July 2017 Real Estate Law Newsletter

Heading in the Right Direction

It is very easy to be pulled in several different directions during the busy real estate season. When making important decisions, often there are several dimensions to consider, with each option offering a unique blend of benefits and costs. Sometimes, the quickest option or the cheapest option isn’t the best. Sometimes, the right decision isn’t the easiest

Despite the difficulty in choosing the best direction, we at Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP work tirelessly to be the best we can be for our clients. It starts with a devotion to client service, an investment in technology, a commitment to prudent legal service, and a dedication to providing helpful content. In the spirit of this month’s theme, we are excited to bring you webinars, articles, radio podcasts, and more — to help you head in the best possible direction!

Highlights in this month’s issue:

—Read Peter Brewer’s cover story in the most recent edition of Super Lawyers Magazine

—Watch the replay of the Fundamentals of Evictions webinar, presented by Henry Chuang and Ashlee D. Adkins

—See highlights from the firm’s exhibitor booth at the California Mortgage Association Summer Seminar

—Hear the podcast of Simon Offord’s most recent appearance on the Brian Copeland radio show

—Check out the most recent blog article published by Ashlee D. Adkins

—Catch up on updates from the firm, including concerts, speaking engagements, law school teaching positions, trips, birthdays, and more

We hope you enjoy reading the July
edition of our newsletter!

Peter in Super Lawyers

Every year, the Super Lawyers® organization publishes a regional magazine that identifies the top attorneys and law firms in the Northern California region. The top 10% of attorneys in each region earns the designation of “Super Lawyer”. Attorney Peter N. Brewer has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2010.

However, this year is special. In this year’s magazine, Peter Brewer was featured in one of the four cover stories! The 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers magazine includes a cover story about Peter
Brewer and his use of a telepresence robot, after being injured in a horrific motorcycle accident.

You can read the digital version of the magazine article by clicking the button below!

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The rental economy is booming throughout the country. California is one of the most attractive places for investment properties, given the high demand and expensive rent amounts. While the vast majority of tenants are timely with their rent payments and are respectful of the property, not every renter is perfect. Unfortunately, there are some scenarios in which a tenant must be removed from the property. This removal process is called an unlawful detainer, also known as an eviction.

To better understand the eviction process, attorneys Henry Chuang and Ashlee D. Adkins recently presented a webinar about the fundamentals of evictions in California. The webinar is the third installment in our firm’s California Landlord Basics webinar series.

You can watch a video replay of the webinar, and download the slides, by clicking the button below!

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The California Mortgage Association Summer Seminar was held in San Diego earlier this month, from July 13th – 14th. Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP has been a longtime member of CMA, and our attorneys have been attending CMA events for decades. However, this past spring, our firm started sponsoring the events as exhibitors. We are thrilled to support an organization that provides excellent education and networking in service of a unique segment of the lending industry.

The theme for our booth at the summer seminar was “Keep Your Groove Going”. We handed out fun record-shaped fliers, and had
a record player that provided tunes during the event. Additionally, attorneys from our firm were featured speakers during multiple educational sessions, including a presentation about enforcing guarantees and the attorney roundtable. We look forward to attending the next CMA event in Las Vegas!



simon on KGO

On June 29th, attorney Simon Offord appeared as a guest on The Brian Copeland Show on KGO 810. The popular radio talk show is hosted by Brian Copeland, an award-winning actor, comedian, author, and radio personality.

During the real estate clinic, Simon spoke about trends in the Bay Area real estate market and answered questions from callers, along with a panel of local real estate agents.

You can listen to the entire podcast of this month’s show, including Simon Offord’s
insights, by clicking the button below.

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Commercial tenants have different concerns and situations compared to residential tenants. As a result, the unlawful detainer process for
commercial properties is very different than the residential eviction process. For one, commercial tenants are not protected by a warranty of habitability in the same way that residential tenants are, since the lease is not for a person’s place of living. Additionally, the acceptance of rent by a residential landlord acts as a waiver, but acceptance of rent doesn’t always constitute a waiver in commercial leases.

Ashlee D. Adkins discusses some of the differences between commercial and residential evictions in her most recent article, which you can read by clicking the “Read More” button below.

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Brewer Firm News

  • Peter N. Brewer and Simon Offord were the featured speakers at the Silicon Valley
    Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) Los Altos/Mountain View District Tour Meeting on June 16th, speaking about dual agency and liquidated damages
  • Peter N. Brewer accompanied his wife, Laura, a two-time world champion stenographer, to a stenographer conference in Berlin. Following the conference, they joined a
    week-long organized bicycle tour in and around Stockholm and Copenhagen
  • During a fun community event, City of Foster City Mayor Charlie Bronitsky challenged executive chef Marie Abigail Greenberg in a cooking showdown hosted by Atria Senior Living on July 27th
  • Attorney Henry Chuang was selected to be an adjunct professor at Lincoln Law School in San Jose, and will be teaching the Real Property course for the upcoming fall and spring semesters
  • Throughout the month of July, Peter N. Brewer enjoyed the company of clients and colleagues at the Mountain Winery, for concerts by Martina McBride & Lyle Lovett
  • Henry Chuang and his husband enjoyed a week-long vacation in Mexico

  • Simon Offord & Ashlee D. Adkins were successful in settling a commercial unlawful detainer action, effectively removing a commercial tenant from two neighboring retail units in San Mateo county
  • Ashlee D. Adkins celebrated her birthday on July 3rd
  • Office Manager Jessica Urioste was thrilled to spend a week with her nephews visiting from central California, during the week of July 10th
  • Simon Offord advised numerous clients on several of commercial leases, including both landlords and tenants. This included preparation of leases, review of existing leases, and review of CC&Rs for potential space for clients.