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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


    Useful Links



    The State of California and most counties and cities have helpful web sites where advice, laws, planning and building codes are available.

    CALIFORNIA

  • 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)

    FORM AGREEMENTS

    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

  • WINForms

  • 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

  • Cal Wineries

    Bennett Valley is also the home of many artists, including the noted guitar maker, Howard Klepper.

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