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How California Wildfires Affect Real Estate Insurance

California wildfires pose a threat even to homeowners whose property is safe from the flames. That’s because many insurance companies are expected to either not renew policies or to simply stop writing homeowner policies in areas with the highest fire risk, California Insurance Commissioner David Jones recently told The Associated Press. Rate increases also are...

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What You Should Know About Landlord Evictions In Orange County

The eviction process in California – and particularly in Orange County – can seem like an almost automated process, as the Los Angeles Times reported recently. But the truth is that these are highly contentious matters that require an attorney's attention. An eviction procedure may happen at breakneck speed. By law, if a landlord pursues...

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New Solar Panel Mandate that Could Affect California Homeowners

Property owners, real estate agents and residential building developers are debating the merits of a new requirement to install solar panels on most residential properties.  The California Energy Commission has adopted the new building standards, which would require solar panels on all new residential homes and low-rise condos and townhouses by 2020. The Orange County...

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Negotiating Repairs in an Orange County Home Sale

Almost every home sale in Orange County involves a home inspection, and almost every home inspection identifies some improvements that are needed on the property. Buyers and sellers have wide latitude to negotiate these repairs. It is important that both sides be flexible, and not allow an inexpensive repair to undo an otherwise satisfactory sales...

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Proposition 13 May Drive Newport Beach Senior Citizens Out Of Their Homes

The California Association of Realtors has introduced a bill which would overhaul critical provisions of Proposition 13. Proposition 13 currently provides important limitations on property tax assessments for qualified real estate. The proposed changes could greatly impact Newport Beach senior citizens who have benefited from property tax stabilization over the decades since Proposition 13 was...

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California Lead Based Paint Initiative Hotly Debated

The Healthy Homes and Schools Act, a state ballot initiative still in need of signatures, would establish a $2 billion bond to remove lead dangers from homes, apartments, schools and senior citizen housing. Lead paint is a substantial risk, particularly to young children. A pediatrician with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health testified...

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Prominent Orange County Attorney Moves to New Address

COSTA MESA, CA – A well-known Orange County attorney has moved to Costa Mesa following years of practice in Newport Beach. “My team and I are pleased to move our practice to Costa Mesa,” said attorney Dan Carlton, founder of the Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton. “As a lifelong resident of Orange County, I’ve...

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Safety Features Prevent Swimming Pool Injuries in Orange County

California continues to push owners of older swimming pools toward compliance with modern safety laws aimed at keeping children safe by preventing tragic drowning accidents. Swimming pool injuries are best handled by an Orange County attorney with significant experience in both premises liability cases and real estate law. In some cases, such injuries occur at a...

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California Home Buyers Can Sue Sellers for Failure to Disclose Defects

Disclosure is an important part of the home buying process. Sellers have legal obligations to make certain disclosures about the property to the buyer. Failure to do so can result in civil lawsuits, monetary damages, or even rescission of the sales contract altogether. Yet disclosing too much unnecessary information can also be problematic for sellers....

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