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Purchasing Property Beware Blog Series

First Time Home Buyer, Legal Update, and Real Estate Law

We know that buying a home can be a very stressful process that consists of plenty of unclear aspects. In an effort to educate our network, we hope that you find this series of blogs helpful in your pursuit of purchasing your dream property. Here are a few articles that our knowledgeable attorneys have written regarding this topic. If you think you may have a real estate legal matter and are seeking legal representation, call us at (650) 327 2900 x 10 or visit us on the web at


By: Julia M. Wei, Esq. (Click image for bio)

3 Things to Watch for When Buying Into an HOA

1. CC&R’s Contain Rules That Could Cramp Your Lifestyle. When a buyer is handed a thick stack of documents from the property management company and faced with just a few days to remove the inspection contingency, it’s tempting to avoid reading these poorly photocopied, blurry, text-dense pages. Don’t avoid…


By: Simon Offord, Esq. (Click image for bio)

Look Out! Two Things to Watch Out for in a Builder’s Purchase Agreement

Most home sales in Northern California use standardized forms for the purchase agreement. For example, realtors in the Bay Area typically use either the CAR (California Association of Realtors) or PRDS (Peninsula Regional Data Service) forms. The PRDS forms are commonly used in Palo Alto, San Mateo, and other peninsula cities.

Most real estate agents, real estate attorneys, and other involved in the industry are familiar with the standardized forms, and thus know what to look for and what to negotiate in the agreements. However…

What is this “Easement” Thing in my Preliminary Report?

Buying a home can be a very exciting time, and for most people the biggest investment in their lives. Therefore, it is very important to make sure you know everything you can about the property prior to completing the deal.

During the course of the purchase, the buyer will be presented with many sources of information about the property. One such source of information is…

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Real Estate Contracts & Transactions

Out of Contract? Not So Fast…

by Adam Pedersen, Esq. on August 28, 2018

In the highly-competitive real estate market in California, agents are being more aggressive in enforcing contract terms. So before you tell your client that you are “out of contract”, you might want to be sure the contract is actually cancelled! [Read More]

Landlord & Tenant Law

What a Three-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit Really Means

by Brewer Firm Team on September 20, 2018

It is after Labor Day weekend and that means school supplies, summer vacation credit card bills, and preparing for the holidays. With all these added costs, the tenant may not have enough money to pay rent and the landlord serves [Read More]

Real Estate Contracts & Transactions

Can A Buyer Back Out of a Non-Contingent Offer?

by Simon Offord, Esq. on October 2, 2018

In my last article, we discussed liquidated damages in the context of a residential real estate purchase contract.  This article will examine whether a buyer may have a right to back out of a contract and receive their full deposit [Read More]