What Drives a Recession and Why is it Important to You? – By Clifford Hockley, Principal Broker

In economics, a recession is a business cycle contraction when there is a general decline in economic activity. Recessions generally occur when there is a widespread drop in spending.  What is Driving Us Toward an Economic Contraction? The primary factors driving us toward an economic contraction include the following: Increased fuel costs and worldwide lack…

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After the Ruins of the Pandemic, Will the Push for More Stringent Tenant Protections End Up Only Aggravating the Housing Crisis? – by Daniel Bornstein, Esq., Bornstein Law

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Antioch is only the latest city in the Bay Area to enact stronger rent protections by capping rent at 3% or 60% of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever amount is less. Our earlier article discussed some of the forces at play in the spread of rent and tenant protection measures…

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The Federal Government Should Get Out of the Way of Homebuilding – by James S. Burling, Esq.

The federal government isn’t going to solve the housing crisis. With its multiple large, redundant, contradictory, unwieldy, and economically illiterate Washington-centric bureaucracies, we should neither expect nor want the government to be in the homebuilding business. Or to tell us how to do it.  In fact, the best thing the government can do for housing…

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Seven Rental Market Trends to Watch in 2023 – by the Editors of the Rental Housing Journal

Buildium writes about the seven rental market trends for 2023 that the company is seeing in its annual property management and industry report and analyses from leading real estate sources in the industry. The company  reports that over the last two years, many property managers’ business plans “were  reactionary”, keeping their businesses afloat amid lockdowns,…

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A Recap of Housing-Related Bills Passed, Vetoed, or Killed During the 2022 CA State Legislative Session From the SPOSFI Newsletter

BILLS PASSED & SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR: (And supported or sponsored by CalRHA) AB 916 (Salas): Prohibits a city or county legislative body from adopting or enforcing an ordinance requiring a public hearing as a condition of reconfiguring existing space to increase the bedroom count within an existing dwelling unit. AB 1695 (Santiago): Allows for…

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Legal Q & A By Richard Beckman, Esq.

Below are questions asked by rental property owners regarding California rent control laws followed by answers provided by Attorney Richard Beckman. Question 1:  Is there any update on the lawsuits against the eviction moratoriums in Oakland and Alameda County? Answer 1: Somewhat surprisingly, there is no news from the appellate court as to either of…

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