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June 2016 Archives

Court of Appeal takes a look at arbitration clauses

California's 2nd District Court of Appeal has overruled a lower court's decision in a case involving a contract dispute and a mandatory arbitration clause. The court's decision shows that arbitration clauses contained in contracts may not be as broad as the parties intended if they are not carefully worded.

Pimco predicts falling commercial real estate prices

After reaching record-high prices, California commercial real estate property could fall in value over the next year if analysts' predictions are correct. On June 20, Pacific Investment Management Co. issued a report about the impending 'storm" that it sees coming in the U.S. real estate market. The company predicts that commercial real estate prices could decrease by 5 percent over the next 12 months.

Office space leasing may have room to grow

Among those involved in California commercial real estate, some are concerned that the market is on the verge of declining. While most sectors of commercial real estate have regained their values that existed prior to the recession, the office space sector has not.

Real estate market widens with flexible office space

Traditional office space is losing ground to a new idea in commercial real estate that has taken root in Southern California and around the country. WeWork and other brands are offering flexible desk and office space on a subscription basis with a host of amenities. This new configuration undercuts the old model in several ways. California real estate market investors and developers alike will want to look deeper into this opportunity.

How to make more money in California real estate

For conservative investors, real estate may not seem like something that meets their goals. However, lending to those who are looking to buy homes, fix them and flip for a profit may help increase returns without increasing risk. In general, someone who invests in bonds or other safe assets may see a 3 percent return per year, which may not be satisfactory even for a conservative investor.

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