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Here is a helpful checklist of things to do prior to buying a home.

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August 02, 2017 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Summer/Fall 2017 Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast California Commercial Real Estate Survey shows that broad segments of the market will be slowing down in the coming years. The biannual survey projects a three-year-ahead outlook for California's commercial real estate industry and forecasts potential opportunities and challenges affecting office, multi-family, retail and industrial sectors. Though unemployment has dropped and income and spending are increasing, there is an ebbing of market optimism about the future from developers, which should lead to a slowing of development.

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EXPECT CIVIL LAWSUIT CHALLENGES AGAINST THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY.
(Summary of an article written by Josh Heinlein and Jacob Ayres, 7/28/2017.).

Although selling marijuana is legal in several states; but, still illegal under federal law, a recent appellate decision may give rise to civil lawsuits against people in the cannabis industry. In Safe Streets Alliance v. Hickenlooper, 859 F.3d 865 (10th Cir. June 7, 2017), the Tenth Circuit reversed the dismissal of civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) claims against a cannabis growing operation in Colorado, leaving open the possibility of future civil challenges to cannabis businesses.

USING RICOAlthough commonly associated with anti-mob criminal prosecutions, RICO contain...

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Verify with the Contractor's State License Board that a potential contractor you want to hire is licensed. Faulty work by an unlicensed contractor will never be covered by insurance. However, if someone deceives you into into believing that they are licensed, all is not lost. In California, a contractor must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board in order to lawfully perform construction operations. The consequences of contracting without the proper license can be severe. An unlicensed contractor may not sue to recover for the value of its work. B&P § 7031(a). Even more damaging, an owner can seek disgorgement of all monies paid to a contractor, even if there was nothing wrong with the contractor’s construction of ...

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The below article was authored by Pepper Hamilton LP, a multi-state law firm. The article sums up very well the essential basics of mediation.

What Every Contractor Needs to Know about Mediation.

A generation ago, mediation of construction disputes was unusual. Today, it is rare that a construction claim goes to trial without some effort at mediation first. Indeed, a substantial percentage of construction contracts require mediation as a precondition to filing suit or demanded arbitration.

Still, as pervasive as mediation has become, misperceptions about mediation persist among the contractor population generally.

What does a mediator decide? Who controls the proceedings? Is there such a thing as binding mediation? How confidential is confidential during and after a mediation?

What Is Mediation?

Mediation ...

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