Category Archives: Residential Real Estate

Real Estate Property Transfers In California: Reasons, Methods and Issues

Even though the number of home sales has diminished in recent years, many people are still transferring real estate property for a variety of reasons. The most common type of property transfer is for a parent who transfers the title … Continue reading

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Professional Tax Advisers and Acceptable Opinions; Underwater Homes and Mortgage Relief

Advice is worth the price you for it. Free advice can sometimes actually be very valuable, depending on the source, but doing sufficient authoritative research to verify the facts is always worth the time and effort required. We recently had … Continue reading

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Gifts For Your Children: Selling or Transferring Property To Your Kids (Plus a Few Tax-Time Tips)

At this time of the year, we feel compelled to remind our followers of a couple of tax-time tips, all of which we have discussed several times in recent months: Recent changes to the law have forced financial institutions that … Continue reading

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Community Property vs. Separate Property in California: Why the Facebook IPO Makes This Topic Relevant

It is fairly well-known that one of the primary reasons for divorce is a downturn in a married couple’s financial situation. The hardship of survival without enough money to pay your bills will put a strain on even the happiest … Continue reading

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What To Do With Your Underwater House: Options Include Loan Modification, HARP, Short Sale, Foreclosure

We have written before about the current situation across the country in which so many homeowners have mortgages that are underwater. The coming tsunami of foreclosures on distressed properties is bound to have an impact on the slowly recovering real estate market. … Continue reading

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Loan Modification Is An Option To Avoid Foreclosure, But Beware Of Fraudulent Mortgage Consultants

It is bad enough when a family has to deal with the agony of trying to avoid losing a home due to the bad economy, but it really makes our blood boil when we read about criminals who prey on … Continue reading

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HARP and Other Options for Underwater and Troubled Real Estate in Your Estate Planning

This past week brought a bit of relief to a portion of the millions of American homeowners whose home mortgages are “underwater” when the White House announced revisions to the Housing Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). The changes to HARP, which … Continue reading

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