real estate: Vondran Legal - Overview of our real estate legal services - 05/22/18 05:35 PM
Vondran Legal is a Premier Real Estate Firm with offices in California and Arizona!  We have helped countless brokers, real estate agents, homeowners and others in BRE accusations and licensing matters, arbitration, mediation and state & federal litigation.
About Us
Our law firm launched in 2004. We started small, incorporating real estate companies and helping financial entities obtain CFL lending licenses and handling general real estate compliance issues, including broker audits, investigations and accusations.  From there, we mushroomed into other areas of real estate law, including becoming a leader in California broker compliance law, foreclosure, predatory lending, zoning, and financial elder abuse.  We built … (0 comments)

real estate: Negligence issues in property management in California - 05/20/18 10:33 PM
Property Management Litigation & Arbitration Law Firm
Being a property manager is no easy task.  As a matter of compliance, property managers have quite a few legal compliance issues to keep in mind, from trust fund accounting to affiliate disclosures, record keeping, and everything in between.  But another important consideration for California and Arizona property managers is reducing their legal exposure on various transactions.  In the world of litigation, one of the biggest causes of action can be for negligence.
Negligence involves:
(1) Duty of care owed
(2) Breach of duty of due care
(3) The breach is the proximate and legal cause of Plaintiff's damages
(4) … (1 comments)

real estate: Duty to mediate under the standard form PSAG - 05/20/18 10:28 PM
Real Estate Mediation & Arbitration (ADR) under the California PSAG
When you get involved in a real estate dispute in California in a residential purchase or sale (either as the buyer or the seller) it is important to NOT FORGET the contractual duty to mediate any disputes that arise under the transaction.  This assumes you are using the standard C.A.R. residential purchase and sale agreement.  As mentioned in this BRE publication regarding basic real estate contract provisions for California residential transactions:
"Dispute Resolution The parties agree to mediate, absent some exclusions, all disputes and claims before resorting to arbitration or court action. A … (0 comments)

real estate: Autodesk audits for real estate architects! - 02/19/15 11:11 AM
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Click the picture above to watch our software compliance video.
Autodesk Licensing Audit Tips by Attorney Steve
If you are a real estate architect this blog is for you.  There are a lot of small archtecture firms that use Autodesk Software.  Autodesk is one of the most popular pieces of software for architects designing both residential and commecial projects.  When you use their software, there is one thing that is clear - YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE ALL YOUR SOFTWARE IS PROPERLY LICENSED so that you do not face a BSA software audit. … (0 comments)

real estate: Legal tips for selling property with tough tenants CC 1954 - 12/29/14 05:02 AM

Click on the picture above to jump to our Real Estate Video Case Brief on the Dromy case.

What do you do when you have a residential property owner that wants to sell their property, but has one problem - a tenant who wants their privacy and to have quiet use and enjoyment of their real property during the terms of their lease?  As a real estate agent or broker, you want a commission check, and you need access to the property so you can take pictures and market the property through open houses (open houses normally occurring … (1 comments)

real estate: Overview of insurance subrogation for real estate professionals - 07/31/14 05:34 AM

The focus of this blog is insurance subrogation.
Many real estate brokers are familiar with the concept that when you have water, fire, or flood damage to residential or commercial property, this can trigger an insurance claim.  The insurance company then comes out and assesses the property damage, and writes a check to cover repairs and losses.  This is pretty straight forward.  But what many brokers don't know is that the insurance company does not have to just say "oh well, there goes $100,000 in an insurance … (0 comments)

real estate: It's time to thank you, our active rain fans! - 07/26/14 05:25 PM

Lots of times we are posting on this website talking about new broker laws, real estate litigation and arbitraton, tips to stay out of lawsuits and general real estate coaching.  Today, we are just saying THANKS for supporting Vondran Law and for helping us become a great real estate law firm and for helping us build our REAL ESTATE YOUTUBE channel break the 30,0000 views mark.  While this may not rival "viral videos" it is very important to us and our ACTIVERAIN fans and viewers helped us get here.  So THANK YOU so much for liking and sharing our … (5 comments)

real estate: Is your real estate business card compliant with California laws? - 05/10/14 05:14 AM

Attorney Steve's BRE Compliance Best Practices
In law it is always the little things that matter most.  In this case, it is the business cards (and other solicitation materials) and your real estate license number under the microscope.
Is your real estate business card compliant with the real estate law and the real estate commissioner's rules and regulations?  This is an area many brokers probably take for granted and think "aw, this is no big deal, it's just a business card."
It is true that it is just a business card, but it is also a BRE legal compliance issue.

real estate: What is a restricted real estate license in California? - 03/08/14 12:18 PM
An overview of restricted real estate licenses in California.
You may have heard of a broker or salesperson who has a "restricted" real estate license.  But just what does that mean?

