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Real property leasing: A Landlord’s perspective

In a commercial setting (as opposed to leasing residential property, such as a home or an apartment), one of the landlord’s main concerns is getting the property leased at the highest possible rate as the market will bear. But often conflicting with this is his...

Make sure you know where your licenses are parked

Some real estate brokers I know like to form new limited liability companies or corporations for each development they represent. The common wisdom is that isolating the assets and liabilities of each discrete project keeps all of their assets in other developments...

Corporate protection is not automatic

Peter Jones, Paul Smith and Mary Johnson decided to form a new California corporation. They named it Puff Inc. (the company made fire-retardant clothes). They filed the articles of incorporation, signed a lease for their new offices, and elected the three of them to...

Supremely personal interpretation

Last week‟s column discussed how two Realtors somehow found themselves portrayed in a “CSI” script, and how the Court of Appeals said no reasonable person would think the fictional characters were portraying their living, breathing counterparts. I don‟t know about...

Beware of foreclosure scams

Unfortunately, too many people are still facing possible foreclosure on their homes. If the  number of calls to my office is any indication, this trend is not likely to end soon. Perhaps even more unfortunate are the vultures who are trying to take advantage of...