  • August 28th, 2015
  • devinlucas

Fair Housing Foundation Tip of the Month: Rent Increases In areas without rent control, there is no limit to the amount a landlord can increase the rent, provided it’s done so with proper notice and not being done in retaliation or based on a discriminatory motive.  In Los Angeles County some cities do have rent […]

To Drone or Not to Drone in Real Estate Photography? (Tip: Do Not Drone)

  • August 25th, 2015
  • devinlucas

In Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County real estate, those aerial shots of high-end properties sure do look fantastic.  But most sellers, photographers and REALTORS® might not realize it’s a blatant violation of current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules to operate drones for commercial purposes (i.e. real estate photography) without a waiver from the […]