Click on the picture above to go to our Attorney Steve Real Estate TV video on restricted licenses.  Here is another video that discusses removing restricted real estate license status.
In a nutshell, a restricted real estate license is what often results following a BRE accusation being filed (which is basically a complaint against a real estate licensee who is alleged to have violated the real estate law or … (2 comments)

real estate: Top tips to start your Arizona real estate company with AZ DRE - 02/24/14 02:58 AM

Ready to launch your Arizona Real Estate business?
So you are interested in starting a real estate company in Arizona?  The process can seem easy, but when you drill down to it you may not find it as easy as you think.  As a person who has completed both the California and Arizona real estate process (I have earned broker licenses in addition to law licenses in each state) I can attest that it is not always a cake walk to try to get a … (1 comments)

real estate: Company names the Arizona Department of Real Estate will NOT approve - 02/22/14 03:35 AM
  Howdy again everyone.  This blog is for Arizona real estate brokers who are getting ready to lauch their real estate brokerage business, basically, by incorporating and chooising a new business name to submit to the Arizona Deaprtment of Real Estate (AZ DRE). I can save you some time by telling you what company and business names NOT TO CHOOSE.  I recently found out there is a list of terms and words the new commissioner will not approve (even though it seems the previous commissioner would approve it).  This is not to criticize the commissioner, instead, my goal is to make … (0 comments)

real estate: What to say when your clients ask you about a Variance in Arizona - 01/29/14 12:38 AM
Do you have real estate clients, homeowners, commercial property owners in Phoenix, Arizona or the greater Phoenix in areas area such as Scottsdale or Glendale who ask you "how do I get a variance"?  Or "does the zoning statute prohibit me from doing what I want to do?  Every real estate agent and broker should have this handy basic resource ready to give to their clients.  I know many of you know what a variance is, but here is a handy guide in case you don't.  

real estate: Real Estate Law firm serving California and Arizona clients - 08/24/13 10:13 AM
About me:
Hi, and welcome to my ActiveRain Page.  I am an attorney licensed to practice law in California (#232337) and Arizona (#025911).  I have also previously earned a real estate brokers license in both states and I have industry experience in residential and commercial real estate sales and mortgage lending.  My firm practices primarily in the area of Business, Real Estate and Social Medial Law with a strong focus and background serving real estate professionals in a wide variety of legal matters from contracts, to corporate advisory, to high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts.  
A good deal of … (0 comments)

real estate: Attorney Steve's great tips for realtors, salespersons and brokers! - 06/11/13 03:03 PM
Okay, as a real estate lawyer I interface with a lot of very professional and successful real estate people.  As such, when I see or hear good real estate brokering ideas, i am going to start sharing them.  Some of them will probably be real obvious to alot of people, but that won't stop me because I have seen a lot of different things, and if my tips help just one real estate broker or salesperson make money, then all the better. Just don't forget me when you need a real estate lawyer!! … (3 comments)

real estate: Will you lose your NMLS mortgage loan originator license in accusation - 05/13/13 11:08 PM
A word about NMLS licenses and California Business and Professions Code Section 10166.051 After you have been audited by the California Department of Real Estate ("DRE") - soon to be called the "bureau of real estate" ("BRE"), one question I get quite frequently is WILL I LOSE MY NMLS LICENSE and lose the ability to originate mortgage loans?  Well, the short answer is maybe yes. Under the law, the department could discipline your NMLS license when you are charge with wrongdoing, dishonest dealing, trust fund accounting violations, advance fee violations, willful violation of the real estate law, just for a … (0 comments)

real estate: unlicensed Loan modification company and mortgage loan auditors alert - 07/22/12 12:30 PM

If you are in the State of California and you DO NOT HAVE A CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE LICENSE, according to the California Department of Real Estate you are engaged in unlincensed activity.  The DRE considers loan modification activity (soliciting and negotiating loan modifications) to be a licensed activity requiring a real estate license.  If advance fees are collected, then an advance fee agreement, trust account, and other requirements must be met.
We have recently learned through one case my firm has handled (we handle DRE audit, investgation and accusation cases) that peforming forensic loan audits in connection with providing loan … (1 comments)

real estate: Are forensic and securitized loan audits licensed real estate activity - 07/16/12 09:43 AM
California Business and Professions Code Section 10130: Under California B&P 10130:
  “It is unlawful for any person to engage in the business, act in the capacity of, advertise or assume to act as a real estate broker or a real estate salesman within this state without first obtaining a real estate license from the department.  (emphasis added)
  The commissioner may prefer a complaint for violation of this section before any court of competent jurisdiction, and the commissioner and his counsel, deputies or assistants may assist in presenting the law or facts at the trial.
  It is the duty … (1 comments)

real estate: Cashing in on Broker Fraud or Trust Fund conversion with the California DRE consumer Recovery Account! - 03/06/12 09:29 PM
Steve Vondran is a real estate lawyer serving clients throughout California.  We also have an office in Phoenix, Arizona.  Call us at (877) 276-5084.
Okay, here’s the situation.  You got into a dealing with a California real estate licensee (broker or salesperson) in a transaction requiring a real estate license (for example a mortgage loan refinance, or purchase or sale of a residential or commercial property).   During the transaction, let’s say the broker commits various acts of intentional fraud (ex. intentionally failing to disclose serious defects … (3 comments)

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