Check Fraud! It Could Happen to You! Tips to Avoid Being a Victim

One of the most prevalent types of check scams is the passing of fraudulent checks to unsuspecting and naive sellers who post personal stuff for sale on public sites. Here is the setup: The sale piece is usually …

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A Look Back at the 2007
Mortgage Meltdown

Through the almost 40 years that I have been in this escrow industry, I have been through  several economic roller coaster rides that have left me dizzy and hanging on, wondering what the industry would look like when …

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Mortgage Meltdown

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California Property Taxes

Secured and Unsecured Taxes What is the difference? Taxes! The bane of our lives! Federal income tax, State income tax, property tax, sales tax, use tax, transfer tax, if the government can find a name for it, they …

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Are You a Foreigner and Need to Know About U.S. FIRPTA Withholding Laws?

FIRPTA Withholding in California – Federal regulations under IRC Code section 1445 (FIRPTA) Are you an individual who is looking to buy a property in the U.S. but you are a foreigner? There are no restrictions for you to …

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California Real Estate Withholding
For All Sellers

 (State of California Real Estate Withholding under the Revenue and Taxation Code Section 18662) Are you an individual who is looking to sell a property in California? There are no restrictions for you to buy, but when it …

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For All Sellers

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