Category: Courtside Newsletter


Courtside Newsletter: Risky Business: Avoiding Potential Pitfalls as a REALTOR®

April 3rd, 2018 by

March 2018 BY:KELLY A. NEAVEL, ATTORNEY AT LAWASHLEY A. RICHARDSON, LAW CLERKCASEY MCINTOSH, PARALEGAL In a field where miscommunication can go dangerously awry, risk management has always been a hot topic for REALTORS®. This year’s California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) Winter Business Meetings proved that things are not changing anytime soon, with a presentation on […]


January 2018 Courtside Newsletter: Real Estate Teams & the Quandary of the Independent Contractor Status

January 29th, 2018 by

BY: KELLY A. NEAVEL, ATTORNEY AT LAWASHLEY A. RICHARDSON, LAW CLERK CASEY MCINTOSH, PARALEGAL   The status of a real estate agent as an independent contractor has always been prone to controversy. Currently, there are questions surrounding the independent contractor status, and how it is affected by real estate teams. Background According to the IRS, […]


Courtside Newsletter: California Association of REALTORS® December New & Revised Forms Release

November 27th, 2017 by

BY: KELLY A. NEAVEL, ATTORNEY AT LAWASHLEY A. RICHARDSON, LAW CLERK CASEY MCINTOSH, PARALEGAL   The week of December 11, 2017, the California Association of REALTORS® (“C.A.R.”) has scheduled the release of three (3) new forms and twelve (12) revised forms for REALTOR® use. Three (3) forms will also be discontinued. Below we discuss these […]


Courtside Newsletter: Ahead of the Curve: Real Estate Technology & What It Means for You

September 25th, 2017 by

BY: KELLY A. NEAVEL, ATTORNEY AT LAWASHLEY A. RICHARDSON, LAW CLERK CASEY MCINTOSH, PARALEGAL Tide and time wait for no man, and the Information Age’s effect on real estate is no exception. However, it seems that recently we have been seeing an influx of new technology that not only targets how real estate practitioners distribute […]


Courtside Newsletter: Much Ado About “Coming Soon”

September 25th, 2017 by

BY:JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAWASHLEY A. RICHARDSON, LAW CLERKCASEY MCINTOSH, PARALEGAL With low inventory and decent economy (read: people looking to buy), the real estate market is currently a seller’s dream. However, as we’ve seen in the past, with that comes a host of other problems. The current thorn in many real estate practitioners’ […]


June 2017: C.A.R. New and Revised Forms Release

July 12th, 2017 by

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAWCASEY MCINTOSH, PARALEGAL Slated for release the week of June 26, 2017, the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) has issued four new forms and revised 16 existing forms. In keeping with tradition, this month’s Courtside Newsletter will explore these new and revised forms, keeping real estate practitioners apprised of […]


June 2017: CA Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Real Estate Agent in Statute of Frauds Case

July 12th, 2017 by

By: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAWASHLEY A. RICHARDSON, LAW CLERK CASEY MCINTOSH, PARALEGAL In February, the California Court of Appeal (“Court”) ruled on the question of whether a real estate agent can bring a lawsuit against the owners of a property for a commission if not all of the owners signed the listing agreement, […]


May 2017: Real Estate Teams: CalBRE Cracks Down; Benefits of Team Work

May 12th, 2017 by

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAWCASEY MCINTOSH, PARALEGAL Real estate teams have long been held under the California Bureau of Real Estate’s (“CalBRE”) microscope, as well as both lauded and lamented by those in the industry. This month’s Courtside Newsletter will explore why real estate teams are back in the hot seat, and why […]


March 2017 Courtside Newsletter: C.A.R. Winter Business Meetings

March 28th, 2017 by

Available for download in PDF. BY: KELLY A. NEAVEL, ATTORNEY AT LAW ASHLEY A. PLANCHON, LAW CLERK LINDA CONAWAY, LEGAL ASSISTANT Our office once again had the privilege of attending the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) winter business meetings. Below is an overview of some of the topics that were touched upon in those meetings. […]


December 2016 Courtside Newsletter: New Laws Affecting REALTORS®

January 23rd, 2017 by

Available for download in PDF. BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW ASHLEY A. PLANCHON, LAW CLERK CASEY MCINOTSH, PARALEGAL The California Legislature has enacted several new laws that may affect REALTORS® and their practices over the next two years. This month’s Courtside Newsletter provides an overview of those laws and their potential impact. Uniform […]