Selling Real Estate Without a License

Selling Real Estate Without a License

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elling real estate seems simple enough. Someone wants to sell their house. You know a few people who would be interested. You agree to act as a broker between everyone. Considering that people sell houses as “for sale by owner” all the time, what can possibly go wrong.

Yes, it’s possible that this could turn into a good deal for everyone, it can also go horribly sideways. While state laws do allow you to sell your house without the aid of a real estate agent, you’re not allowed to step in and act as a broker for another person unless you’ve been properly licensed by the state.

Getting a real estate license in California isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does require some commitment on your part...

Witnesses Testifying in Court

Witnesses Testifying in Court

Court is one of those places that everyone would like to avoid. Most people say that as long as you don’t commit a crime, you don’t have to worry about going to court but that’s not true. You can abide by every rule in the book and still witness a crime. If the case goes to court, you will too. Or do you?

Many people aren’t clear on what their legal options are when they’ve witnessed a crime.

Reporting a Crime

There are some crimes that people in specific professions are legally required to report. For example, if a teacher witnesses child abuse, the teacher must report the situation to the authorities. Surprisingly, these situations are an exception. The average person isn’t required to report a crime.
According to section 11165.7 in the Penal Code, professionals who have to ...

California’s Leash Laws

Californias Leash Laws

Owning a dog is one of life’s greatest pleasures. No matter how bad your day is, it’s nice to know that when you get home you’ll be greeted with joy and love.

While owning a dog is wonderful, there are also many responsibilities connected to owning a dog. One of the things you must be aware of is California’s leash laws. Failing to obey the leash laws can result in both you and your best friend running afoul of the law.

The first thing to understand about leash laws is that they can vary from one city to another. This means that anytime you take your dog for a walk in a new area, you should spend a few minutes researching the local leash laws. The good news is that while there are some differences, the general concept is the same...

Jail vs. Prison

Jail vs. Prison

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hen you read through different crimes and the respective punishments, you’ll likely notice that some carry a prison sentence while others carry a jail sentence. When you’re on the right side of the law, the distinction between the two doesn’t seem like a big deal, but that changes once you’ve been charged with a crime.

As someone who fighting charges that could result in an incarceration period, you would far rather go to jail than to prison.

The majority of the population uses the words “jail and prison” interchangeably because they don’t understand how big a difference there is between the two. Yes, both are secure facilities. Yes, when you’re in either one, you’re ability to act independently and do whatever you like is curtailed...

When is a Real Estate Deal Considered Real Estate Fraud

Real Estate Fraud

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uying and selling property is a way of life in California. People are constantly moving. Most of the time, the process goes smoothly and everything is kept above board, but every once in awhile a deal goes sour. The challenge many buyers (and even sellers) struggle with is knowing when a real estate deal simply doesn’t go as planned and when they’ve been the victim of real estate fraud.

According to California lawmakers, real estate fraud takes place when one of the parties involved in a real estate transaction knowingly commits fraud while conducting some sort of real estate transaction.

In California, real estate fraud includes:

  • Forged deeds
  • Breaking foreclosure fraud statutes
  • Falsely representing a property
  • Breaking rent skimming laws

In California, the most common forms of rea...