Following are several articles regarding current real estate issues.
Due Diligence Checklist For Real Property Acquisition
Negotiating and Structuring Joint Venture and LLC Agreements
Subleasing Issues for Sublandlords and Subtenants
Lease Workout and Renegotiation Strategies
Letters of Intent: Are they worth the time and effort?
Commercial Leasing Checklist
Move Out Checklist for Residential Property
The State of California and most counties and cities have helpful web sites where advice, laws, planning and building codes are available.
Department of Real Estate - consumer information for home buyers
Franchise Tax Board - tax forms and information
Secretary of State Business Portal - information on starting a business and setting up business entities
California statutes on line
California Code of Regulations on line
PROPERTY TAX SITES
Property Taxes Law Guide - official rules and statutes for California Property Taxes
Business Taxes Law Guide - official rules and statutes for California Business Taxes
Property Tax Assessor's Handbook -official guide book used by each California County Asssesor
Property Tax Advisory Letters to County Assessors - from California State Board of Equalization
Property Tax Legal Opinion Letters to taxpayers - from the California State Board of Equalization (SBE letters to taxpayers and County assessors on the interpretation of Property Tax laws and issues)
There are many site with form leases, purchase agreement, brokerage agreements and the like. Keep in mind these forms are a start only. They must be read carefully and tailored to the deal.
The following links are for your information only and should not be considered an endorsement of any form.
AIR Commerical Real Estate Association
American Institute of Architects (includes architectural and construction services forms)
OTHER HELPFUL SITES
The Space Place. Mihalovich Partners, a real estate brokerage firm which represents tenants only, maintains a site with useful advice and articles on a range of topics including how to control build out costs, how to determine furniture needs, insurance coverage, operating expense audits, and subleasing. It also provides recent market data, trends and forecasts.
First American Title Company maintains a site which compares different title policies and endorsements, discusses the nuts and bolts of 1031 exchanges, spells out closing cost allocations by county and provides listings of recent transactions and loans.
California Association of Realtors
American Bar Association public resources
State Bar of California consumer pamphlets
MORE ABOUT BENNETT VALLEY
Bennett Valley is a beautiful spot in the wine country of Sonoma County between Santa Rosa and Glen Ellen. For more information about Bennett Valley, check out the following sites:
Bennett Valley Grape Growers (includes a map)
Matanzas Creek Winery
Bennett Valley is also the home of many artists, including the noted guitar maker, Howard Klepper.