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What Should You Know About Contractor Requirements?

What Should You Know About Contractor Requirements?

Choosing the right contractor for home repairs can be challenging. Scheduling bids, checking references, and managing contracts are all part of the process. Before you sign, remember to do your research regarding your contractor's license. A little information can...

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Protect Yourself When Relocating an Easement

Protect Yourself When Relocating an Easement

What is An Easement? An easement is a type of legal permission granted to someone (normally an adjacent neighbor) to make use of property they do not own. Property easements often allow neighbors (the easement holders) the right to use land they do not own to gain...

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Can an HOA Sue if a Homeowner Declares Bankruptcy?

Can an HOA Sue if a Homeowner Declares Bankruptcy?

When homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and Homeowners Association (HOA) monthly fees, they may be in for a disappointing surprise if they file for bankruptcy. Relief from their past due HOA monthly fees and assessments may not be possible in bankruptcy....

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Help! My Neighbor’s Tree is Obstructing My View

Help! My Neighbor’s Tree is Obstructing My View

You had an unobstructed view of the San Francisco Bay from your living room window, your neighbor planted a tree, over the years the tree grew and now your view is gone.  What can you do about your view? View-Blocking Trees and Property Value In certain San Francisco...

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How Can I Remove a Contractor’s Lien?

How Can I Remove a Contractor’s Lien?

Contractor or “mechanics liens” are legal actions taken by contractors, sub-contractors or materials suppliers who believe they were not paid for goods or services they provided to you. A lien is a type of security interest in your home.  Having a lien on your home...

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What Home Buyers Should Know About Disclosure

What Home Buyers Should Know About Disclosure

Trust Your Real Estate Agent But Verify the Documents Buying a new home looks easy on HGTV shows – even fun! Except when it’s not. Some buyers believe they have finally bought their dream home, only to wake up in a nightmare of major, unforeseen problems with a house...

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Find a Licensed, Insured Contractor

Find a Licensed, Insured Contractor

Finding a contractor you trust can present an overwhelming task in these times when good contractors are stretched thin and hard to find. You are absolutely not alone and. Competent contractors are out there - below are some ideas to keep your project on track. Where...

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CC&Rs – Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions

CC&Rs – Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions

If you live in a condominium or a planned community governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA), you have likely heard about Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, which are commonly referred to as CC&Rs.  CC&Rs are legal documents containing rules and...

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